2020 TSEP Success Report

TSEP Success Report - 2020

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DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION

There were a number of strong marketing and business enhancement efforts underway in 2020. We reached out to every single downtown business during the coronavirus pandemic. We held the Auction of Firsts, which raised funds for downtown businesses. We facilitat- ed the creation of a mini-guide for downtown retailers. The Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) was estab- lished. We assisted many downtown businesses get access to Tiffin and Seneca CARES Small Business Relief Grants. We held events like the Tiffin Tales, Bunny Hop, Christmas Walk, the month-long Downtown Summit and Celebration, and the Summit Stroll, with QR codes linking to videos for several downtown establishments and projects.

A number of improvements to the overall appearance were made to the downtown in 2020. There were 7 facade projects supported by the Facade En- hancement Grant program, and 3 additional facade projects supported by a $20,000 Heritage Ohio grant we were awarded. The Jefferson Street Streetscape project was completed, in- cluding new curb and sidewalks, decorative stamped concrete and crosswalks, decorative light poles, signage, and trees. 10 new picnic tables for outdoor seating, 10 new bike racks, and 7 cigarette containers were purchased and installed. In addition, TSEP developed a formal Request For Proposal (RFP) process the City/County could use for any downtown public property it wishes to develop.

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First Floor Commercial Occupancy Rate in 2020. (Report to Heritage Ohio) 91 %

Number of net, new jobs created in downtown Tiffin in 2020. (Report to Heritage Ohio)

Number of new business- es to open or locate in downtown Tiffin in 2020. (Report to Heritage Ohio)

Number of facade projects that were approved for grant funding in 2020.

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