Community Development Ideas – alphabetically

The following is an alphabetical list of the project ideas developed so far through SIEDC’s Community Development process. Click here to read about the process and how you can become a part of it.

ID Category Project/Idea Description
49 3- Transportation 2nd & Maule Intersection Improve this intersection
19 1- Land Use Abandoned Homes Rehab or demo abandoned homes
109 6- Utilities Adequate Power Ensure electric power is adequate
194 11- Environment Agicultural Runoff Manage ag runoff into creek/river
56 3- Transportation Alley Beautification Beautify the alleys
139 8- Public Safety Alley Lighting Improve alley lighting (and cleanup)
37 2- Housing America In Bloom Implement America in Bloom program
22 1- Land Use American Standard Redevelop former AS Property
200 11- Environment Annexation Agreements Review and approve annexation agreements
167 9- Recreation Anytime Fitness Options Develop more 24/7 fitness options
172 10- Culture Arches Construct arches at downtown entrances
171 10- Culture Art & Culture Festivals Develop more/enhance exist. art/cult. fest’s
185 10- Culture Artist Center Develop a local artist center
186 10- Culture Arts District Develop an arts district
140 8- Public Safety Back/Parking Lighting Light backs of buildings and parking lots
5 1- Land Use Bank Demo Former bank building across from E. Tower
175 10- Culture Banner Program Develop a banner program
155 9- Recreation Baseball Diamonds Develop more baseball diamonds
156 9- Recreation Basketball Courts Develop more basketball courts
61 3- Transportation Bike Lanes Create bike lanes on targeted streets
23 1- Land Use Block Development Develop Market & Perry area – near HU
21 1- Land Use Botton Property Redevelop vacant property off Wall St.
6 1- Land Use BP Station Plan for BP at Circular & Market St.
177 10- Culture Bridge Flags Place flags on bridges
173 10- Culture Bridge Lighting Light the bridges
113 6- Utilities Bridge Lighting Power Develop bridge lighting power structure
176 10- Culture Bronze Statues Commission bronze statues along trail
3 1- Land Use Brownfields Downtown brownfield remediation
189 10- Culture Car Shows Attract downtown car shows
91 5- Education Career Services Help students find job opportunities
122 7- Public Health Citywide Fitness Program Develop a citywide fitness program
10 1- Land Use Code Enforcement Enforce building code
9 1- Land Use Comprehensive Plan Update 1994 Comp. Plan
131 7- Public Health Convenience Care Provide cheaper convenience care (clinic)
126 7- Public Health Coordinated Care More coordinated care with local svc
179 10- Culture Culturefest Develop a (international) Culturefest event
96 5- Education Disabled/Gifted Options Improve options for dev. disabled/gifted
161 9- Recreation Downtown Amphitheatre Build downtown amphitheatre
188 10- Culture Downtown Cruising Attract downtown cruising
164 9- Recreation Downtown Events Develop more downtown events
70 4- Economic Downtown Gas Station Redevelop downtown gas station
154 9- Recreation Downtown Greenspace Develop downtown greenspace
38 2- Housing Downtown Housing Increase number of apts and condos
28 1- Land Use Downtown Infill Quality infill on available sites
32 2- Housing Downtown Lofts Create upscale downtown loft apartments
114 6- Utilities Downtown Outlets Increase number of downtown outlets
62 3- Transportation Downtown Parking Increase and improve downtown parking
102 6- Utilities Downtown Sound Develop legal downtown sound system
127 7- Public Health Drug Rehab Do more innovative drug rehab program
11 1- Land Use East Tower Renovate East Tower
64 3- Transportation Eastern Loop Create Eastern Loop around city
82 5- Education Edible/Botanical Garden Create an edible/botanical gardent
97 5- Education Education City Brand Strengthen brand of education city
95 5- Education Education Collaboration Resolve TCS/NCOESC differences
80 4- Economic Elementary Consolidation Consolidate elementary schools
192 11- Environment Emergency Drills Develop emergency drill system
101 6- Utilities Energy Special Imp. Dist. Create an Energy Special Impr. District
25 1- Land Use Façade Alleys Expand grants to alleys
26 1- Land Use Façade Other Districts Expand grants to other historic districts
50 3- Transportation Fair Lane Extension Extend Fair Lane from Hopewell to 224
135 8- Public Safety Fire Station #3 Build a third fire station
193 11- Environment Flood Preparedness Develop flood preparedness plan (walls)
112 6- Utilities Frost Parkway Power Improve power to Frost Parkway area
15 1- Land Use Glasshouse Develop glasshouse property
94 5- Education Guidance Counseling Improve/strengthen guidance counsling
121 7- Public Health Health Department Strengthen the health department
123 7- Public Health Health Fairs Conduct (a) regular health fair(s)
124 7- Public Health Health Options & Access More convenient options and access
73 4- Economic Hiring Subsidies Subsidize employers hiring
35 2- Housing Historic Homes Develop a historic homes program
169 9- Recreation Hockey Team Develop a hockey team
138 8- Public Safety Hospital Police Develop hospital police force
41 2- Housing Housing Code Enforce housing codes (health, etc.)
40 2- Housing Housing Demo Demolish housing as needed in city
4 1- Land Use Housing Demo – East Portions of east side near HU
196 11- Environment HU Flooding Solve Heidelberg flooding problem
89 5- Education IB Program Develop Int’l Baccalaureate program
147 9- Recreation Ice Arena Build an indoor ice arena
132 7- Public Health Immunization Focus Focus more on immunizations
149 9- Recreation Indoor Rec Space Develop indoor rec space (bb court)
87 5- Education Industrial Connections Increase ind/business connex with schools
14 1- Land Use Industrial Park Develop industrial park
88 5- Education JA Expansion Expand Junior Achievement, also to county
39 2- Housing Jefferson/Perry Housing Fix up housing on Jefferson & Perry St.
166 9- Recreation Joint Parks District Create a joint city-county parks district
165 9- Recreation Joint Parks Funding Increase amount of parks funding / joint
92 5- Education K12 Facilities Improve/build new K12 facilities
75 4- Economic K12 Healthcare Improve connections of K12 & healthcare
81 5- Education Kalamazoo Promise Develop a “Kalamazoo Promise” type prog.
146 8- Public Safety Kids Fair Conduct a kids’ fair event
1 1- Land Use Land Banking Urban renewal land banking
36 2- Housing Landscaping Contests Implement best yard/garden contests
69 4- Economic Library & Coffee Shop Integrate a library, coffee shop concept
46 3- Transportation Loop Road SR 53 to SR 18 using Tyber Rd. – upgrade
74 4- Economic Manufacturing Brand Improve perception of manufacturing
48 3- Transportation Maule Rd. Reconstruct Reconstruct Maule Rd. from 2nd to Tyber
90 5- Education Medical Prep Education Develop pre-med program in HS
120 7- Public Health Mental Health Services Make more innovative, unique
12 1- Land Use Meyer’s Rehab Rehab former Meyer’s Drugstore
