Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation for third straight year

For the third year in a row, Downtown Tiffin has been 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 or traditional 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 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 the state and national level for 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state, the release said. Since the first year of accreditation in 2015, 42 new businesses have located downtown and more than $25 million in investment has occurred in the downtown, creating a vibrancy, the release said.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with three state 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.

Mayor Aaron Montz, who participated in the accreditation process Jan. 30 at Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, said in the release he 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 and business owners in our downtown development committees.”