First Façade Enhancement Grant of 2018 approved

ABR approves $10,000 grant for roofing project

MVIMG_20180116_143228.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – January 16, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved the first city Façade Enhancement Grant of 2018. A roofing project at 147 Madison St. was awarded a $10,000 grant for a $27,300 project, leaving $90,000 in the city’s Façade Enhancement Grant fund.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see the program underway for the year. “The downtown Façade Enhancement program has been a hit among downtown business and building owners, resulting in 54 projects and $1.4 million in property investment since 2014,” he said. “I am excited to see the improvements made possible by the program in 2018.”

Building owner Ned Behm said the program has been helpful in completing long-term projects. “It is great that the same building can receive a Façade Enhancement Grant each year,” he said. “It has allowed me to strategically plan improvements to my downtown buildings to get the best return on my investment.”

This is the second Façade Enhancement Grant awarded to the property. In 2017, the former Crystal Traditions building was approved for a $9,000 grant for a $18,100 project. Improvements included the replacement of storefront windows, man doors and a garage door, as well roof repairs.

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

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

Sentinel program places in Elite 50 for second year in a row

elite 50.jpgThe Sentinel Career and Technology Center Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management program has been named an Elite 50 Hospitality Program by Sullivan University for the second year in a row.

High school and tech center programs excelling in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management across the nation are considered for the Elite 50. Some are state and national award winners from ProStart, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Emphasis is also placed on strong hospitality enrollment and community involvement.

The Sentinel program was transitioned to Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. The program has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association OH ProStart as a program of distinction for the past three years, and instructor Valerie Zeno has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association OH ProStart as a teacher of distinction for three years. Zeno was also recognized as the OH ProStart Educator of Excellence in OH in February of 2017 and by the National Restaurant Association as a National Educator of Excellence.

 All students enrolled in the program earn their ProStart certificate of achievement and ServSafe Food Handler and Manager certification, as well as complete over 200 hours of paid work experience in the culinary and hospitality management industry.  The culinary and hospitality management program is very active in the local community and completes hundreds of community and service learning hours throughout the year.

The Vanguard Tech Center in Fremont also appeared on the Elite 50 list.

About the Elite 50
The Elite 50 list is comprised of high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management. Some are state and national competition winners from ProStart, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). We also conducted research to establish schools with strong hospitality enrollment and influence in their community. Included are many schools we specifically paid visits to that we deemed to have strong hospitality studies programs.

About Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers
Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers have been providing quality career technical education since 1968.  The district provides students with specific, marketable skills to begin a career, pursue further training or attend college.  For more information about any of our programs, or to apply to be a student, visit www.vsctc.org.

Boost Mobile to open Tiffin location

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veA new mobile phone retailer is coming to Tiffin. A Boost Mobile franchise is set to open next week in the retail center currently housing Chipotle, at the corner of Ashwood Drive and W. Market Street.

Ben Sayed, a partner in franchise owners Wireless Boys, expressed their excitement at moving into the community. “It’s a beautiful town and we believe we will be a great asset,” he said. “We are looking forward to serving the Tiffin community.”

Wireless Boys began in 2011 and currently owns and operates 15 Boost Mobile franchises in the Northwest Ohio area. Their most recent store opened in Fremont this week.

The retail center was constructed in 2016 by Diverse Development, a real estate development firm based in Holland, Ohio. The center includes three units, one of which (a 1,400 square foot end unit) is still available for lease.

Tiffin receives Tree City USA awards

TreeCityLogoCity celebrates 37 years in program, Growth Award

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 8, 2018 – For the 37th consecutive year, Tiffin has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community and will receive a Growth Award for the fifth year since joining the program. The awards will be presented April 18 at the annual Tree City USA meeting.

Tiffin Parks Director Bryce Kuhn said the awards reflect the city’s long-term commitment to preserving and enhancing its public landscape. “For nearly 40 years, the Tiffin community has made a conscious effort to support sustainable tree programs and educate residents on the importance of such programs,” he said.

Each year the Tiffin Shade Tree and Beautification Commission applies for membership in Tree City USA on behalf of the City of Tiffin. Cities are eligible for the program if they meet four standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and observing Arbor Day with a proclamation.