34 2- Housing Mid-Range Housing Develop more new housing < $250K
16 1- Land Use Mobile Home Park Redevelop property near old W. Jr. High
31 2- Housing More Housing Develop more and different types
174 10- Culture Mural Program Develop a mural plan and program
183 10- Culture Museum Enhancements Enhance existing museums
184 10- Culture Museum Funding Increase funding for museums
182 10- Culture Music Events Enhance/increase music events
181 10- Culture Music Festivals Enhance/increase music festivals
178 10- Culture Neighborhood Branding Develop neighborhood identities/brands
43 2- Housing Neighborhood Groups Develop neighborhood areas/groups
153 9- Recreation Neighborhood Parks Improve/develop new neighborhood parks
142 8- Public Safety Neighborhood Watch Develop neighborhood watch program
27 1- Land Use Nik-Naks Demo Demolish Nik-Naks building in downtown
103 6- Utilities Northwest Infrastructure Ensure sewer/water/gas support NW dev.
198 11- Environment Nuclear Preparedness Develop nuclear preparednes plan
150 9- Recreation Outdoor Games Develop public outdoor games, tables, chairs
47 3- Transportation Parking Garage Build a downtown parking garage
57 3- Transportation Pedestrian Bridge Improve/create pedestrian bridges
30 1- Land Use Pedestrian Zone Create zone on Riverside Drive
67 3- Transportation Pedestrian Zones Create pedestrian zones in the city
133 7- Public Health Pediatric Services Increase quantity/quality of pediatric svc
8 1- Land Use Planning Develop plan for Tiffin Center property
148 9- Recreation Playground Equipment Improve outdoor activities & playground eq.
145 8- Public Safety Police Beats Have police walk new/more “beats”
137 8- Public Safety Police Staff Hire more police officers
143 8- Public Safety Prejudice Training Develop prejudice training for officers
130 7- Public Health Primary Care Access Provide more access to primary care
170 9- Recreation Public Art Increase number of public art works
99 5- Education Public Edu. Leadership Strengthen public education leadership
129 7- Public Health Public Health Grants Find more public health grants
44 3- Transportation Public Transportation Improve public transportation options
111 6- Utilities Public Water Evaluate making water public
119 7- Public Health Qualifying Health Center Develop federally QHC for underserved
65 3- Transportation Railroad Crossings Evaluate all railroad crossings
136 8- Public Safety Railroad Sound Solve RR sound problem (e.g., barrier)
45 3- Transportation Recreational Transport. Use zip bikes, kayaks, paddle boats
191 11- Environment Recycling Cans Install recyclable material cans in public
42 2- Housing Relocation Incentives Provide incentives to move to Tiffin
110 6- Utilities Renewable Energy Develop renewable energy
152 9- Recreation Rental Bikes Develop a rental bike system
98 5- Education Resident Classes Open university classes to residents
71 4- Economic Revolving Loan Fund Develop a small business fund, like an RLF
68 3- Transportation River Road Improve River Road
163 9- Recreation River Utilization Plan Develop a river utilization plan
17 1- Land Use Riverfront Develop the riverfront
151 9- Recreation Riverfront Park & Trails Develop a riverfront park, with trails
117 7- Public Health Road to Hope Increase funding for this drug rehab prog.
195 11- Environment Rock Creek Protect and enhance Rock Creek
144 8- Public Safety Safety Forces Facilities Improve/build new safety forces facilities
141 8- Public Safety SCAT College Pickup Develop SCAT routes for college students
59 3- Transportation SCAT Routes Have a SCAT Route to Heidelberg and TU
83 5- Education Scholarship Fund Develop scholarship fund for local grads
93 5- Education School Funding Strengthen/solve school funding
78 4- Economic School to Work Develop school to work program
77 4- Economic Sentinel Expansion Expand Sentinel training program
106 6- Utilities Sewer Expansion Expand the sewer system
116 6- Utilities Sewer Separation Continue sewer separation project
52 3- Transportation Shaffer Park Extension Extend Shaffer Park – Market to Miami
197 11- Environment Shooting Training Develop shooting training courses (ALICE)
53 3- Transportation Sidewalks & Drains Improve street infrastructure (sidewalks,…)
168 9- Recreation Skate Park Develop a better skate park
86 5- Education SMYL Program Expand the SMYL Program
158 9- Recreation Softball/Baseball Complex Create tournament complex (4 fields, 400 cars)
13 1- Land Use Spec Building Develop speculative building
134 7- Public Health Specialty Physicians Recruit more specialty physicians
157 9- Recreation Splashpad Create a public splashpad feature
118 7- Public Health St. Francis Public Use Encourage public use of St. Francis
107 6- Utilities Storm Water Develop a storm water system
58 3- Transportation Street Improvement Improve street surfacing
54 3- Transportation Streetscape Market Perry Do streetscape along Market, Perry, Wash.
55 3- Transportation Streetscape Miami Clay Do streetscape along Miami, Clay St.
180 10- Culture Symphony Develop a local symphony
79 4- Economic Talent Recruitment Develop talent recruitment program
128 7- Public Health Teen Challenge Implement the faith-based Teen Challenge
125 7- Public Health Telemedicine Develop telemedicine options
7 1- Land Use Tiffin Mall Develop plan for mall
33 2- Housing Townhomes Develop more townhomes (e.g., near HU)
160 9- Recreation Trail Connectors Develop connectors between diff. trails
159 9- Recreation Trail Plan Develop a bike trail plan in and out of town
18 1- Land Use Trails Develop bridges and trails
2 1- Land Use Transitional Areas Improving transitional areas
51 3- Transportation Transportation Plan Create a transportation plan
190 11- Environment Trash Cans Increase number of public trash cans
20 1- Land Use Trees Improve trees on streets (quantity)
60 3- Transportation Trolley Purchase and use public trolley
85 5- Education Tutoring Program Develop a Volunteer Tutoring Program
63 3- Transportation Two-Way Streets Convert one-way to two-way streets
76 4- Economic University Advancement Promote advancement of HU and TU
24 1- Land Use Use Easements Utilize ag/historic easement programs
29 1- Land Use Vacant Registration Develop vacant property registration
66 3- Transportation Wall St. Crossing Close rail crossing on Wall St. near TU
108 6- Utilities Water Quality Enhance water quality management
199 11- Environment Water Quality Manage & protect water quality
104 6- Utilities Water Sewer Lines Extend water and sewer lines
115 6- Utilities Water St. Fuel Tank Remove orphan tank on Water St.
187 10- Culture Website Develop an arts and culture website
100 5- Education Welcome Program Create welcome program for new residents
105 6- Utilities WiFi Develop downtown/city wifi
72 4- Economic Workforce Plan Develop a workforce development plan
162 9- Recreation YMCA Relocation Relocate the YMCA to the hospital campus
84 5- Education Youth Mentoring Develop a Youth Mentoring Program

