Annual Summit to celebrate Downtown Tiffin

Live music and presentation featured at event

TIFFIN, OHIO – JULY 18, 2019 – Join with community and business leaders in commemorating a year of success for Downtown Tiffin with the 2019 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit, 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin. The event features live music, a presentation and awards ceremony.

The night will include a chance for attendees to network, and live music is to be provided by Dave & Glenn and the Xpando Band. Ray Boylston, Senior Associate of RLS & Associates Inc., is to give the first local presentation on the proposed deviated fixed bus route for Tiffin, with time for community input. The event also includes the 2019 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony.

Tickets are $5. There is cash bar available and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.tiffinsummit.com. Tickets also are to be available at Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. For more information, click here.

Celebrate Sweet Summertime in Downtown Tiffin

Third Thursday event features live music

TIFFIN, OHIO – JULY 16, 2019 – Channel Kenny Chesney with Sweet Summertime, the July Third Thursday event planned for 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, with events planned in Downtown Tiffin and almost 20 businesses offering specials. Participants can register for door prizes at participating businesses. The event is free and family-friendly and benefits the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin.

As a special treat for the event, Tiffin Community Foundation has sponsored a free concert by the Cherry Bombs 7-9 p.m. in Cherry Alley and UIS will have free cherry pie and ice cream.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin will start at 7 p.m. at the Laird Arcade Brewery, 114 S. Washington St., Suite D, Tiffin.


In addition to the door prizes, participants are reminded to fill out an entry form every time they make a purchase at a participating business for a chance to win $1,000. A winner will be chosen after December’s Third Thursday. (No limit to the number of entries per person. Employees are eligible but cannot enter at their place of employment.)

“Perfect song on the radio. Sing along ’cause it’s one we know. It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime… Sweet Summertime”

Participating businesses include:

  • Burns Electric -Tootsie pop suckers when you stop in the store!
  • Clover Club
  • The Empire at 138 – McClain’s Bar Original Lemonade
  • Frozone – Cherry Amaretto yogurt and 10 percent off your purchase
  • Jolly’s – Small root beer floats
  • The LAB – Sweet “nectar of the gods” on tap and Christmas in July sale, all sweatshirts in stock are $25. $2 samples!
  • Old Fort Bank – Banking with us just makes scents! Free cherry-scented air fresheners when you stop in the bank!
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living – Samples of sweet summer peach slush (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), and wine tasting ($10, pre-registration required).
  • Reino’s – Free order of cinnamon sticks with any order more than $5, just mention it’s Third Thursday!
  • The Renaissance of Tiffin – $6 lemonade and fruit flavored drinks
  • The Shawhan – Cherry Cokes
  • Simply Susan’s – “Sweet deal” plus a free sweet taste of Tiffin all day
  • Thrivent Financial – Passing out cookies
  • Tiffin Community Foundation – Sponsoring the “Cherry Bombs” to play live music in Cherry Alley 7 -9 p.m.
  • Tiffin Glass Shoppe – Dip of cherry ice cream with a purchase of Tiffin stemware for $5. Select items will be 10 percent off!
  • UIS Insurance and Investments – Cherry pie and ice cream in the Cherry Alley parking lot
  • Viaduct – $1 pudding shots
  • Washington Street Outfitters – Kona Ice of Lake Erie Shores and Islands Shaved Ice truck parked out front of the store.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. For more information, click here.

Health Partners of Western Ohio investing more than $2 million in Tiffin

New Tiffin Community Health Center opens

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 19, 2019 – After four years of operating out of rented spaces in Tiffin, Tiffin Community Health Center recently completed the renovation of 1344 W. Seneca Ave. and started offering services there July 1. The facility houses primary care physicians covering pediatrics to geriatrics, a dentist office with pediatric care and counseling. An on-site pharmacy is to be open in five weeks.

Tiffin Community Health Center is a federally qualified health center operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio. The facility underwent a $2.2 million investment in renovations and equipment purchases. It is one of 18 such facilities in Northwest Ohio, and the sixth dental clinic operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio.

The center accepts all forms of insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and works with uninsured patients to provide services on a sliding fee scale. It primarily serves people living below 200 percent of the poverty level and works with patients to ensure their medical and mental health needs are being met.

