THIRD FAÇADE ENHANCEMENT GRANT APPROVED

Graphics company contributing to downtown revitalization

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TIFFIN, OHIO – March 31, 2015 – This week, Tiffin’s Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for Rush Graphix. The company’s proposed renovation and contribution to downtown revitalization involves the replacement of siding fasteners, exterior painting and the addition of a new corner-wrap awning.

Bill Franklin, owner of Rush Graphix, appreciates the grant program and announced they will proceed with the investment.  “The cost of improving a downtown building is significant, a 50 percent reimbursement is a welcome incentive.”

Rush Graphix, located at 30 Riverside Drive, has been in Tiffin for nearly nine years.  Prior to 2006, there were multiple businesses at this location.  In 1931, the Riverside Drive portion of the building, was part of the Frank Shire Filling Station.  It was subsequently owned by several automotive businesses, including Rose Motor Sales, Oldsmobile and Cadillac from 1955 to 1964.  Later, the property was purchased by Riverside Engines (JL Riedle Enterprises) who remained the owner until November of 2005 when the building was purchased by Bill Franklin.  (Source – John Huss, Architectural Board of Review Chair)

This is the third Façade Enhancement Grant for 2015. The previous 2015 approvals were awarded to the Knights of Columbus located at 49 E. Perry St. and Lange, DeVine & Claus located at 27 Court St.  Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz continues to be encouraged by the revitalization taking place downtown.  “Every building owner is an asset to the downtown and each project affirms their commitment to our great City.”

About the Façade Enhancement Program

This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and covers 50 percent of eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district. Each building is eligible up to $10,000 per calendar year.  Last year, $50,000 in available funds supported 11 projects, resulting in a total investment of more than $150,000. Learn more at 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. In 2012, the community was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for economic development, and last year, it was recognized as one of the top ten communities out of almost 600 micropolitans in the US. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

TIFFIN METAL PRODUCTS TO EXPAND LOCALLY

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TIFFIN, OHIO – March 30, 2015 – Tiffin Metal Products announces today its intention to select Tiffin as its location for its next three-year expansion, including an investment of $750,000 in machinery and equipment. It will retain its current 91 existing employees and add 18 new jobs. The company was considering multiple location options, and the decision is contingent upon the finalization of state and local incentives.

Assisted by JobsOhio, Tiffin Metal Products received approval today for a 35 percent, five year Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit in Columbus and intends to apply for a local municipal income tax credit as well. The current project is motivated primarily by the demand for the SST Gravity Chute, a revolutionary solution for large logistics centers here and abroad.

Tiffin Metal Products owner Will Heddles attributes the decision to expand in Tiffin to the workforce and business climate: “Tiffin Metal Products is a strong company with an even brighter future. We truly do appreciate the talented team we have here and look forward to growing it even more, and we appreciate the support from local and state officials to make the decision an easy one.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed the news. “Tiffin Metal Products has been a great corporate citizen for more than one hundred years, and I could not be happier to see them continuing to grow and invest in Tiffin. It’s just one more sign of our continued momentum.” Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership, “We are pleased to serve as the JobsOhio regional partner and work with Tiffin Metal Products to make this deal happen. Tiffin and Seneca County continue to be a northwest Ohio success story.”

About Tiffin Metal Products
Established in 1903, Tiffin Metal Products is a custom solutions provider serving the outdoor advertising, material handling and storage product industries. It operates out of a 110,000 square foot facility in the heart of Tiffin’s Wall Street industrial district, and is well-known for its Sentinel law enforcement wardrobe, weapons, and evidence lockers as well as its Tiffin Outdoor billboard frame systems, which are used in almost half of the billboards in the US. Learn more at .

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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

About JobsOhio
JobsOhio is the private economic development marketing and sales arm of the State of Ohio, developing and implementing the state’s economic development strategy and crafting incentive and support packages to spur economic development in key targeted industries. In 2013 alone, JobsOhio reported projects involving 18,000 new jobs and $3.6 billion in capital investment. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.