Community Development Ideas – submit yours, too!

community-plan-tiffin-1994 - coverSIEDC’s Community Development Committee is working to develop a comprehensive list of project ideas for the city of Tiffin, Ohio. Community Development projects are publicly-owned or of significant benefit to the public in one of 12 areas spelled out in the City’s current plan, called the Comprehensive Plan Update (1994). You can learn more about, view and download the different strategic plans for development here at Seneca Success.

The list below does not claim to be exhaustive, and additional ideas are continually being sought from all stakeholders and the public at large. If you would like to submit an idea not listed below that relates to one of the 12 key community development areas, please email your idea to SIEDC’s Katie Lang at lang@senecacounty.org or call her at 419.447.3831 (main SIEDC number).

Here is a list of the first 200 ideas gathered to date. It’s important to note that a listing of a project idea here does not imply endorsement of that idea in any way by either SIEDC or the City of Tiffin. It is simply the attempt to gather all of the ideas first. Later in the fall, the public will also be invited to attend public forums in each area (ward) of the city that will take place later in the fall to learn about the process, community development funds, as well as submit ideas and provide feedback.

Here is the list sorted by Community Development Category (e.g., 1- Land Use):

ID Category Project/Idea Description
1 1- Land Use Land Banking Urban renewal land banking
2 1- Land Use Transitional Areas Improving transitional areas
3 1- Land Use Brownfields Downtown brownfield remediation
4 1- Land Use Housing Demo – East Portions of east side near HU
5 1- Land Use Bank Demo Former bank building across from E. Tower
6 1- Land Use BP Station Plan for BP at Circular & Market St.
7 1- Land Use Tiffin Mall Develop plan for mall
8 1- Land Use Planning Develop plan for Tiffin Center property
9 1- Land Use Comprehensive Plan Update 1994 Comp. Plan
10 1- Land Use Code Enforcement Enforce building code
11 1- Land Use East Tower Renovate East Tower
12 1- Land Use Meyer’s Rehab Rehab former Meyer’s Drugstore
13 1- Land Use Spec Building Develop speculative building
14 1- Land Use Industrial Park Develop industrial park
15 1- Land Use Glasshouse Develop glasshouse property
16 1- Land Use Mobile Home Park Redevelop property near old W. Jr. High
17 1- Land Use Riverfront Develop the riverfront
18 1- Land Use Trails Develop bridges and trails
19 1- Land Use Abandoned Homes Rehab or demo abandoned homes
20 1- Land Use Trees Improve trees on streets (quantity)
21 1- Land Use Botton Property Redevelop vacant property off Wall St.
22 1- Land Use American Standard Redevelop former AS Property
23 1- Land Use Block Development Develop Market & Perry area – near HU
24 1- Land Use Use Easements Utilize ag/historic easement programs
25 1- Land Use Façade Alleys Expand grants to alleys
26 1- Land Use Façade Other Districts Expand grants to other historic districts
27 1- Land Use Nik-Naks Demo Demolish Nik-Naks building in downtown
28 1- Land Use Downtown Infill Quality infill on available sites
29 1- Land Use Vacant Registration Develop vacant property registration
30 1- Land Use Pedestrian Zone Create zone on Riverside Drive
31 2- Housing More Housing Develop more and different types
32 2- Housing Downtown Lofts Create upscale downtown loft apartments
33 2- Housing Townhomes Develop more townhomes (e.g., near HU)
34 2- Housing Mid-Range Housing Develop more new housing < $250K
35 2- Housing Historic Homes Develop a historic homes program
36 2- Housing Landscaping Contests Implement best yard/garden contests
37 2- Housing America In Bloom Implement America in Bloom program
38 2- Housing Downtown Housing Increase number of apts and condos
39 2- Housing Jefferson/Perry Housing Fix up housing on Jefferson & Perry St.
40 2- Housing Housing Demo Demolish housing as needed in city
41 2- Housing Housing Code Enforce housing codes (health, etc.)
42 2- Housing Relocation Incentives Provide incentives to move to Tiffin
43 2- Housing Neighborhood Groups Develop neighborhood areas/groups
44 3- Transportation Public Transportation Improve public transportation options
45 3- Transportation Recreational Transport. Use zip bikes, kayaks, paddle boats
46 3- Transportation Loop Road SR 53 to SR 18 using Tyber Rd. – upgrade
47 3- Transportation Parking Garage Build a downtown parking garage
48 3- Transportation Maule Rd. Reconstruct Reconstruct Maule Rd. from 2nd to Tyber
49 3- Transportation 2nd & Maule Intersection Improve this intersection
50 3- Transportation Fair Lane Extension Extend Fair Lane from Hopewell to 224
51 3- Transportation Transportation Plan Create a transportation plan
52 3- Transportation Shaffer Park Extension Extend Shaffer Park – Market to Miami
53 3- Transportation Sidewalks & Drains Improve street infrastructure (sidewalks,…)
54 3- Transportation Streetscape Market Perry Do streetscape along Market, Perry, Wash.
