Main Street Ohio

Downtown Tiffin wins Heritage Ohio Award

SIEDC, Chamber, universities recognized for Around the Town event

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 18, 2017 –  The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) Downtown Marketing Committee and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services received the Heritage Ohio Award for “Best Main Street Committee Event” for the annual Around the Town event in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse October 17.

Around the Town is an annual event introducing incoming Heidelberg and Tiffin University students to businesses and organizations in the community. For 20 years, the event was held on the colleges’ respective campuses. In 2015, the Chamber partnered with the Downtown Marketing Committee through SIEDC and event was brought to a central location downtown, bringing both schools together and highlighting the proximity of downtown to the students.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the partnership and stressed the importance of downtown revitalization efforts. “Around the Town is a wonderful event bringing together the college students and the community,” he said. “It is great to see our community organizations working together, and our commitment to the Main Street downtown approach paying off.”

Tiffin officially became a Heritage Ohio Main Street community in 2016, after two years of affiliate membership. The Ohio Main Street Program works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. The program works on a four-point approach emphasizing, organization, design, promotions and marketing, and economic development in downtown revitalization.

About Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage. Formed in 1989, is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program. In 2002, Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heritage Ohio mission is to help people: save the places that matter, building community, and live better. Learn more at www.heritageohio.org.

Many communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The awards recognize the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of people, businesses, and organizations across the state. The Selection Committee reported an increased level of quality in nominations, awarding 16 categories at this year’s event.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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.senecasuccess.com.

Heritage Ohio Announces New Ohio Main Street Community

Ohio Main Street

Columbus, Ohio – Heritage Ohio, Inc. announced Tiffin has been selected as the newest community to join the Ohio Main Street Program. Tiffin has been participating in Heritage Ohio’s Downtown Affiliate Program, building the capacity needed to be successful in revitalizing downtown. The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation hosted a seven member selection committee on December 10. During the community review process SIEDC, the Tiffin Historic Trust, and various individuals and committee members had the opportunity to present their program of work as well as answer questions put forth by the selection committee. Tiffin will join an elite group of 23 additional communities dedicated to a comprehensive and highly successful trademarked Main Street revitalization strategy.

Current Ohio Main Street Programs include: Cambridge, Chardon, Defiance, Delaware, Findlay, Greenville, Warehouse District (Cleveland), Gateway Neighborhood (Cleveland), Kent, Lakewood, Lebanon, Marietta, Medina, Millersburg, Mt. Vernon, Norwalk, Painesville, Piqua, Portsmouth, Sandusky, Troy, Van Wert, Vermillion, Wooster,).

Main Street communities receive intensive training and technical support needed to restore their central and neighborhood business districts to centers of community activity and commerce. The assistance includes volunteer and program manager training, marketing and promotion, business recruitment, market analysis, design, historic preservation and fundraising. The Heritage Ohio Main Street Program will also conduct on-site visits to help each community develop its work program and plan for success.

“Tiffin has demonstrated a local commitment to establishing a downtown revitalization program as well as a very impressive partnership between the city, county, industry and colleges,” commented Joyce Barrett, Director of Heritage Ohio. SIEDC is planning an event for the public announcement.

The Heritage Ohio Main Street Program is modeled on the National Main Street Center’s comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization. Benefits of this program include renewed vitality of the downtown/district area along with enhanced economic performance. Today, the Main Street Program has been instituted in 43 states and over 2,050 communities. Nationwide, it has helped create 473,439 net new jobs and opened 109,664 net new businesses creating a total reinvestment of over $55 billion.

Heritage Ohio began, as Downtown Ohio, Inc., organized in 1989 is a statewide non-profit corporation that encourages the development, redevelopment and improvement of downtowns and neighborhood commercial district areas throughout Ohio. Heritage Ohio works as a catalyst for downtown and neighborhood district development by gathering together revitalization organizations, conducting statewide seminars and conferences and providing a network of members to share knowledge, common experiences and challenges concerning downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Heritage Ohio is dedicated to assisting self-motivated communities through technical assistance, training and networking in all facets of downtown and commercial district development. Heritage Ohio advocates for revitalization and historic preservation issues at the state and federal levels. Additionally, the organization publishes Revitalize Ohio, a quarterly statewide preservation/revitalization magazine. Membership in Heritage Ohio is available to any community, organization, corporation or individual interested in comprehensive downtown or commercial district revitalization.
For more information regarding the Heritage Ohio Main Street Program or assistance available to communities contact Heritage Ohio at 614.258.6200 or visit http://www.heritageohio.org.

Representatives focused on downtown revitalization

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Left to Right: Tyler Shuff, Jessica Williams, Bryce Riggs, Amy Reinhart and State Representative Bill Reineke at the Ohio Statehouse

Earlier this month elected officials, business owners, and members of SIEDC gathered in Columbus for the 2015 Heritage Ohio / Main Street Annual Conference. In attendance were Tyler Shuff, Jessica Williams, Bryce Riggs, Amy Reinhart, and John Kerschner. The Main Street Program, a brand of Heritage Ohio which was developed from the National Historic Trust Organization, is focused on preservation and revitalization of Ohio’s downtowns. Main Street is a comprehensive program that focuses on multiple aspects of the revitalization of the downtown at one time. It is called the four point approach: The four points of focus are Operations, Design, Marketing, and Business Enhancement. These four committees were formed in 2014 and immediately began assessing the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan for direction. The plan is set up with the four point approach in mind and contains 124 different action items for revitalization. Some of the topics covered at the 2015 conference were:

  • Building Departments
  • Site Selection
  • Small Deal Financing
  • Incentives at the Local Level
  • Vacant Property Programs
  • Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits
  • Alternative Building Code
  • ADA Compliance
  • First Floor Retail Vibrancy

There were many other seminars and tours that took place during the conference along with the award ceremony for buildings and communities around Ohio.  It is important to see how other communities are successfully revitalizing their downtowns so we can utilize that information for the betterment of Tiffin.  The Main Street network is the key to sharing and creating successful programs that are tried and true. On November 2nd Tiffin City Council will be voting on Resolution 15-25 which approves an application for Tiffin to become a member of the Main Street Program. If this measure passes is will put Tiffin in the running to join an organization of other elite and thriving downtown communities across the state of Ohio.