About Regional Growth Partnership
Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) is private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in northwest Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. The RGP also serves as the JobsOhio Northwest network partner, serving as the JobsOhio point of contact and customer service for state incentives for a 17-county region. Learn more at www.rgp.org.

Tiffin welcomes a new Days Inn

It was announced at the end of last week that corporate approval was granted to establish the newest Days Inn in Tiffin, Ohio. The 72-room, 23,000 square foot hotel has been undergoing significant updating since Sanghavi Enterprise purchased it last year, and it now includes a business center, seasonal outdoor pool and meeting and banquet room. The company is looking to further expand and is currently searching for a business partner to develop a restaurant on property. Investment to purchase, renovate and upgrade the property is currently estimated at $1.2 million.

The decision to allow the upgrade from a Travelodge to a Days Inn will allow the hotel to join the $5 billion Wyndham Hotel Group‘s leading global brand in the economy segment, with over 1,820 properties worldwide and more guest rooms than any other economy brand in the world. Under its “Best Value under the Sun” market positioning, Days Inn hotels offer value conscious consumers free high speed internet and most hotels offer free Daybreak® breakfast.

Owners Niraj Sanghavi and Resha Acharya have moved to Tiffin from New York and love how welcoming the community has been, the two growing and diverse universities with students from around the world, the robust economic growth, and progressive leadership. We are thrilled to have them here in Seneca County and are pleased to call them the latest “Seneca Success.”

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Top 10% for economic development

Seneca County in top 10% for economic development

Large projects contribute 120 new jobs and $30 million in new investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 3, 2015 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Tiffin and Seneca County have placed in the top ten percent nationally on Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects. The rankings, which were made public today, place the community 42nd on the list of 576 micropolitans, or counties with a central city between 10,000 and 50,000 in population. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited by the news: “We are pleased that our efforts continually get national recognition and that we are one of the best communities for economic development in the country. We celebrate with our industry, the investment they make, and the people they employ. They truly deserve our thanks.” Seneca County Commission President Holly Stacy was pleased, “I am happy to see Seneca County continuing to move forward in a positive way. We have a great business climate, workforce, and infrastructure, and we work every day to make them better.”

This is the fourth year in a row that Tiffin and Seneca County have ranked in the top 100 nationally. This year’s ranking included consideration of the 2014 expansions of National Machinery, Webster Industries, American Fine Sinter, and Irving Equipment. These projects involve the creation of 124 new jobs and $31 million in new investment. Eligible economic development projects must involve at least one of the following: the creation of 50 or more jobs, the construction of 20,000 square feet, and/or the investment of at least $1 million. The new or expanded facilities must also be in manufacturing, distribution, office, R&D, headquarters, or call centers.

Northwest Ohio is also excelling as a region. Other northwest Ohio communities achieving national rankings include Findlay, Fremont, Van Wert, and the Toledo MSA. “This recognition for Northwest Ohio is a testament to the strength of our regional assets and the outstanding collaboration among economic development partners to ensure the continued growth of our region,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo. Ohio also placed number two in the country, and had more micropolitans in the top 100 than any other state.

A complete list of the top 100 micropolitans and more information can be found at siteselection.com.

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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Reino’s offers live music on Saturdays

I was able to stop by to Reino’s Pizza and Pasta in downtown Tiffin on Saturday to listen to Free Wild, a local band led by Martin Koop. Free Wild performed mostly their own music, and it added a lot of great atmosphere to a fantastic restaurant. I love to go at lunchtime and enjoy the buffet, but this was one of my first opportunities to visit in the evenings. I really enjoyed it.

Upcoming bands include Tony Paulus (from Rusty Vinyl) unplugged and Brazin Bull. Weeks earlier Beautiful Loser played. The live music is playing from 8:30 to 11:30 pm, and in addition to the dinner menu, there is pizza available by the slice and $2 drafts. Here is some music from Saturday:

In 1950, Frankie Reino opened Reino’s Pizza in downtown Tiffin, Ohio as the very first pizza establishment in town. It continues today as a cornerstone of this community serving the finest pizza and Italian cuisine. Frankie’s Original pizza, lasagna, and the Italian buffet are favorites. John Reino started working at Reino’s in 1978, and he purchased the restaurant in 1983. In 2012, Reino’s Party Room on South Washington started, and it can seat up to 65 people.