55 3- Transportation Streetscape Miami Clay Do streetscape along Miami, Clay St.
56 3- Transportation Alley Beautification Beautify the alleys
57 3- Transportation Pedestrian Bridge Improve/create pedestrian bridges
58 3- Transportation Street Improvement Improve street surfacing
59 3- Transportation SCAT Routes Have a SCAT Route to Heidelberg and TU
60 3- Transportation Trolley Purchase and use public trolley
61 3- Transportation Bike Lanes Create bike lanes on targeted streets
62 3- Transportation Downtown Parking Increase and improve downtown parking
63 3- Transportation Two-Way Streets Convert one-way to two-way streets
64 3- Transportation Eastern Loop Create Eastern Loop around city
65 3- Transportation Railroad Crossings Evaluate all railroad crossings
66 3- Transportation Wall St. Crossing Close rail crossing on Wall St. near TU
67 3- Transportation Pedestrian Zones Create pedestrian zones in the city
68 3- Transportation River Road Improve River Road
69 4- Economic Library & Coffee Shop Integrate a library, coffee shop concept
70 4- Economic Downtown Gas Station Redevelop downtown gas station
71 4- Economic Revolving Loan Fund Develop a small business fund, like an RLF
72 4- Economic Workforce Plan Develop a workforce development plan
73 4- Economic Hiring Subsidies Subsidize employers hiring
74 4- Economic Manufacturing Brand Improve perception of manufacturing
75 4- Economic K12 Healthcare Improve connections of K12 & healthcare
76 4- Economic University Advancement Promote advancement of HU and TU
77 4- Economic Sentinel Expansion Expand Sentinel training program
78 4- Economic School to Work Develop school to work program
79 4- Economic Talent Recruitment Develop talent recruitment program
80 4- Economic Elementary Consolidation Consolidate elementary schools
81 5- Education Kalamazoo Promise Develop a “Kalamazoo Promise” type prog.
82 5- Education Edible/Botanical Garden Create an edible/botanical gardent
83 5- Education Scholarship Fund Develop scholarship fund for local grads
84 5- Education Youth Mentoring Develop a Youth Mentoring Program
85 5- Education Tutoring Program Develop a Volunteer Tutoring Program
86 5- Education SMYL Program Expand the SMYL Program
87 5- Education Industrial Connections Increase ind/business connex with schools
88 5- Education JA Expansion Expand Junior Achievement, also to county
89 5- Education IB Program Develop Int’l Baccalaureate program
90 5- Education Medical Prep Education Develop pre-med program in HS
91 5- Education Career Services Help students find job opportunities
92 5- Education K12 Facilities Improve/build new K12 facilities
93 5- Education School Funding Strengthen/solve school funding
94 5- Education Guidance Counseling Improve/strengthen guidance counsling
95 5- Education Education Collaboration Resolve TCS/NCOESC differences
96 5- Education Disabled/Gifted Options Improve options for dev. disabled/gifted
97 5- Education Education City Brand Strengthen brand of education city
98 5- Education Resident Classes Open university classes to residents
99 5- Education Public Edu. Leadership Strengthen public education leadership
100 5- Education Welcome Program Create welcome program for new residents
101 6- Utilities Energy Special Imp. Dist. Create an Energy Special Impr. District
102 6- Utilities Downtown Sound Develop legal downtown sound system
103 6- Utilities Northwest Infrastructure Ensure sewer/water/gas support NW dev.
104 6- Utilities Water Sewer Lines Extend water and sewer lines
105 6- Utilities WiFi Develop downtown/city wifi
106 6- Utilities Sewer Expansion Expand the sewer system
107 6- Utilities Storm Water Develop a storm water system
108 6- Utilities Water Quality Enhance water quality management
109 6- Utilities Adequate Power Ensure electric power is adequate
110 6- Utilities Renewable Energy Develop renewable energy
111 6- Utilities Public Water Evaluate making water public
112 6- Utilities Frost Parkway Power Improve power to Frost Parkway area
113 6- Utilities Bridge Lighting Power Develop bridge lighting power structure
114 6- Utilities Downtown Outlets Increase number of downtown outlets
115 6- Utilities Water St. Fuel Tank Remove orphan tank on Water St.
116 6- Utilities Sewer Separation Continue sewer separation project
117 7- Public Health Road to Hope Increase funding for this drug rehab prog.
118 7- Public Health St. Francis Public Use Encourage public use of St. Francis
119 7- Public Health Qualifying Health Center Develop federally QHC for underserved
120 7- Public Health Mental Health Services Make more innovative, unique
121 7- Public Health Health Department Strengthen the health department
122 7- Public Health Citywide Fitness Program Develop a citywide fitness program
123 7- Public Health Health Fairs Conduct (a) regular health fair(s)
124 7- Public Health Health Options & Access More convenient options and access
125 7- Public Health Telemedicine Develop telemedicine options
126 7- Public Health Coordinated Care More coordinated care with local svc
127 7- Public Health Drug Rehab Do more innovative drug rehab program