Janis Sunderhaus, CEO of Health Partners of Western Ohio said: “When it comes to a person’s health, we don’t feel like we can take care of one thing without taking care of everything. We hope to achieve that at this new facility, which is the endgame of years of looking for the right place in Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The City of Tiffin thanks Health Partners of Western Ohio for making this investment in the Tiffin community, and we hope they continue to grow and provide services to our citizens.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (419) 455-8140 or visit http://tiffin.hpwohio.org.

About Health Partners of Western Ohio

Established in 2003, Health Partners of Western Ohio, a federally qualified health center system providing medical, dental, behavioral health, dispensing pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, and chiropractic care at 18 locations in Northwest Ohio. Its mission is to eliminate gaps in health outcomes for all members of our community by providing access to quality, affordable, preventive and primary health care. In 2018, it was named a national quality leader by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

New pediatric dentistry to open in Tiffin

Cuadra Pediatric Dentistry to start taking appointments in September

TIFFIN, OHIO – JULY 11, 2019 – Seeing a need in the community for a full-time pediatric dentist, Dr. Daniela Cuadra has announced plans to open Cuadra Pediatric Dentistry in late September in Tiffin. She will start taking appointments at the beginning of September at her newly renovated office at 486 Wentz St.

Cuadra Pediatric Dentistry welcomes infants, children, teens and children with special health care needs. Services include dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, baby exams, fenectomies (lingual ties), digital x-rays, dental sealants, restorative, space maintainers, minimal sedation with nitrous oxide, general anesthesia when necessary for advanced extensive dental needs, dental emergencies and dental trauma care. The office accepts all insurances and most Medicaid plans.

Cuadra has worked in Tiffin and most recently in practices in Northwest Ohio. She and her family moved to Ohio from Alabama in 2016 and she said it has been her dream to open a practice in Tiffin: “I have loved living in Tiffin and thought it was time that the community had a dentist that specialized in pediatrics full-time.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “We’re pleased that Dr. Cuadra chose to not only make Tiffin the home for her family but also to open a business here.”

For more information, find Cuadra Pediatric Dentistry on Facebook.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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.tiffinseneca.com.

Tickets still available for Downtown Summer Stroll

Second year for annual event in Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 10, 2019 – There is still time to get tickets for the second annual Downtown Summer Stroll taking place Saturday, July 13, 2019, in historic Downtown Tiffin, Ohio. The walk is 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Like other fun walks in Tiffin, including the Chocolate Walk in the spring and Pumpkin Stroll in the fall, people are invited to walk through the shops and restaurants in the downtown collecting summer-themed treats and gifts. As in the past, 100 percent of the walk proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Tiffin Revitalization Fund.

Tickets are $20 for the walk which starts at JT’s Bagel Bar, 14 Sycamore St., or SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St. Tickets are available for purchase in store at Simply Susan’s, 70 S Washington St., or online at downtowntiffinevents.com. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the event at Simply Susan’s. For more information, find Downtown Summer Stroll 2019 on Facebook.

About Downtown Tiffin The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. For more information, click here.

Allstate agency moving to new location

Newly-renovated space to offers more for clients, future growth

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 5, 2019 – In an effort to better serve its customers and expand its business, Tiffin’s local Allstate Insurance Agency, Stover Insurance Services, LLC, is moving its offices to 453 E. Market St., adjacent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The first day of business at the new location is Monday, July 29, 2019.

The space has been recently renovated, and includes private offices and a conference room, dedicated parking and allows the business an opportunity to refresh the visibility, look, feel and branding of its space.

The last day of operation at the current location in the Laird Arcade will be Friday, July 26. David Stover, Owner and Exclusive Agent for Stover Insurance Services, said the move will be positive for his agency: “The Laird has served us well and we love Downtown Tiffin – we just outgrew the space. This new location will allow us to grow and for our employees to operate comfortably and have private conversations with clients when needed.”

For more information, call the office at (419) 443-8301 or email davidstover@allstate.com.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America, serving more than 16 million households nationwide. Founded in 1931, Allstate has been dedicated to protecting our customers from life’s uncertainties and preparing them for the future for more than 85 years.

