Tiffin to host Heritage Ohio Workshop Nov. 9

revit1As a newly minted Main Street Community, Tiffin will be hosting its first Heritage Ohio Workshop: The Economics of Aesthetics on Nov. 9. The workshop is part of the Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series and will feature speakers presenting on the importance of creating memorable, attractive and pedestrian friendly places and how to go about creating such places. Topics will include fostering high quality private investment, creating walkable places, and increasing community engagement. The workshop will conclude with an afternoon placemaking activity facilitated by DS Architects, in which attendees will walk the downtown and reconvene with placemaking ideas specific to the town.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

8:30      Registration

9:00      Welcome

9:15      Understanding Public Space – DS Architecture, Kristen Crocker and Doug Fuller

10:00    Community Engagement and Walkability – Placemakes, Stacy Buttari and Jessica Matthews

10:45    Planning for the Aesthetic- Small Changes BIG Ideas – OHM – Aaron Domini

11:15    Tiffin Downtown Revitalization Projects – Amy Reinhart (SIEDC’s Downtown Main Street Manager for Tiffin)

12:00    Lunch on your own

1:45      Place Game – Facilitated by DS Architecture Staff

4:00      Review Place Game Results

5:00      Workshop Concludes

The event will be held on the second floor of the Tiffin Knights of Columbus and is open to all Tiffin community members. Click here to register (select the Main Street Community option) or learn more.

About the Revitalization Series

The Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series is a quarterly workshop covering each of the Main Street Four Points during the course of a year. The series features expert presenters from Ohio and beyond discussing such topics as fundraising, volunteer management, bikeability, special events, marketing, real estate, business development and much more. Each workshop is held in a different Ohio Main Street Community and will benefit anyone working in community development or downtown revitalization.

Second Annual Downtown Summit May 18

2014_04_15-town-center-signOn May 18, SIEDC will hold the second annual Downtown Summit. This is an opportunity for community members to learn about completed projects, ongoing projects and future projects aimed at making downtown Tiffin a great place to live, work, own a business and thrive!

This year’s Summit will feature the unveiling of the Downtown Tiffin Strategic Growth & Development Plan, which outlines possible projects to transform downtown Tiffin. Also new this year, awards will be presented for Volunteer of the Year, Downtown Development and Lifetime Achievement in Downtown Revitalization.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Social hour.
  • 6:00 – 6:15 p.m. – Welcome and 2015 overview.
  • 6:15 – 6:30p .m. – Downtown committee chairs present 2016 goals.
  • 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Unveiling of the Downtown Tiffin Strategic Growth & Development Plan.
  • 7:00 – 7:40 p.m. – Table discussions.
  • 7:40 – 8:00 p.m. – Award presentations.

The following day, May 19 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., SIEDC will host a workshop on the Heidelberg Campus, “The Dollars and Sense of Revitalization.” This workshop is free to Tiffin residents and is an opportunity to learn how to implement projects and will feature speakers on: historic tax credits, investor pods, easement incentives and downtown Community Development Block Grant.

To register for either event, visit If you have questions, please call the SIEDC office at 419.447.3831.