128 7- Public Health Teen Challenge Implement the faith-based Teen Challenge
129 7- Public Health Public Health Grants Find more public health grants
130 7- Public Health Primary Care Access Provide more access to primary care
131 7- Public Health Convenience Care Provide cheaper convenience care (clinic)
132 7- Public Health Immunization Focus Focus more on immunizations
133 7- Public Health Pediatric Services Increase quantity/quality of pediatric svc
134 7- Public Health Specialty Physicians Recruit more specialty physicians
135 8- Public Safety Fire Station #3 Build a third fire station
136 8- Public Safety Railroad Sound Solve RR sound problem (e.g., barrier)
137 8- Public Safety Police Staff Hire more police officers
138 8- Public Safety Hospital Police Develop hospital police force
139 8- Public Safety Alley Lighting Improve alley lighting (and cleanup)
140 8- Public Safety Back/Parking Lighting Light backs of buildings and parking lots
141 8- Public Safety SCAT College Pickup Develop SCAT routes for college students
142 8- Public Safety Neighborhood Watch Develop neighborhood watch program
143 8- Public Safety Prejudice Training Develop prejudice training for officers
144 8- Public Safety Safety Forces Facilities Improve/build new safety forces facilities
145 8- Public Safety Police Beats Have police walk new/more “beats”
146 8- Public Safety Kids Fair Conduct a kids’ fair event
147 9- Recreation Ice Arena Build an indoor ice arena
148 9- Recreation Playground Equipment Improve outdoor activities & playground eq.
149 9- Recreation Indoor Rec Space Develop indoor rec space (bb court)
150 9- Recreation Outdoor Games Develop public outdoor games, tables, chairs
151 9- Recreation Riverfront Park & Trails Develop a riverfront park, with trails
152 9- Recreation Rental Bikes Develop a rental bike system
153 9- Recreation Neighborhood Parks Improve/develop new neighborhood parks
154 9- Recreation Downtown Greenspace Develop downtown greenspace
155 9- Recreation Baseball Diamonds Develop more baseball diamonds
156 9- Recreation Basketball Courts Develop more basketball courts
157 9- Recreation Splashpad Create a public splashpad feature
158 9- Recreation Softball/Baseball Complex Create tournament complex (4 fields, 400 cars)
159 9- Recreation Trail Plan Develop a bike trail plan in and out of town
160 9- Recreation Trail Connectors Develop connectors between diff. trails
161 9- Recreation Downtown Amphitheatre Build downtown amphitheatre
162 9- Recreation YMCA Relocation Relocate the YMCA to the hospital campus
163 9- Recreation River Utilization Plan Develop a river utilization plan
164 9- Recreation Downtown Events Develop more downtown events
165 9- Recreation Joint Parks Funding Increase amount of parks funding / joint
166 9- Recreation Joint Parks District Create a joint city-county parks district
167 9- Recreation Anytime Fitness Options Develop more 24/7 fitness options
168 9- Recreation Skate Park Develop a better skate park
169 9- Recreation Hockey Team Develop a hockey team
170 9- Recreation Public Art Increase number of public art works
171 10- Culture Art & Culture Festivals Develop more/enhance exist. art/cult. fest’s
172 10- Culture Arches Construct arches at downtown entrances
173 10- Culture Bridge Lighting Light the bridges
174 10- Culture Mural Program Develop a mural plan and program
175 10- Culture Banner Program Develop a banner program
176 10- Culture Bronze Statues Commission bronze statues along trail
177 10- Culture Bridge Flags Place flags on bridges
178 10- Culture Neighborhood Branding Develop neighborhood identities/brands
179 10- Culture Culturefest Develop a (international) Culturefest event
180 10- Culture Symphony Develop a local symphony
181 10- Culture Music Festivals Enhance/increase music festivals
182 10- Culture Music Events Enhance/increase music events
183 10- Culture Museum Enhancements Enhance existing museums
184 10- Culture Museum Funding Increase funding for museums
185 10- Culture Artist Center Develop a local artist center
186 10- Culture Arts District Develop an arts district
187 10- Culture Website Develop an arts and culture website
188 10- Culture Downtown Cruising Attract downtown cruising
189 10- Culture Car Shows Attract downtown car shows
190 11- Environment Trash Cans Increase number of public trash cans
191 11- Environment Recycling Cans Install recyclable material cans in public
192 11- Environment Emergency Drills Develop emergency drill system
193 11- Environment Flood Preparedness Develop flood preparedness plan (walls)
194 11- Environment Agicultural Runoff Manage ag runoff into creek/river
195 11- Environment Rock Creek Protect and enhance Rock Creek
196 11- Environment HU Flooding Solve Heidelberg flooding problem
197 11- Environment Shooting Training Develop shooting training courses (ALICE)
198 11- Environment Nuclear Preparedness Develop nuclear preparednes plan
199 11- Environment Water Quality Manage & protect water quality
200 11- Environment Annexation Agreements Review and approve annexation agreements