Allstate became a publicly traded company in 1993, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ALL. As of year-end 2015, Allstate had nearly $104.7 billion in total assets. You’re In Good Hands with Allstate©.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

City of Tiffin releases results of housing study

Report finds market for up to 450 new housing units in area

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 25, 2019 – In order to determine the kind of housing needed and attract developers to the area, the City of Tiffin has released the results of a months-long housing study. The report, “Tiffin Housing Opportunities Analysis,” is based on analyses of the housing market within the Tiffin market, area demographics, and a survey to existing and potential residents. Housing site opportunities also were identified through multiple field trips to the Tiffin area to review sites and interview local stakeholders.

The study was conducted by Dublin, Ohio-based DiSalvo Development Advisors (DDA), funded by the City of Tiffin and managed by Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. It is DDA’s opinion that in the next three years a market exists for 330 to 450 new housing units in the Tiffin area. Eight potential development site examples were identified.

According to DDA, the Tiffin market represents one of the most underserved housing markets in Northwest Ohio. The lack of rental and for-sale housing development has resulted in an extreme shortage of housing that prevents prospective homeowners and renters from moving into the area. Growth in the labor pool and spending power for the local businesses is constrained without available housing. Among 18 rental properties surveyed, only two units were vacant. At the time of this writing, there were just 30 homes listed for sale (above $50,000) that were not pending, and no condominiums were listed for sale.

Also as part of the study, an online housing survey was responded to by 600 people in March and April 2019. Of the 600 respondents, 496 (82.7 percent) indicated that they or a family member work in Tiffin. Eight out of 10 respondents indicated parkland was the most important amenity proximate to a residence for owners and renters. Proximity to retail and workplace were the second and third most important amenities.

The survey also showed that eight of every 10 respondents indicated they were very or extremely familiar

with the business offerings in downtown Tiffin. Respondents were asked to choose their top three businesses/venues they would like to see, which were a bakery, indoor farmer’s market and a family recreation venue (e.g. arcade, bowling, movies, etc.). It is important to note that the desire by the

respondents for certain business types in the downtown does not indicate that the market will support such businesses.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The results of this survey are clear – there is a need for new housing development in the City of Tiffin. With so many great things happening in our community, this need must be addressed if we want to see continued growth.”

To view the report, visit tiffinseneca.org and search for “Tiffin housing study” or click here.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

Four-county group collaborates on workforce challenges

Press released provided through partnership with 4CG

June 24, 2019 — Economic development and workforce development organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties are partnering together under the 4CG initiative. 4CG represents the 4 County Group 4 Collaborative Growth.  The group began working together six years ago to collectively address the region’s workforce challenges.

Initially, 4CG focused its efforts on Manufacturing Month (October) with manufacturing bus tours for educators, speaker events, and manufacturing/career showcases.  These showcase events provide the opportunity for 9th grade students and school leaders to experience today’s work environment and skill sets through interactive stations designed by local manufacturers, businesses, and skilled trade organizations. 

Recently, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca Counties came together to support Ottawa County in the development of a Rapid Response Plan to address the potential closure of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Out of this plan, the counties will begin a comprehensive workforce analysis, with wage and benefit information and strategic priorities developed to assist potential impacted employees and local employers within this labor shed. 

This analysis and plan project has received support from the Area 7 Workforce Development Board and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.  Phase I of the project (the workforce analysis and wage and benefit survey) is fully funded and was awarded to consulting firm, Poggemeyer Design Group with subcontracted services through Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development.    4CG’s consultant, Poggemeyer, will provide assistance in obtaining funding for Phase II of the project implementation, thereby minimizing the need for financial assistance from the economic development organizations, counties, communities, and businesses.

Top 10 Reasons to Live, Work, Study in Tiffin-Seneca

Are you considering coming to Tiffin and Seneca County to work, live, or study? If so, we hope this quick overview shares ten of the great reasons we love our community and why it’s such a great place to thrive. You’ll discover why Tiffin’s population grew last year and residential development is on the rise. Let’s kick things off with our year in review video to introduce you to our home and then move to the reasons.

Reason 1 – A Life Connected

What makes the Tiffin-Seneca community unique is the connection we all feel to our friends and family, and to this place we call home. This connection ensures our businesses are supported, our growth as a community continues, and that newcomers and long-time residents alike are able to find a life fulfilled here. Read more.