 

SIEDC seeks Executive Assistant

PrintThe Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that it has opened up the search for a new team member, an Executive Assistant, to join one of the most dynamic and successful economic development organizations in the country.

The Organization – SIEDC was founded in 1983 as an economic development nonprofit, which added community development in 1991 and downtown development in 2014. In 2013, SIEDC ranked in the top 5% of economic development agencies in the US, and last year it placed in the top ten nationally out of almost 600.

The Team - Our passionate, experienced team consists of Karen Bowers, our Director of Development, who has led community development and helped to run operations for almost a quarter century. She is also grants guru, with a success rate above 80 percent; and she has successfully brought more than $5 million into the county from 18 different sources in the last decade. Amy Reinhart, the second member of our team and our Downtown Development Coordinator, leads Tiffin’s efforts to become a Main Street community and oversees our downtown revitalization initiatives. David Zak, the President & CEO, leads the organization and performs the day-to-day economic development functions. Zak replaced retiring executive Rich Focht in January 2014, and Reinhart joined the team in June 2014.

The Position - The Executive Assistant position is a new, permanent, full-time, salaried ($30,000 per year in the approved budget) position that has been created to support the demonstrated success, large volume of projects and initiatives, and aggressive scope of work for 2015 and beyond. The Executive Assistant will perform critical duties that will enable the organization to run efficiently and effectively and will support the rest of the group. This person will work at SIEDC’s office at 19 W. Market St. in Tiffin, Ohio. His or her duties will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Administrative
    • Working reception area, as needed
    • Answering phones
    • Scheduling meetings
    • Taking minutes
    • Various support activities for other team members
  • Operational
    • Handling bills, mail, office & kitchen supplies, filing
    • Assisting with property management
    • Planning and managing events
  • Other
    • Entering data and providing quality control
    • Various other duties as needed

The Ideal Candidate – The ideal candidate will be personable, professional, a self-starter, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects and tasks at the same time. The ideal candidate will possess at least five years experience in successfully handling and enjoying performing administrative and/or operational duties for an organization. That candidate will also be a quick learner, have good oral and written communication skills, and thrive in a fast-paced and challenging environment. Familiarization and skill with Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel) highly desired; familiarization with Adobe products (e.g., Acrobat, Photoshop), Constant Contact, social media and/or salesforce.com a plus. High school diploma is required, and a candidate living in Seneca County is preferred.

The Process - SIEDC will be accepting resumes until 8:00 am, Monday, March 9, 2015. Resumes should be sent electronically to David Zak at zak@senecacounty.org. Initial will be conducted up until Friday, March 13, 2015, with an offer made the following week. If an offer is made and accepted, then the candidate will be able to start right away and/or within two weeks after acceptance. Any questions, please contact David Zak at 419.912.1150.

Hoperoy’s Gift Shoppe celebrates 40+ years

2015_02_23 - Hoperoys WindowHoperoy’s Gift Shoppe was started in Tiffin in 1974. Current owner Diana Warnement purchased the quaint card, collectibles and gifts business in 1979, and it has been providing downtown Tiffin and the surrounding area a great place to pick up one of a kind items ever since. Last year marked its 40th anniversary in business, quite an achievement.

First, as a Hallmark store, it is the place to go for cards. Racks upon racks of cards for every occasion and mood. Upper end Hallmark cards, Shoebox greetings, funny/amusing, artistic, value cards…tons of selection. There’s a reason Hallmark is the number one manufacturer of greeting cards in the US – it’s the variety and quality.

Next, collectibles abound at Hoperoy’s. Diana carries more than 1,000 different Precious Moments figurines and is the sponsor of the Findlay Precious Moments Club. Waterville, Ohio-based artist George Carruth has a large display of his beautiful home and garden art for sale. You can also find a good selection of Sandicast figurines, Wendell August metal decor, and much more.