Largest private employers in Seneca County

Mercy Tiffin

Here is a list of the largest private employers, sorted by number of employees (in ranges). Obtained from publicly available information sources (2014) and other more current research. It is being continually updated.

500+

200-499 employees

National Machinery

American Fine Sinter

100-200

50-99 employees

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Reineke Family Dealerships celebrates 55 years of business

Reineke logoFifty-five years ago yesterday, on August 26, 1960, Bill Reineke Sr. opened his first car dealership at 130 East Tiffin Street in Fostoria, kicking off a multi-generational, family-owned network of eight locations in five Northwest Ohio cities. With their exceptional customer service and community support, the Reineke Family Dealerships are looking forward to another 55 years. All combined all locations and franchises employ 375 and sell almost 7,000 vehicles every year.

That original dealership, called Reineke Buick Oldsmobile, quickly found footing in the community and was moved to a larger building just down the street in 1962. Bill Sr. was welcomed into the Ford Motor Company family of dealers in 1967, and in the early ’70s, a brand new Reineke Ford dealership was built at Perrysburg Road, just north of Fostoria.Reineke New Tiffin Dealership Photo

The opportunity to expand outside the Fostoria area came in 1984, when Tiffin Ford Lincoln Mercury on Market Street was purchased by Bill Sr. The Fostoria and Tiffin locations added collision centers to their campuses in the late ’90s, and in April of 2001, Tiffin Ford Lincoln Mercury moved to a new location at 2020 West State Route 18. The original Reineke Ford underwent a facelift that year, as well, with an expansive remodeling of its showroom.

Today, there are Reineke dealerships in Tiffin, Fostoria, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Findlay and North Baltimore.

 

 

Pioneer Mill to hold first ever Jazzin’ Tiffin Nights

20150813120830066As part of this year’s Jazzin’ Tiffin festival, The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin will feature jazz acts on the three Thursday evenings leading up to the festival on Sept. 12. Each band will begin at 7 p.m. at Tinker’s Dam in the Pioneer Mill, located at 255 Riverside Drive in Tiffin.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Aug. 27: Trio NOT – This three-piece band, composed of Douglas Neel (guitar/trombone/vox), Nelson Overton (drums) and Kyle Turner (organ/keys) focuses on funk/soul/rock fusion and also explores reggae/country/pop music. Trio NOT ties together their unique voice and arranging ideas with recognizable covers, dance heavy material, and original work.
  • Sept. 3: Pete Ford Jazz Trio – Pete Ford is a jazz pianist, composer and assistant professor of music at Adrian College. The Pete Ford Trio consists of Pete Ford on piano, Scott Kretzer on drums and Kurt Kranke on bass.
  • Sept. 10: B3 Jazz Trio – Made up of Chuck Summers (sax/vocals), Bob Essex (bass/vocals) and Frank Harnishfeger (piano/vocals), B3 has been performing in Northwest Ohio for the last 7 years. Their music genres include jazz, R&B, Motown, ballads and pop, and their jazz performances are covers from groups such as The Crusaders, George Benson, Larry Carlton and Jimmy Smith, among others.

The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin stands on the same site as the original Tiffin dam built by Tiffin founder Josiah Hedges in 1822. The current building was constructed on the same foundation walls after a fire in 1875 destroyed the original wooden building. After much planning and development, The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin restaurant opened for business on October 3, 1974 and was placed on the national register of historic places in recognition of its background.

David Zak steps down as SIEDC President & CEO

David ZakLocal leader to join Tiffin University in new position

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 24, 2015 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) announced today that its President & CEO David Zak is resigning from the public-private partnership effective September 11, 2015 to join Tiffin University as its new Vice President for University Advancement and Economic Development (UAED).

Zak will start in his new role on September 14, and the search for a new leader for SIEDC will begin within the next week or two.

Heidelberg University President and SIEDC Chair Rob Huntington praised David for his accomplishments and wished him well: “It is remarkable what David has accomplished at SIEDC in only 20 months. I admire his economic development expertise, strong communication skills, and community leadership savvy. We will surely miss him at the helm. At the same time, I’m confident that we won’t lose any steam. In addition, David will intensify Tiffin University’s involvement in local economic, community, and downtown development, and Heidelberg will also have another strong ally at Tiffin University, which can’t but strengthen the universities’ relationship.”

