$1.6M residential rehab project receives tax credits

Historic restauration awarded $250,000 to offset restoration costs

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TIFFIN, OHIO – August 14, 2018 – Three residential properties in Tiffin’s historic Fort Ball district were awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits in the Ohio Development Services Agency’s latest funding round. Monument Properties LLC received a nearly $250,000 credit for the renovation and restoration of 24 and 25 Adams St. and 149 Frost Pkwy, a nearly $1.6 million project.

Monument Properties LLC Owner Andrew Kalnow said the credits will allow for the proper restoration of the buildings’ original architecture. “It is imperative that we keep the historic integrity of the buildings while updating them for modern use. Recouping some of those costs through tax credits makes that goal more feasible.”

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The three residential buildings are located in Tiffin’s Fort Ball – Railroad Area Historic District. Their construction dates range from c. 1856 to 1895. The building at 25 Adams St. is in Queen Anne style and 24 Adams St. is in Italianate style. After rehabilitation, the buildings will serve as apartments and bed-and-breakfast suites. One building may house a small retail space. The project will move forward contingent upon continued due diligence.

France Hall, a 1926 dormitory located on the campus of Heidelberg University, also received credits in the latest funding round. The three-story building will be rehabilitated to continue use as a dormitory, and the attic space will be finished to provide additional space for meeting rooms. Historic features of the Modern English Gothic-style building will be retained, and ADA accommodations, contemporary mechanical and safety systems, and bathroom updates will be added. The $14.6 million project was awarded nearly $1.5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the focus on preservation. “We have many beautiful, historic buildings and homes in our community. These restoration projects are outstanding examples to other historic building owners looking to make improvements without sacrificing the elements that make these buildings unique.”

2018 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits
The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $30,228,955 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the rehabilitation of 31 historic buildings. Together, the projects are expected to leverage approximately $348 million in private investment in 13 communities. The awards include projects in two new communities (Somerset and Lorain), bringing the total number of Ohio communities with historic preservation tax credit projects to 67.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

SIEDC Seeks Input on New Name

SIEDC Econ Dev LOGO CMYK - TransparentFollowing our two-year branding process, the Board of Trustees of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), discussed and decided that it is time to update its name. A lengthy process ensued and the choices have been narrowed down to two. We are hoping our members and any interested member of the general public would provide their input (vote) on which of the two they like best. 

The choices are:

  • Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership
  • Tiffin-Seneca Development Partnership

You can vote here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SIEDCNameVote.

We look to close the survey around August 21, and we expect to announce the new name next month.

The two most popular choices among the Board have two things in common. One, they incorporate Tiffin into the name, while maintaining our identity as a county economic development organization. The Board felt that as the majority of the County economic development outside of Fostoria (which is primarily managed by the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation) occurs in Tiffin, as we do community development and downtown development for Tiffin, and as they are our largest funder by far, that should be recognized in our name. In addition, the center city-county name combination is common today. Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development is one example. It is also clearer to outside customers that we represent Tiffin for economic development.

Two, they both move from the word Corporation to Partnership. It was thought that this more adequately represented how we do things (in collaboration and partnership) in Tiffin and Seneca County, embraces and expresses better our new brand and competitive advantage (A Life Connected, which is all about the connections and partnership we have here). It also articulates that SIEDC itself is a public-private partnership, with significant funding, support, and board representation from both the public and private sectors.

The two choices, of course, are close, but they have a slightly different feel and emphasis. One (Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership) emphasizes more our purpose – why we exist – which is to positively impact the economy. Everything we do–whether it is economic, community, and/or downtown development–seeks to stimulate and grow the economy. The other (Tiffin-Seneca Development Partnership) emphasizes more our mission – how we do that – by facilitating development projects, investment, and the creation and retention of jobs. Both are valid and broad reflecting our wide scope of activity.

ABR approves last Façade Grant of 2018

The Chandelier to install awning

Chandelier FacadeTIFFIN, OHIO – August 7, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant of $584 to The Chandelier, 151 S. Washington St., depleting the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2018.