Lastly, you can find all kinds of gifts. College sports fans of Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, as well as some sports fans can find everything from baby onesies to sports mugs and wall banners. There are several aroma-inducing options, including Root candles. There is a huge selection of double-walled insulated Tervis tumblers, Root candles, Trollbeads, Ty Beanie Babies, Robeez kids’ shoes, and many other unique gifts. Specialty food items like the salsas of Westerville-Ohio based CaJohns Fiery Foods and Waggoner Chocolates from North Canton, Ohio and Canton-based Ben Heggy’s chocolate and candy can also be found.

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Tiffin cuts crime again to historic lows

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Press Release from the City of Tiffin – Feb. 2, 2015

The Tiffin Police Department‘s Mission Statement states that we are committed to providing a safe community by reducing crime through prevention, education and enforcement of the law and for the second straight year the UCR (Uniformed Crime Report) Part I Crimes have decreased in the City of Tiffin. There was a 6.7% decrease when comparing 2013 to 2014 in the overall Part I Crime.  (See chart below and attachment for more details.)

This is following a 60.3% decrease from the Part I Crimes in 2012 to 2013. (See below chart for a 6 year look back on the Part I stats). This is a direct result to our commitment to tackling the hard crimes in Tiffin whether they are drug busts, robberies, burglaries, thefts, or just the everyday nuisance type crimes. It is our belief that by tackling the small problems some of the big problems will disappear. There is a direct nexus to drug crimes and burglaries and larcenies.

The Uniform Crime Report represents statistics submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The eight crimes shown below are known as the Crime Index. They provide the “apples to apples” comparison from one jurisdiction to another – from one State to another. Since most States have different laws, this reduction to the simplest elements and crimes provide for a valid State-to-State comparison. All departments are responsible to collect this Part I information and forward it to the FBI.

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SIEDC releases Joint Justice Center studies

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 28, 2015 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) released today two reports designed to assist public officials with the decision on a location for a joint county-municipal courts facility, also known as a Joint Justice Center. City and County officials, private investors, and SIEDC have been awaiting the results to help in the site selection process.

Burgess & NipleThe reports released today are designed to complement a state-funded Joint Justice Center Study published in March 2014 by Burgess & Niple and managed by the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments. That study was conducted to examine options to resolve security, privacy and other issues in the courts that “pose risk to the public, the City and the County.” After analyzing various options, it advocates for a consolidated courts concept because of operational savings and administrative benefits. The study specifically recommends a new 36,000 square foot facility on the site of the former Seneca County Courthouse, which would connect to the existing 18,000 square foot annex. It estimates the construction costs of that project to be approximately $8.5 million.

East Tower Study CoverStarted in July 2014, the privately-funded East Tower Feasibility Analysis released today examines the idea of repurposing the historic former Columbian High School for a Joint Justice Center as well as a multi-tenant office building. It concludes that the building is in “good condition,” an “architectural gem,” and that a Joint Justice Center should be pursued as a “prime use of the site.” The study also includes consideration of an alternative commercial use for the site, in the event it is not selected for a Joint Justice Center. SIEDC managed the study as a neutral, independent third party.

The study team–made up of the Gossman Group (Cincinnati), Schooley Caldwell Associates (Columbus,) GOP Limited (Cincinnati,) and Via Design (Grand Rapids, MI)–came up with an expandable courts design that renovates 22,000 square feet, adds 32,000 square feet, creates 43 onsite parking places, and includes a separate juvenile-probate sally port. It estimates the adjusted construction costs, with historic tax credits, to be approximately $10.0 million.

The study affirms that “renovating the East Tower into the JJC provides a win, win, win opportunity for the community. City & County government both win with a project that meets current needs and future JJC expansion as well as preserving an iconic landmark building. In addition, downtown Tiffin wins by retaining one of its strongest visual assets, gaining a town green for community functions & events that leverages other strategic investment.” The study also lists a variety of incentives and resources that could reduce the upfront cost and suggest that additional savings might be achieved through the interactive conceptual design process.