Zak was quick to praise his team, the board, and members of his organization for the community’s recent economic resurgence. “I feel my biggest contribution was to help develop one of the strongest economic, downtown, and community development teams in the country. Karen, Amy, Katie, and Bryce are amazing individuals, and I will truly miss working with them on a daily basis. Add to that an incredibly committed board of trustees, committees, and volunteers, and it’s no wonder so much has gotten done.

I am also incredibly proud of the increased commitment and ongoing support for this organization public officials and private business members have made. They are responsible for the success we’ve been seeing. People here care deeply about the future and are willing to invest and sacrifice to make it better. It’s one of the things that make Tiffin and Seneca County great.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was surprised by the news but enthusiastic about the future. “During my time as Mayor, David and SIEDC have been an ideal partner, helping to supercharge downtown, retail, and industrial development. Tiffin is on the move, and more than 1,000 new jobs and $100 million over the last three years is the result. We’re the strongest we’ve ever been financially and the future is as bright as ever. I don’t believe we’re losing David; I believe we’re gaining an incredible partner who is going to help take Tiffin University to a whole new level – and our community will benefit immensely from that. Full speed ahead.”

Zak intends to represent Tiffin University and be active on SIEDC’s and other local boards engaged in economic development, ensure the transition is smooth, and promises to work as part of SIEDC’s board to recruit the best economic development talent out there to take his place. “Tiffin University and I will also strengthen our support for SIEDC, and I will do everything in my power to ensure the momentum continues,” Zak added.

Seneca County Commissioner and SIEDC Executive Committee member Fred Zoeller also praised Zak’s broad-based approach. “Zak built bridges and strengthened relationships not only in Tiffin, but also with Fostoria and businesses throughout the entire county. His efforts and the efforts of SIEDC have made Seneca County a stronger and better place. I’m glad he’s staying here, and I also look forward to recruiting a new leader.”

Zak will be heading up Tiffin University’s Office of University Advancement and Economic Development (UAED), which expands the development office to include not only the traditional functions of institutional advancement, public relations, alumni relations, government relations, and marketing with leadership in local, regional and national economic development. One new area for the university will be the creation of national centers of excellence in technology and entrepreneurship that will help spur research, company formation, capital attraction, and job creation.

SIEDC Vice Chair Andy Felter, President & CEO of Webster Industries and a Tiffin University alumnus commented, “I believe strongly in SIEDC, in Tiffin University and in David Zak. This move is a no-lose scenario for the community, and I’m truly pleased we get to keep his talents here in Tiffin and Seneca County working to make it a better place. I wish him and TU nothing but the best. It’s an inspired choice.”

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.

Around the Town event welcomes back university students

around the townNearly 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students will have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about at a Welcome Back Students/Around the Town Event this Saturday, Aug. 22 from 3 – 5 p.m. on the courthouse green space.

Around the Town is one of the signature events of the Downtown Strategic Plan, and this is the first year that the event will be held downtown and combine both universities.

WTSC Seneca County Radio will be live broadcasting from the event, playing music and interviewing guests. Several restaurants will be providing free samples, shops and restaurants will hand out coupons and menus, non-profits will provide students with information about how to get involved in their organizations and students can check out local services.

SIEDC Downtown Development Specialist Bryce Riggs is a Heidelberg student the lead organizer of the event. “As a student and lifelong Tiffin resident, I am aware of the opportunities in the community, but the majority of new students don’t know what’s out there or where they can go. Tiffin has so much to offer! I would like other students to know what’s out there, so they can get involved in the local organizations and visit our restaurants and shops,” Riggs said.

Participating businesses and organizations:

Businesses open around the square:

Chris Standring to headline 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin

Festival expands to three days with a full day of free live jazz on September 12

Jazzin Tiffin Poster 2015TIFFIN, OHIO – August , 2015 – The 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin festival will take place September 10-12, 2015. This annual celebration in Tiffin, Ohio begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 with the first ever official Warm-Up Party at the historic Pioneer Mill Restaurant. On Friday, September 11, local university students will get to interact on-on-one with headliner and jazz superstar Chris Standring during the festival’s first “Education Night.” The main event—an all-day jam session with six performers from around the country—takes place on Saturday, September 12 and runs from noon to 10 pm.

Jazzin’ Tiffin has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz music, such as Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Nelson Rangell, Mindi Abair, Chuck Loeb, Warren Hill and Alexander Zonjic. This year’s headliner, Chris Standring is among today’s hottest jazz stars and he will bring his own special brand of music to the stage on Frost Parkway in Rotary Park on Saturday evening September 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Standring has been performing for nearly three decades and has numerous projects in his discography, with his latest release “Don’t Talk, Dance” receiving a lot of attention. Add to that the release of his autobiography “Something In the Stars,” a plethora of very creative and entertaining music videos and a new internet TV show and you quickly see that Standring’s star is rising once again. “I love doing things that no one else is doing. Especially when people tell me, oh, you shouldn’t do that!” Standring said. “I have made a career out of going down the uncharted path. My music has been called funky, sexy, and electric.” he said.

20150813120830066Nelson Rangell will also be making his second visit to Tiffin, this time with not one but two exciting new CD releases featuring chart toping hits. Ann Arbor Michigan’s Lady Sunshine & The X Band will perform as will former NFL Star Larry Lee and his band, Back in the Day. Rounding out the lineup will be up and coming Lansing sax man Phil Denny and the Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble.