The Chandelier was awarded the remaining funds in the Façade Enhancement Grant program, to install an awning on the front of the building, facing S. Washington St., wrapping around the side of the building along Madison St. The overall project is estimated at $9,759.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “This program provides an enormous return on the city’s investment that you can see everyday in our beautiful downtown,” he said. “It is encouraging that after five years funding this program, there is still so much interest in the Façade Enhancement Grant that we are running out of funds well before the end of the year.”

This year, 13 projects were approved resulting in $584,000 invested in downtown Tiffin buildings. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 65 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit http://www.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

High school post-grad program receives $10,000 AT&T contribution

Year Thirteen guides students in career pathways

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Pictured above, left to right: AT&T Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio Nicolette Jaworski, State Representative for the Ohio 88th District Bill Reineke, AT&T Director of Governmental Affairs Trint Hatt, Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher, SIEDC President & CEO David Zak, Heidelberg University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beth Schwartz, Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Barber, Terra State Community College Dean of Business, Humanities, and Industrial Technologies Cory Stine, Tiffin City Schools Director of Academic Affairs Amy Wood

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 6, 2018 – The AT&T Foundation presented a $10,000 contribution on Monday to the Year Thirteen, a program providing high school seniors with mentoring and resources to ensure high school success and help them attain post-secondary career goals. The contribution will help fund a part-time director position for the program, which will launch this fall with the Tiffin Columbian High School graduating class of 2019.

Education and student success are a cornerstone of AT&T’s community initiatives. Since 2012, AT&T employees have provided more than 1.6 million hours of mentoring to students, and its AT&T Aspire initiative has committed more than $400 million since 2008 to promote student success in school and beyond. “We are very proud to support this new program for students in Tiffin,” said Nicolette Jaworski, AT&T’s Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio. “It aligns perfectly with our desire to see more students be successful.”

The program was modeled after the successful Presidential Pathways initiative started at Marion City Schools under the current superintendent of Tiffin City Schools, Gary Barber. “Much like the Presidential Pathways program, the Year Thirteen will allow us to build and leverage relationships within the community, keep our talent local, and focus on workforce development by putting in place a dynamic system aligned with our community’s needs,” he said. “It will also be a measuring stick for our school system.”

The program focuses on eight key areas designed to promote student success leading up to and following graduation. These areas are: high school success, relationship building, career exploration, career success, job skills, work skills, and community engagement. All students in their senior year at Tiffin Columbian High School will be connected with a counselor that will check in with them periodically throughout the school year and the year following their graduation to promote the student’s success in university, vocational school, or entering the workforce.

Several organizations have partnered to participate in the program including: Tiffin City Schools, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, Terra State Community College, Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services, Family, Adult & Children First Council, and the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC).

SIEDC facilitated the grant process, citing a workforce gap as a key county-wide concern. “Unemployment is consistently low, and the biggest pipeline of talent is our educational system – K12 and higher education,” SIEDC President and CEO David Zak said. “Improving college completion and preparing high school students for successful careers is, therefore, a top priority, as the workforce needs are at all skill and education levels.”

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Planet Fitness slated for Tiffin

PrintNational fitness chain franchise signs lease on Tiffin Mall space

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 2, 2018 – A franchise of the national fitness chain Planet Fitness has signed a lease with Tiffin Mall owners. The 24-hour gym will be located in the former Dollar General and Label Shopper spaces. The facility is projected to open in early 2019.

This will be the eighth facility for franchise owner Mark Christie. He said he has been looking at Tiffin for a two to three years, waiting on the right space. “We are very excited to come to the Tiffin market and provide a low price, high value option for community members to get into fitness,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “This is the fourth announcement for the Tiffin Mall site since it was purchased nearly two years ago and things are not slowing down. I am pleased to welcome Planet Fitness and look forward to continued development in our commercial corridor.”

