The Board and Committees are made up of volunteers who give their time and talents to help make a positive impact on the Downtown.

If you have any questions, or concerns, or would like to get involved, please reach out to any of the Board members. 

Downtown Committees

  • Development Board and Operations Committee is responsible for short-term and long-term planning as well as developing and following the vision and mission. This Board will assist the Director of Downtown Revitalization with maintaining full Main Street Status.
  • Business Enhancement involves strengthening the existing economic base of the downtown while diversifying it. Business enhancement activities include helping existing downtown businesses, recruiting new businesses, providing a balanced mix, converting unused space into productive property, and sharpening the competitiveness of downtown merchants.
  • Design involves improving the downtown’s image by improving its physical appearance – not just the appearance of buildings, but also of street lights, window displays, parking areas, signs, sidewalks, streetscapes, landscaping, promotional materials, and all other elements that convey a visual message about what the downtown is and what it has to offer.
  • Marketing involves marketing the downtown’s unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses, tourists, and others. Effective promotion creates a positive image of the downtown through retail promotional activity and special events utilizing the downtown as a stage area of community activities.
  • Merchants - this is not part of one of the Heritage Ohio 4 points but an extremely important group for Downtown Tiffin. This is open to any brick & mortar business owner in Downtown Tiffin.
Downtown Street View
Development Board

Development Board and Operations Committee Accomplishments

  • Establish downtown goals and direction annually
  • Plan annual fundraising events: St. Paddy’s Day 5 and downtown Tiffin banner sales
  • Annual Main Street Trip: visiting another Ohio Main Street community each year to bring back best practices and new ideas to continue to enhance Downtown Tiffin.
  • Plan the annual Main Street Celebration & Summit to celebrate the successes downtown each year and present the annual Downtown Tiffin Awards.
  • Prepare the awards submissions to Heritage Ohio to continue to get Downtown Tiffin recognized at the state level for the great work going on locally.

Development Board and Operations Committee Scope

  • Downtown Celebration & Summit
  • Annual State Awards
  • 5K Fundraiser
  • Recommendations from Committees to City/County
  • Annual Accreditation
Business Enhancement Committee

Business Enhancement Accomplishments

  • Business outreach called INSIGHT - each year the committee members reach out to all downtown businesses to see how they are doing, if they are aware of incentives, if they are receiving the Downtown Digest (monthly e-newsletter), and determine if we can do anything to assist them.
  • The Student Discount Cards are prepared by this committee to encourage college students to shop downtown
  • They created the Downtown Tiffin Directory which is an online shoppers directory of any downtown business that would like to participate. It is a searchable database where shoppers or merchants can find products and services available downtown and which businesses offer those items. It also takes you directly to each business website for ease of online shopping and additional business information.
  • Trivia Nights in Downtown Tiffin is an initiative that this committee manages each month. It takes place monthly on Third Thursday in a different location to get community members into different shops and restaurants to create awareness.
  • DORA was an initiative that this committee put together. They worked on the details, application, and final information for the City of Tiffin.
  • Food Truck policy recommendations were put together in this committee and the City of Tiffin implemented based on those recommendations.
  • Recruitment Survey

Business Enhancement Scope

  • INSIGHT visits 
  • Business Recruitment
  • Trivia Nights Downtown
  • Discount Cards
  • Recruitment Packets 
  • Recruitment Survey 

Business Enhancement Committee Members

  • Molly Depew, Chair - Tiffin City Schools
  • Jen Burns - Rustic Flair
  • Dale Depew - Seneca News Daily
  • Keith Hodkinson - WBVI
  • Bill Jones - Re/Max
  • Shane Parendo - Tiffin University            
  • Ashley Poppe - Helmstetter - Heidelberg
  • Joe Steinmetz - Sarka Sheetmetal 
  • Kit Tiell - Tiell Financial                        
  • Chip Vandette - Croghan Colonial Bank
Design Committee