New this year are the Jazz at the Mill nights, held at the historic Pioneer Mill restaurant on Thursdays at 7 p.m. leading up to the festival. Local acts give residents and visitors a chance to eat great food and listen to live jazz in an upscale, restored building whose foundations date back to 1822. Trio NOT will perform first on August 27, followed by the Pete Ford Jazz Trio on September 3, and the B3 Jazz Trio will finish things off with the Warm-Up Party on September 10.

Educational poster for Jazz 2015Tiffin, Ohio has long been known as the Education City, being one of the few small towns in America with two universities—Tiffin and Heidelberg—and in that spirit the first Education Night is taking place on Friday at 4 p.m in the Osceola Theatre in the Gillmor Student Center. The Education Night gives local university students and musicians the chance to learn from a successful contemporary artist in an intimate setting. This year, none other than the headline artist Chris Standring will be featured.

About Chris Standring

Born and raised in Great Britain, Standring loved the guitar at a very early age. His dream was to come to America and see what all the “fuss” was about. So when he left England for California for a visit that turned into a year living in Los Angeles and ultimately making it his new home, it was that adventurous spirit that has catapulted him to being one of the most sought after guitarists in America.

For more information about Chris Standring visit www.ChrisStandring.com or follow him on Facebook. Chris also invites you to view his YouTube videos and his new TV Show “The Inside Track”

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.

GRAND OPENING: Granny Ballreich’s Company Store opening on Thursday, September 10, 2015

<<Ballreich’s Press Release issued today>>

OGrand Openingn September 10, 2015 at 9 a.m., the doors will open to Ballreich’s Potato Chips’ long-anticipated retail store, Granny Ballreich’s. Events for the day include raffles, product sampling, coffee tasting and a coloring book signing from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. by Illustrator/Artist, Jodie McCallum and Author Kathy Mersch. The two have collaborated with Ballreich Bros., Inc. to develop an exciting 24 page Coloring and Activity book, which will be available for purchase along with child’s t-shirts featuring the same artwork.

In addition, nostalgic Ballreich custom created artwork prints and T-shirts from Tampa Bay artist, Mike Williams, previously from Port Clinton, Ohio will be available for purchase. This amazing Tampa Bay artist is recognized for his vintage illustrations of times past.

Appropriately named Granny Ballreich’s after Emma “Granny” Ballreich, one of the company’s founders, the store will be located at 180 Ohio Ave., the previous home of Carl and Emma Ballreich.

The history of the location, said Haley Thomas, director of sales and marketing at Ballreich’s, adds to the nostalgic feel of the store, which she says will be a “destination” for Tiffin residents and visitors to the area.

The focus at the store, will be Ballreich’s, with Ballreich’s products and history featured throughout the store, with local and Ohio-based products and potato-themed items. Granny Ballreich’s will offer a “wide range” of products and prices to customers, and will include an eclectic mix of memorabilia, merchandise and apparel.

A virtual tour room is to be featured at the store, which would provide images of Ballreich’s history, the art of its potato chip production and a glimpse of various media from throughout the country that have featured Ballreich’s products.

For almost 100 years, Ballreich’s has been a strong name of tradition in the Tiffin community, and 2015 will be a celebration of the company’s history and nostalgic beginning, as well as its future, as new products are added and the showcase of Granny B’s opens to the public.

Taiho moving forward with $8M expansion in Tiffin

TaihoProject expected to create 50 jobs; receives local tax credit

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 17, 2015 – Following approval of a local job creation tax credit by Tiffin City Council this evening, the Taiho Corporation of America is announcing its decision to move forward with an $8 million, 50-job expansion at its North American headquarters and manufacturing operation in Tiffin. The project is expected to be completed three years and brings the company’s total investment to more than $21 million since 2012.

The Japanese automotive supplier currently employs 180 and manufactures more than 120 million parts a year at its Tiffin location, including engine bearings, bushings, and other specialty bearings – parts that go into such popular models as the Toyota Camry, Chevy Malibu, Cadillac CTS, and Honda Accord. The new project will allow Taiho to supply polymer-coated bearings and produce a completely new vacuum pump product line.

“Any Taiho facility worldwide could have supported this expansion; we are very pleased that the Tiffin location was chosen for both projects,” Taiho President and COO Nick Isogai said. The Ohio location was competing with other Taiho locations in Japan, Thailand, and Tennessee for the project.

The five-year, fifty percent municipal income tax credit — also known as the New Jobs Program — approved today is expected to be worth up to $37,000 over the term. In addition, the company’s existing Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit from its $13 million expansion in 2012 will capture the new activity and provide additional benefit to the company.

“Tiffin’s economy is surging. The resources available for projects like this are one of many reasons why Tiffin’s industries are expanding, and I am happy that Taiho was able to qualify for the credit,” Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said. Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy was also thrilled at the news, “We’re excited about the number of Seneca County residents that are Taiho employees, and that the number will be growing.”

Financial support for the project was also provided by JobsOhio and the Toledo-based Regional Growth Partnership in the form of a $35,000 state Economic Development Grant. Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership, was pleased with the announcement. “Tiffin and Seneca County continue to be a strong economic development engine in northwest Ohio, and we were happy to support the project.”

About Taiho Corporation of America

Taiho is a global Japanese automotive supplier of bearings and bushings that has its headquarters in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 1944, it currently has more than 1700 employees and over $1 billion in global sales is a $50M+ company in sales. It established its North American presence in 1980 and its first overseas manufacturing operations in Tiffin in 1996 as their first overseas base of operations. It currently employs 180 and operates out of a two facility complex in Tiffin’s Northstar Industrial Park with more than 180,000 square feet of space under roof. Learn more at http://www.taihousa.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.

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.