Planet Fitness is open 24 hours a day, staffed at all time, and provides free personal fitness training, and a Judgement Free Zone, providing a comfortable, safe, and energetic environment where everyone feels accepted and respected at any fitness level. The spacious, 16,000 square foot facility will hold more than 70 brand new pieces of cardio and strength equipment, as well as a lobby, locker rooms and showers.

A standard Planet Fitness membership is $10, or members can choose the $21.99 PF Black Card plan, which comes with additional perks including tanning, red light therapy, hydro massage and massage chairs, use of any Planet Fitness facility, and guest passes.

About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of December 31, 2017, Planet Fitness had approximately 10.6 million members and more than 1,500 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Panama. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Seneca County to hold third annual Manufacturing Showcase

Showcase LogoLocal manufacturers to demonstrate skilled trades to high school students

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 31, 2018 – The Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs is once again partnering with local organizations and manufacturers to hold Seneca County’s third annual Manufacturing Showcase on October 12, 2018 at the Heminger Center on the Tiffin University campus. The event is an opportunity for area students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in hands-on skill demonstrations.

Carol Kern of Seneca DJFS is looking forward to another successful event: “We are excited to host this event for the third year, to get students talking about their options, and we are pleased that businesses and educators see the value in introducing students to different career paths.”

The showcase will focus on six skills: team building, lean practices, employability, machining, supply chain and mechanical engineering/electrical trades/automation. For each skill, there are six spaces available for a hands-on demonstration.

Eleven schools within Seneca County will send 700-750 students to participate in the showcase. The event will last a full day, with students split into one morning session and one afternoon session. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

Several manufacturers are already on board; Callies Performance Products, The Mennel Milling Company, NSI Crankshaft, and Charter Steel of Fostoria have signed on as well as American Fine Sinter, National Machinery, Taiho, Webster, Ballreich’s, and Toledo Molding & Die of Tiffin. Sentinel Career and Technology Center will also have a skilled booth. If you would like more information, to make a donation, or to sign up for a space at the showcase, please contact Carol at 419.447.5011 ext. 322, or visit http://senecashowcase.wordpress.com.

Check out last year’s event:

D & D Total Repair moves to Tiffin

20180719_130245.jpegThe former Fort Ball RV location at 582 N. Sandusky St. in Tiffin has a new tenant. D & D Total Repair is a full service auto and mechanical repair shop and 24 hour roadside assistance and towing service covering all of Seneca County.

While the business is not new to Seneca County, it is to Tiffin. David and Alicia Hess started their business in Bloomville in 2015. They made the move to Tiffin when their business became a AAA provider for the entire county, in order to be more centrally located. With the move, they have taken on another mechanic and a couple additional drivers.

If you haven’t seen their new shop on the north side of town, you have may have seen their brightly colored, puzzle piece covered truck spreading autism awareness around the county.

For more information or to schedule service, call 419-983-4010.

Terra State and Vanguard-Sentinel to partner on eight programs

Press release provided by Terra State Community College.

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Terra State Interim President Dr. Ron Schumacher (left) and VSCTC Superintendent Greg Edinger.

Fremont, OH, July 18, 2018 – Terra State Community College and Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers (VSCTC) have announced a cooperative arrangement to develop career pathways for VSCTC students in a variety of programs.  The two institutions will work with area businesses, industries, economic development organizations and secondary and higher education entities to provide education and workforce opportunities to students.

The arrangement will offer students educational opportunities in eight programs:  Auto Technologies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Culinary and Hospitality Management, Digital Information Technologies, Engineering Technology and Robotics, Health/Medical and Welding.  Additional programs can be added at any time and both institutions will not duplicate course offerings.

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Left to Right: Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez, VSCTC Superintendent Greg Edinger, Terra State Interim President Dr. Ron Schumacher, Ohio Representative Bill Reineke

“This particular agreement is the first of its kind in the State of Ohio,” says Dr. Ron Schumacher, Terra State Interim President.  “It’s a true collaboration where we can share resources to provide courses for students of all ages seeking credit or non-credit training.  Families who participate will save thousands of dollars on higher education for their children.  It will also allow students to gain experience with industries with the possibility of earning professional credentials during school.”

