Downtown Tiffin earns Main Street accreditation with Heritage Ohio for sixth year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 18, 2022 – The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is excited to announce that for the sixth year in a row, Downtown Tiffin has been recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. It also retains its official Ohio Main Street Community status.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. Accreditation is an honor that must be earned every year by meeting the program’s high standards as determined by an annual quality audit by state officials. With this distinction, Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for 2016-2021.

Heritage Ohio’s Director of Revitalization, Frances Jo Hamilton, said following this year’s review, “Tiffin never fails to impress, their ongoing work to build this organization and sustain its strength is a mark of the efforts of so many dedicated volunteers.”

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 56 net new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and more than $37 million in investment has occurred in the downtown.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with a statewide award by Heritage Ohio, Main Street Business of the Year for The Renaissance of Tiffin and Barrel 51. Since 2017, Downtown Tiffin has received eight additional awards and one honorable mention from Heritage Ohio.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was glad to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “It is great to receive state and national accreditation for the sixth year in a row. Tiffin’s downtown is growing and thriving due to the hard work of the downtown committees and volunteers, the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, as well as the business owners, building owners and our great community.”

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

About Heritage Ohio

As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org.

About the Ohio Main Street Program

The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions and economic vitality. Each point is an integral part in the successful revitalization of a downtown area.

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