Tiffin is home away from home for ‘Berg students for a short four years. More and more, the city is growing and improving with great new offerings and opportunities for college students and residents, such as Chipotle and Tim Horton’s!
Students new to Heidelberg begin to explore downtown Tiffin for the first time when they participate in the Around the Town event, which is hosted jointly with Tiffin University at a downtown location. The connection between the city and the two universities provide unique partnerships for the students and the community.
The newest project is the Rock Creek Trail, completed in September, is a 1.5-mile paved trail that winds from Calvert High School in downtown Tiffin, along the scenic Rock Creek, through Heidelberg’s campus and ends at Hedges-Boyer Park. It provides another safe option for students and residents to walk, run or bike. It also provides convenient access to Peaceful and Hidden Valley, Heidelberg’s baseball, softball and soccer complexes and another route to the local YMCA.
A great deal of the credit for the growth goes to youthful Mayor Aaron Montz, who’s in his second term and also happens to be an ’07 ‘Berg alum. Another ‘Berg alum, Bryce Riggs ’16, turned an internship at the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. into a full-time job as SIEDC’s development coordinator. Bryce helped come up with the Top 5 list of upcoming projects that make Tiffin an even better home away from home:
New Restaurants – at least 8 new restaurants in the past 2 years, with more on the way. Popular new restaurants include Buffalo Wild Wings and Jimmy John’s, among others.
Wayfinding Signage – An investment of $100,000 allowed for the installation of wayfinding signage to help visitors and residents more easily find their way to attractions and parking in downtown Tiffin.
New Joint Justice Center – Ground was broken in July for the first joint city-county court system housed under the same roof in the state of Ohio., to be located in the heart of the downtown district.
Façade Enhancement – The city has invested $250,000 million with reinvestment of nearly $1.2 million for 38 improvement projects to downtown businesses in the past two years.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library Renovations – Announced just a few weeks ago, the $300,000-$400,000 yearlong renovation project will provide an improved experience for everyone in the community in both layout and tech services.