DDP CoverAlso being released today is an interim report of the publicly-funded Downtown Strategic Growth & Development Plan, which serves as an update and extension of the 2010 strategic plan. The new plan will redraft the downtown design guidelines as well as identify, review, and develop implementation plans for catalytic projects that will transform Tiffin’s downtown. Tiffin City Council approved funding for the study in October. A consultant team made up of the Gossman Group (Columbus), EDGE Landscape Architects and Planners (Columbus), and LSL Planning (Royal Oak, MI) began work in November.

This report assesses location decisions from a planning and placemaking perspective. It maintains that the guiding principles from the 2010 plan are still valid, and it applies them to the current situation. It concludes that the “East Tower location and preservation and enhancement of the existing green” is “by far the most beneficial,” “maximizes the potential economic impact;” and applies “best practices and also best implements the recommendations of the strategic downtown plan.”

In addition to releasing these reports, SIEDC is also presenting information describing the economic benefits of the project as well as both proposed locations. Keeping the project in the downtown is important because upwards of one hundred court employees and attorneys work in the downtown and numerous existing businesses there depend on them daily for their dining and shopping business. SIEDC also projected that the benefits of the East Tower location could translate into more than $5 million in new investment, 50 new jobs, and $1 million in new retail sales over the next five to ten years, which could represent new local tax revenue of up to $1.6 million over ten years when fully realized.

SIEDC’s President & CEO David Zak was happy with the results. “Our mission is to facilitate projects and to work on initiatives that make Tiffin and Seneca County a great place to live and grow a business. We feel that with the studies released today and our economic impact estimate, we are fulfilling that mission and working to provide positive, objective leadership in downtown, economic, and community development.”

SIEDC’s Board Chair Rob Huntington, President of Heidelberg University, concurred, “There is a strong sense that this a seminal moment in Tiffin’s and Seneca County’s history, and we want to help drive projects that will have the biggest transformational impact to the downtown and surrounding area. In the end, it is all about jobs and quality of life for years and decades to come.”

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. In 2012, the community was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for economic development, and last year, it was recognized as one of the top ten communities out of 600 micropolitans in the US. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Tiffin kicks off $100,000 downtown grant program

Knights of Columbus building

Knights of Columbus building

First façade enhancement grant of 2015 awarded

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 27, 2015 – The City of Tiffin began the second year of its successful downtown Façade Enhancement Program by awarding a $4,900 grant to the historic Knights of Columbus Building, located at 49 E. Perry Street. The Architectural Board of Review approved the grant last week, and the property owner has decided to move forward with the column and trim repair and painting project.

Jack Felton, Grand Knight, was pleased to receive approval for the funds and is happy to announce this additional investment, “The Knights of Columbus have been part of this community since we were founded on Columbus Day in 1901.  We appreciate the support from the City which allows us to be here for many more years to come.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz thanked Knights of Columbus for their commitment and continues to be encouraged by Façade Enhancement Program’s impact, “This program has spurred a lot of activity in our downtown. These types of projects will continue the momentum and excitement that is building downtown.”

About the Knights of Columbus Lodge

Completed by 1922 and called “a splendid addition to the city” by the local newspaper, the historic building was designed by local architect George Netcher, who also designed the 1913 Mercy Hospital, the Elks Lodge, the Ohio Power Company offices at 45 S. Monroe St. and dozens of additional commercial and residential buildings throughout Tiffin and northwest Ohio. Last year, the Façade Enhancement Program assisted with door and window replacement for this building. (Source – John Huss, Architectural Board of Review Chair)

About the Façade Enhancement Program

This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and covers 50 percent of eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district. Each building is eligible up to $10,000 per calendar year.  Last year, $50,000 in available funds supported 11 projects, resulting in a total investment of more than $150,000. Learn more at 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. In 2012, the community was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for economic development, and last year, it was recognized as one of the top ten communities out of almost 600 micropolitans in the US. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.