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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.

TSEP purchases building in Downtown Tiffin

First floor to be renovated with new offices, visitor center

The Grummel-Remmele Block building (1881)

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 6, 2022 – With this building purchase, TSEP intends to begin renovation of the first floor to include a new Welcome Center for Destination Seneca County and new offices for TSEP and The Chamber. While renovations are being completed, TSEP and the Chamber will be operating out of the second floor of the building, which will be accessible to the public during business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Built in 1881, 94-96 S. Washington Street is marked as the Grummel-Remmele Block. The building has had many tenants in its history, including American Discount and most recently as the American Institute of Massage Therapy.

TSEP, then Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., purchased the Bradley Building in 2010 and made that theirs and the Chamber’s offices for more than 10 years. This move brings the offices back into the heart of Downtown Tiffin, after having previously operated out of 62 S. Washington St.

TSEP President & CEO David Zak said with the announcement, “It is exciting to move back to and invest in historic downtown Tiffin. With this project, TSEP joins the many property owners and investors who are financially committed to revitalizing our civic core. As the lead agency for downtown revitalization, it’s right where we belong, and we couldn’t be happier working side by side with the Chamber and Destination Seneca County.” Chamber Executive Director Bryce Riggs agreed, saying, “We are excited about this next evolution for the Chamber and tourism in Seneca County. We believe a new, upscale welcome center will be inviting and informative for visitors and residents alike.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership’s commitment to purchase and renovate its new building in Downtown Tiffin shows the organization is willing to lead by example by preserving their historic property.” Seneca County Commissioner Tony Paradiso added, “I’m excited to see TSEP continuing to invest in Seneca County. Above all, I’m excited about the opportunities of the welcome center to bring people into our community.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

About the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

For over a century, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services has been the trusted source of knowledge and support for area businesses. As innovators who find new ways of getting things done, we are staying up to date on economic, community, and technological developments. The Chamber wants their members to thrive, raising the bar for growth and prosperity in Seneca County. Learn more at www.TiffinChamber.com.

3rd Annual Motors N’ Music in Tiffin

Reineke Family Dealerships to host Car Show and Road Rally in Scenic Downtown Tiffin 

Press Release via Reineke Family Dealerships

TIFFIN, OHIO – Reineke Family Dealerships (including Reineke’s Tiffin Ford Lincoln, Reineke Collision Center, Reineke RV, and Eclipse Auto Care) will host a car show and road rally on Saturday, August 21st, 2021, in downtown Tiffin at the East Tower (109 Jefferson St.). All proceeds from the event will benefit The East Green Summer Concert Series. 

“We’re excited to host this car show and road rally again this year and look forward to spending the day in downtown Tiffin!” said Dan Reineke, Reineke Family Dealerships.  

The Motors N’ Music Car Show will run from 3pm to 7pm at the East Tower property. While the car show is happening, an optional road rally will take place at 4:30pm taking those car show participants on a scenic journey through the countryside and city of Tiffin. At the conclusion of the car show (approximately 6:45pm), commemorative trophies will be awarded prior to the start of the evening’s concert. Following the awards, everyone is encouraged to attend the free concert at 8pm with Shayna Steele at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater.  

You can pre-register your vehicle for $10 (and get a free t-shirt) at www.drivereineke.com/car-show or register your vehicle the day of for $15.  General admission is free to the public.     

Lastly, the all-new and highly anticipated Ford Bronco will be on site for viewing. 

See flyer for more information, visit www.drivereineke.com/car-show or reach out to Greg Dell. 

About Reineke Family Dealerships 

Reineke Family Dealerships, founded in 1960 by William F. Reineke, Sr., is a family-owned dealership organization known for strong customer loyalty and high sales and service ratings.  Reineke Family Dealerships operates in Fostoria, Tiffin, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Findlay, North Baltimore, and sells Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles, and most recently, Reineke RV in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.     

About The East Green Summer Concert Series & Amphitheater 

The East Green Summer Concert Series is a local non-profit arts organization that is building an enduring legacy of art and beautiful music in the Tiffin-Seneca County area by encouraging artists and musicians with grants, scholarships, and performance and teaching opportunities. The main purpose of this not-for-profit entity is to promote fine arts, the performing arts and music education while engaging the community. All performances are held in the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater, downtown Tiffin’s newest outdoor live music venue 

About Shayna Steele 

One of the most dynamic singers in a generation, Shayna Steele effortlessly crosses over between soul, blues and gospel to retro R&B and jazz.  Shayna has performed as background vocalist with Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Bette Midler and Steely Dan, and tours as a featured vocalist with Grammy Award winner Chris Botti. She was a featured vocalist on Snarky Puppy’s “Family Dinner” and reached #1 on the Dance Billboard charts as featured vocalist on Moby’s “Disco Lies.”  Shayna’s Broadway credits include Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and a member of the Dynamites in the original cast of Hairspray.  A self-proclaimed “American Air Force brat,” she grew up all over the world, but now calls New York City home. This is Shayna’s second appearance in Tiffin with her pianist and partner, Ohio native David Cook.