Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

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

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.

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

Leadership Park announced


Preliminary rendering of Leadership Park design.

Two years after the Leadership Seneca County class of 2014 reached their goal of raising $45,000 for a downtown park,  Leadership Park has been announced at the corner of South Washington Street and Riverside Drive in downtown Tiffin.

2014 LSC graduate John Kerschner spoke on behalf of his class. “We would like to thank all of the donors that made the project possible. This park has been a work in progress for quite some time; it’s very exciting to see the tangible results of all the hard work done behind the scenes by the Leadership class and the City of Tiffin,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz has been an advocate for the project since it was announced, helping to form a partnership between the Leadership class and the city in which the city contributed $20,000 to the park. “I am very pleased by the way this project came together. This park will be a beautiful addition to our downtown and a great community gathering place,” he said. “It is also a great example of what private-public partnerships can accomplish for the community.”

The design has been laid out and construction will begin soon. Park features include decorative pavers, a gazebo and benches. The City of Tiffin and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services have also collaborated to install a live white spruce tree, to serve as the community Christmas tree.

“While we enjoyed the temporary downtown green space, it is great to have a permanent park downtown, and a living tree that will be in that location for the community to enjoy for years to come,” Chamber President and CEO John Detwiler said.