One featured program, Auto Technologies, was outlined during the signing ceremony held this morning.  Students can enter the program in their sophomore year of high school.  Upon graduation from high school, student participants will have numerous certificates, work experience and an Associate Degree from Terra State.  Students then can choose to enter the workforce or continue their education.

“Terra State and Vanguard-Sentinel have been able to improve efficiencies of these programs and provide more opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills and education to positively impact the area workforce.  This program will move people through the pipeline to employment faster,” adds Greg Edinger, VSCTC Superintendent.

VSCTC serves a six county area and the following school districts: Fremont-Ross, Fremont St. Joseph, Clyde-Green Springs, Fostoria, Gibsonburg, Hopewell-Loudon, Lakota,

Mohawk, New Riegel, Old Fort, Port Clinton, Seneca East, Tiffin Calvert, Tiffin Columbian and Upper Sandusky.

 

Cybersecurity Educational Initiative Summit coming to Terra State Community College

CyberSecuritySummitPress release provided by Terra State Community College.

Fremont, Ohio, July 17, 2018 – Registration for the Terra State Community College Cybersecurity Educational Initiative Summit is now open. The Summit will take place Friday, October 26, 2018 to educate and bring awareness of Cybersecurity to the community and industry leaders.

The Summit will feature David Kennedy, Founder and CEO of TrustedSec and Binary Defense who will speak during the lunch session. Breakout sessions will be led by industry professionals including:

  • Gregory Tapocsi from the Office of the Ohio Attorney General
  • Troy Wildermuth of Cift Innovations
  • Adam Luck of IGS Energy
  • Scott Blough of Tiffin University
  • Loren Wagener of CentraComm
  • Mark Beadles of OARnet

In 2017, Terra State was designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic years 2022 byt the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose and mission of CAE2Y is to collaborate and reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the nation.

Registration for the Summit is $25 and includes lunch and access to all breakout sessions. To learn more or register for the Summit, visit terra.edu/cybersummit or contact Haley Crabtree at 419.559.2314 or hcrabtree01@terra.edu.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, commuter college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

 

Tiffin University and IGS Solar announce new solar array for Heminger Center

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TIFFIN, OH, JULY 16, 2018 – Tiffin University (TU) and IGS Solar will begin construction this month on the first solar project to be constructed on the rooftop of the Heminger Center located on Miami Street. The solar system will drive a cleaner, emission-free energy platform, as well as mark the beginning of TU’s environmental commitment.

The solar array will consist of 705 panels constructed on 14,000 square feet of rooftop space on the Heminger Center located in the heart of campus. Sized at approximately 240kW (DC), the array will generate roughly 270,000 kWh’s per year which is enough to supply approximately 26% of the annual electricity consumption for the Heminger Center.

This amount of solar power is enough to provide clean electricity for approximately 24 residential homes, offsetting an estimated 195 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year that would otherwise be emitted by a conventional fossil fuel power plant. That amount of emissions avoided is also equivalent to removing 42 cars from the road annually, or avoiding burning 213,331 pounds of coal.

IGS Solar will own, operate, and maintain the array. The company is helping the University integrate solar generation into their energy portfolio while helping them better control the long-term energy costs for their buildings.

The project is estimated to begin construction in October 2018 and be online November 2018.

“With current challenges that surround funding for non-profit universities, Tiffin University feels strongly that we need to examine all means for cost saving initiatives,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “The University is also intentional in doing what is right for the student body, faculty, staff, and local community by putting forth clean energy standards and striving to meet them.”

“We hope that opportunities for solar in Ohio continue to grow because the economic benefits are substantial,” stated Patrick Smith, Vice President of IGS Solar. “Working with Tiffin University to help control their energy costs by utilizing clean, renewable power has been a great success. We look forward to being a long-standing sustainability partner to the Tiffin University for years to come.”