Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for fourth year

For the fourth year, Downtown Tiffin has been re-recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community, according to a news release from Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.

The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, the release said it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions and economic vitality.

Each point is an integral part in the revitalization of a downtown area, the release said.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. Accreditation must be earned every year by meeting the program’s high standards as determined by an annual quality audit by state officials, the release said. With this distinction, Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at the state and national level for 2016-2019.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state, the release said. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, TSEP said 43 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and more than $29 million in investment has occurred in the downtown.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with two statewide awards and an honorable mention by Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony. The Ritz Theatre won the Historic Theater of the Year Award; Tiffin Capital Investments LLC won the Best Upper Floor Residential Rehabilitation Award for Court Street Lofts, 33 Court St.; and Reclaim It 127 won honorable mention for the Main Street Business of the Year Award. Downtown Tiffin also received three awards in 2018 and one in 2017.

“I’m honored that Downtown Tiffin again has been recognized by Heritage Ohio,” said Mayor Aaron Montz in the release. “I want to thank and congratulate Amy Reinhart and the hard work of business and building owners and members of the downtown development committees.”

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., TSEP is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving economic, downtown and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County.

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