State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today applauded Heritage Ohio, Inc. for selecting Tiffin to be the newest member of the Ohio Main Street Program. Tiffin will now join 23 other communities throughout the state in the Main Street Program, which offers training and support for downtown revitalization efforts.

“We have had so many people working to show off the amazing possibilities we have right here in Tiffin,” Rep. Reineke said. “Having Heritage Ohio recognize those efforts by selecting Tiffin for their Main Street Program is validation for the vision we have for Tiffin. The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation has helped lead the way to revitalize our downtown area. Our partners at the Tiffin Historic Trust, Heidelberg University, Tiffin University, the Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce, Tiffin Tomorrow, as well as our city and county government leaders have provided a united force in this effort. Today, we can celebrate a very bright future for our community. I encourage everyone to stay involved to bring Tiffin into a new era of prosperity.”

Representatives from Heritage Ohio were hosted by the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation yesterday to complete the selection process. Tiffin had previously participated in the Downtown Affiliate Program, and by meeting other downtown revitalization criteria, the city qualified for the more elite Main Street Program. Included benefits of the program are volunteer and program manager training, marketing and promotion, business recruitment, market analysis, design, historic preservation and fundraising.

In Ohio, the Main Street Program has already made significant strides in communities like Findlay, Norwalk and Sandusky. Across the nation, the National Main Street Center has utilized a similar program to help create over 450,000 jobs, over 100,000 new businesses and more than $55 billion in downtown investment.

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