Reason 2 – A Booming Economy

Over the last ten years, Tiffin-Seneca has consistently ranked in the top ten percent of the almost 600 micropolitans nationally for large economic development projects. This year, we were #14 in the country. In 2018, we were ranked #10. In 2017, we also ranked #10. Our economy is also not dependent on one type of business – manufacturing, education, healthcare, and agribusiness are all leaders, and we are ranked as one of the top midwestern cities for entrepreneurship.

Reason 3 – A Thriving Downtown

We believe that the downtown is the heartbeat of the community, and we are proud that Downtown Tiffin has an award-winning and state and nationally accredited Main Street program. Please check out our Downtown Tiffin page and the large downtown section in last year’s annual report (2018) to learn more.

Reason 4 – Quality Education

Known as the “Education Community” for decades, we are one of the few communities of our size (18,000 in Tiffin, 56,000 in Seneca County) with two private universities (Heidelberg University, Tiffin University), a regional Educational Service Center, high-quality public and private K12 districts, award-winning career and technical education (Vanguard-Sentinel), an innovative community college (Terra State), and new training center (Fostoria Learning Center.) Also check out the Education section of previous annual reports (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014).

Reason 5 – Abundant Arts

The arts and recreational opportunities in Tiffin-Seneca are numerous. From the restored historic Ritz Theatre to university activities at Heidelberg and TU, from our 14 galleries and museums to our art guild, there is a lot to experience. Add to that the constant happenings at the new outdoor Frost-Kalnow Amphitheatre at the East Green.

Reason 6 – Robust Recreation

With 900 acres of protected nature and 30 parks, Tiffin and Seneca County offers great opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors in Tiffin, Fostoria, Seneca County, and at our two state nature preserves. The Sandusky River is one of the state’s designated scenic rivers, and Lake Erie is within easy reach. We have roadways great for biking and trails within easy reach, and we’ve also recently completed an Active Transportation Plan. The Tiffin Community Y (3rd largest in Ohio), Geary Family YMCA in Fostoria, university facilities, and a number of local gyms and studios are great assets.

Reason 7 – Low Cost

Tiffin has been ranked one of the 20 most affordable college towns in Ohio, and Fostoria has been ranked one of the 10 most affordable cities in the state. Research also shows the Tiffin-Seneca community as having a cost of living 15-20% below the national average.

Reason 8 – Easy Access

Seneca County is within a 90-minute drive of larger metropolitan areas like Columbus, Cleveland, and Detroit, and an hour away from Toledo, which provides great access to airports, professional sports (Blue Jackets, Browns, Indians, Pistons, Redwings, Lions, Tigers) and shows (Playhouse Square is largest performing arts area outside NY), attractions (top-rated Toledo and Columbus Zoo, top-rated amusement park Cedar Point and waterparks), and much, much more.

Reason 9 – Dining & Drinks

For a community our size, there are a number of unique places to eat, drink, and shop. Newer eateries include one the Empire at 138 (top-rated on Open Table), the IronWood Steakhouse, and KiKu Japanese Fusion, while the Laird Arcade Brewery (local microbrewery) and Renaissance (top five distilled selection in Ohio) offer quality brew, bourbon, and cocktails. Check out the Chamber’s listing of restaurants and cafés.

Reason 10 – Global Mindset

Many people are surprised by the international flavor of the Tiffin-Seneca community, and we believe it makes our community a much more interesting place to live. More than 300 students from Heidelberg and TU representing more than 30 countries become part of the Tiffin-Seneca Tribe annually. Our International Cultural Center in the schools and TU’s new PhD program in Global Leadership and Change promote internationalism in education and research, and our many international companies with global operations mean we stay connected around the globe.

A Life Connected

In 2018, Tiffin and Seneca County finished a 18-month community branding initiative. What we found after interviewing more than 500 community members and comprehensive research done outside the community is that what makes unique is the connection we all feel to our friends and family, and to this place we call home. This connection ensures our businesses are supported, our growth as a community continues, and that newcomers and long-time residents alike are able to find a life fulfilled here.

The initiative resulted in something that has never been done to our knowledge in the US – a connected brand family connecting more than seven separate groups – the county (Seneca County), city (City of Tiffin), chamber and tourism (Seneca Regional Chamber and Visitors Services), economic development and downtown revitalization (Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership), and planning (Seneca Regional Planning). Here is the video launching the brand, which also talks about our spirit:

Below is our brand narrative, which describes in more detail who we are:

The new brand also resulted in our branding our own organization from the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. into the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. Read more.