Main Street Program

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for fifth year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 12, 2021 – For the fifth year, Downtown Tiffin has been re -recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. 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.

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 2016-2020.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 55 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and nearly $33 million in investment has occurred in the downtown.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with two statewide awards by Heritage Ohio, Best Downtown Placemaking for the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater at the East Green and National Corner and Historic Farmstead of the Year for Winterberry Farm. Since 2017, Downtown Tiffin has received six additional awards and one honorable mention from Heritage Ohio.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was glad to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “I’m honored that Downtown Tiffin has received its accreditation for the fifth year. Especially during this difficult year, I’m proud of our business and building owners and the hard work of Amy Reinhart, Director of Downtown Revitalization for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership,  and members of the downtown development committees.”

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

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for third year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – FEBRUARY 8, 2019 – For the third year in a row, Downtown Tiffin has been re-recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional 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.

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 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 42 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and more than $25 million in investment has occurred in the downtown, creating a vibrancy.

This past October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with three statewide awards by Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony. The Façade Enhancement Grant program won Best Public/Private Partnership; Suzie Reineke and Weston Reinbolt won Young Preservation Leaders; and Amy Reinhart won Main Street Manager of the Year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, who participated in the accreditation process Jan. 30 at Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, was excited to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “We are doing great things in Tiffin, and it is validating to see that our efforts were recognized for a third year by Heritage Ohio. A big thank you to Amy Reinhart and the hard work of those citizens, business and building owners in our downtown development committees.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

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

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.

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.