Heritage Ohio

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for the second year in a row

 

DOWNTOWN TIFFIN LOGO CMYKDowntown Tiffin has once again been recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. This is the second year in a row that Tiffin has received this honor.

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. In 2016 and 2017, Downtown Tiffin received accreditation for its Main Street program from both organizations.

From Heritage Ohio:

Ohio Main Street

Columbus OH – Heritage Ohio is proud to announce the 2017 certification of Downtown Tiffin as a National Main Street Community. Tiffin became a member of the Main Street program in 2016, and since continues to revitalize the historic downtown district.

After a half day evaluation process, the board of Downtown Tiffin exhibited evidence of a healthy program working toward measurable outcomes in downtown revitalization. Downtown Tiffin is being recognized as proficient in the ten criteria as set by the National Main Street Center.  This designation is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Downtown Tiffin Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.

Heritage Ohio helps people to: save the places that matter, build community, and live better. 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 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.

Contest winners open for business

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Zoe and Spenser with the contest judges.

In September of 2016 the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group held a contest to give a space to an aspiring entrepreneur rent free for one year. From the applicant pool, seven possible businesses were chosen to present their business in front of a panel, who decided the winner. This week, contest winners Zoe Dolch and Spenser Blackiston will open Washington Street Outfitters in the Laird Arcade.

Their store is located on the interior of the Laird Arcade (corner of Market and Washington Streets) and features men and women’s clothing and jewelry as well as new and used vinyl records and home decor. “It’s a mixed-merchandise approach, ” Zoe said. “We have hundreds of items and different styles as well as staple items.”

As winners of the contest, in addition to free rent, they received two business organization sessions with professional organizer Reannon Hayes, six sessions from KKR Consult, a business consulting and dream coaching service, and meetings with Retail is Detail (provided by Heritage Ohio), which provided marketing and demographic information for the area. The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services provided one year of free membership, which includes participation in the Chamber Cash gift certificate program.

After winning the contest, they were also contacted by groups at both Heidelberg and Tiffin Universities looking to take an active role in marketing. The Enactus group from Heidelberg has been helping the pair since a couple weeks after the contest, assisting with tasks ranging from building clothing racks to planning the grand opening. Tiffin University marketing students also started working on a marketing campaign that will be presented to Zoe and Spenser upon completion.

“I love the students,” Zoe said. “Working with them has been a great experience and a lot of fun.”

Zoe and Spenser are recent college graduates who were originally looking to start careers elsewhere and defer their dream of opening their own store when they learned about the business contest. “We didn’t know if we could win, but we knew we could put our whole hearts in it,” Zoe said. “We didn’t anticipate this opportunity, it just came about and it felt right.”

Property Manager for the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group and organizer of the contest Tyler Shuff said he is working with runners-up of the contest to help them launch their business ideas. “The contest was great and brought everyone out of the woodwork that had an idea. Even though there was only one winner, I want to help all seven finalists,” he said. “We are looking at doing another contest within the next year or two, with the goal of getting people downtown and giving their business a head-start.”

Two of the finalists now have office space in the Laird Arcade – Small Victories Financial Coaching and Lascala IT. Shuff is currently working with a wine and craft bar, dance studio and business incubator to find space downtown.

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.

Downtown Tiffin recognized at Heritage Ohio Conference

Last week, SIEDC staff attended the Heritage Ohio Annual Conference in downtown Cincinnati. Staff members attended educational sessions on redevelopment, state-wide and national incentive programs, historical preservation and more.

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We also took walking tours of retail shops, restaurants, business development locations, community developments (such as parks and other public spaces), all within once neglected historical neighborhoods of downtown Cincinnati.

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Not only did we gather a wealth of information to be used in our downtown revitalization efforts, on Tuesday night, we were joined by Tiffin community members and downtown advocates as we were recognized as an official Main Street Community.

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We are excited to apply what we’ve learned to our own downtown!

SIEDC to celebrate Main Street Tiffin distinction

Former OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel to speak

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 2, 2016 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation would like to invite the community to celebrate Tiffin’s new status as a Heritage Ohio Main Street Community at the Knights of Columbus, 49 E. Perry St., on Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

“The Tiffin community began working toward this distinction many years ago, so it is very exciting to finally be able to say we are a Main Street Community,” SIEDC Downtown Development Coordinator and Executive Director of Main Street Tiffin Amy Reinhart said. “We are making great strides in downtown Tiffin with 28 Facade Enhancement Grant approvals since September 2014, 11 new downtown businesses since January 2015 and our great festivals bringing thousands downtown to see what is happening.”

The event will feature speaker Craig Krenzel, former OSU quarterback, 2002 National Championship winner and two-time Fiesta Bowl MVP. He will talk about teamwork in community development. Heritage Ohio Executive Director Joyce Barrett and Director of Revitalization Jeff Siegler will also be in attendance.

Entertainment will be provided by local classic rock band MOJO. Food and beverages will be provided by local businesses, including Buffalo Wild Wings, Jolly’s Drive-In, Reino’s, The Empire at 138, Bailiwicks and Madison Street Tavern.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Bryce Riggs at riggs@senecacounty.org or 419.889.3932.

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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

About Main Street

Main Street is a comprehensive revitalization program that promotes historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts. Established in 1997, the Heritage Ohio Main Street Program is dedicated to empowering each community within the state to maintain, strengthen and revitalize the unique physical, economic, historical and cultural characteristics of its own Downtown, Urban Neighborhood District or Village center.

 

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.