Design Accomplishments

  • Downtown Wayfinding and parking signage
  • Completed the Clouse-Kirian Leadership Park project in conjunction with Leadership Seneca County
  • Cherry Alley renovation project
  • Art Policy recommendations to the City of Tiffin
  • Window Mural for vacant property at 33 South Washington Street
  • Planning downtown Clean-ups
  • Acquiring downtown Bike racks, picnic tables, and planters through grants

Design Scope

  • Alley Investigation: Court Street early investigation with stakeholders
  • Art Policy recommendations 
  • Continue the Facade Program
  • Downtown-Cleanups
  • Priority List of Projects (e.g., parking lot design, car charging stations, lighting, bikeshare investigation, streetscape items)
  • Streetscaping
  • Zoning Code
  • Public Arts Policy 
  • Richland County Building Department Research – there is a group working on this. 
  • Parking Lot Lighting & Design
  • Entryway into Downtown (investigate)
  • Wayfinding Updates

Design Committee Members

  • Brian Perrine, Chair- Clouse Electric    
  • Michael Work, Vice Chair - RCM Architects    
  • Zack Allen - Sarka
  • Tony Consolo - ABR/ DTS            
  • Reannon Hayes - Five Star Maintenance  
  • Mike Pinkston - Shade Tree Commission    
  • Nick Dutro - City Administrator        
  • Matt Watson - City Engineer
  • Natalie Wertz
Marketing Committee

Marketing Accomplishments

  • Downtown Events: 
    • Third Thursday’s focused on bringing people into downtown on a regular basis to learn what we have to offer (human nature - you don’t go to unfamiliar places) and encourage them to come back and support our small businesses. 2021 Third Thursday includes: Cruising Car Show, Sweet Summertime, Taste of Downtown Tiffin, SCYP Pizza Party, and Downtown Trick or Treat.
    • Downtown Tiffin Scavenger Hunt to create awareness of the businesses among community members and university students.
    • Promote Retailer events: Chocolate Walk, Summer Stroll, Pumpkin Stroll, Christmas Walk. We also highlight live music, Farmers Markets, and other events that the retail business adds Downtown Tiffin as a co-host. 
  • Downtown Tiffin Facebook page where we promote downtown events, projects, and businesses
  • Maintain and track major events for the year (printed event rack cards or QR code stickers)
  • Update downtown maps and kiosks annually
  • Create social media and radio commercials to promote downtown as a whole. 

Marketing Scope 2022

  • Welcome Binder 
  • Education of Main Street to Community: Informational/ welcome packet
  • Video Advertising: 2022 Downtown Tiffin Hype Video
  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Marketing Budget
  • Events - Raise Funding
  • Rack Cards, Maps & Posters
  • Outdoor Advertising
  • Radio Advertising
  • Third Thursday Planning/Event Coordination with Retailers

Marketing Committee Members

  • Audrey Burkholder - AB Digital Marketing
  • Greg Dell - Reineke Dealerships    
  • Nick Dutro - City of Tiffin
  • Donna Gross - Releve Barre Studio
  • Kate Hade - Rose & Co Mercantile
  • Becca Kielbasa - Tiffin University    
  • Mary Lewis - Retired 
  • Josh Randell, Chair - Concordance/ Red Raven    
  • Sam Smith - Reineke Dealerships
  • Jeff Snavley, Community Member
  • Erin Snook - RS Financial
  • Dave Spridgeon - Owner Renaissance      
  • Marisa Stephens - Destination SC
  • Kayleigh Tschanen - Tiffin-Seneca Library
  • Vickie Wilkins, Vice Chair - Tiffin University
Merchant Meetings

Downtown Merchants meet on a monthly basis.  This is an opportunity for downtown businesses to get together and plan the best ways to support each other and the downtown business community as a whole. They plan events that support each other and create business collaborations. It is also a good way to stay in touch with the main downtown activities through TSEP and the Main Street program (downtown revitalization), collaborate with the downtown Marketing Committee (they manage the Downtown Tiffin Facebook page, radio and social media commercials, provide support of downtown events when needed, put together third Thursday’s, and more), hear updates from the Chamber of Commerce and more. 


  • Continued Education
  • Provide business support for each other