This year, Tiffin will also receive a Growth Award in recognition of a higher level of tree care. The award highlights innovative programs and projects, and provides an opportunity for communities to share ideas. Tiffin will receive the award for its Christmas tree recycling program and further education of Tree Commission members.

The Tiffin Shade Tree and Beautification Commission is a committee that meets monthly to discuss tree plantings for Tiffin’s boulevards, flower plantings in baskets downtown, tree educational information and beautification.  The committee has been part of Tree City USA for 36 years.

About Tree City USA
The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. Learn more here.

Plans for Tiffin spec building announced

spec 2 bEagle Rock Industrial Park property sale closed today

TIFFIN, OHIO – December 19, 2017 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) has announced plans for a speculative industrial building for the 11.3-acre site at the corner of Shawhan Ave. and Tyber Rd., in the Eagle Rock Business Park. Private investors have acquired the site and will be building the structure, which is to be 50,000 square feet, will be expandable to 200,000, and will include office space. The shell for the building should be up by the summer of next year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the building will allow Tiffin to be more open to new opportunities. “A spec building will give Tiffin a competitive edge when we are courting manufacturers seeking to locate or expand in our area,” he said. “Having the space available and customizable is attractive to a company looking to locate quickly and begin production.”

SIEDC Economic Development Committee Chair and owner of the previous spec building Denny Kerschner agreed. “When I was looking for a place to locate my business in 2007 Tiffin was an easy choice because of the available building. It is critical to have a building like this in order to compete for new projects,” he said.

The building that houses Tiffin Insulators was a speculative building built by SIEDC in 2006, and the Quick Tab II facility, located in the Airport Industrial Park, was also a spec building built by SIEDC in 1994.

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

Terra State, Heidelberg partnering on new nursing degree

HU Logo 12.8Press release provided by Heidelberg University and Terra State Community College

TIFFIN, OHIO – December 8, 2017 – Heidelberg University and Terra State Community College are partnering to develop a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that will address the rising market need for more highly skilled nurses entering the healthcare profession.

Today, the two institutions took a step toward Terra Logo 12.8finalizing the program when they signed a 1+2+1 articulation agreement on Heidelberg’s campus.  When the new program is launched, nursing students would begin with one year of study at Heidelberg, proceed with two years of nursing study at Terra State and finish their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a year of coursework at Heidelberg.

Academic leaders from Terra State and Heidelberg have been working to establish the groundwork for the new program.  The strengths of both institutions will be leveraged for the benefit of nursing students, who will take advantage of two years of tuition costs set by each institution. This blended model will reduce the overall educational expense for students interested in a BSN degree.

“We at Terra State Community College are so pleased to be partnering with Heidelberg University to expand educational offerings and opportunities to those interested in the nursing profession,” said Terra State President Dr. Jerome Webster. “Our faculty and staff, and especially our nursing faculty, are pleased to pledge our support to this initiative.”

Terra State is committed to working with Heidelberg “for the educational delivery of a high-quality, licensed, state-accredited and nationally accredited Registered Nurse program to Heidelberg students,” he said.

Noting that the two institutions’ share a core value to place students at the center of the learning experience, Webster added, “Our partnership with Heidelberg only strengthens our transformational journey and we are thrilled to join in this collaborative and innovative partnership with such an outstanding institution.”

President Robert H. Huntington echoed those sentiments.  “Heidelberg is especially thrilled to craft this educational partnership with Terra State Community College in order to give a top-quality and affordable new professional program to students interested in a nursing career,” he said.

Huntington added that the new nursing program is the perfect intersection of the liberal arts and professional education, which has been at Heidelberg’s core since its founding. “Now is the time,” Huntington said.  “Together, we have developed an innovative learning opportunity to make the beginning, middle and end of this program very successful.  This will be a wonderful four-year experience for our students.”

In addition to both presidents, Dr. Jennifer Spielvogel, vice president for Academic Affairs at Terra State, and Dr. Beth Schwartz, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Heidelberg, participated in the signing ceremony.  Both thanked their faculty members who have played an important role in developing the new BSN program.

“This will be a great way to serve students at both institutions and also serve the healthcare needs of the community,” Schwartz said.

Also on hand for the signing were: Terra State representatives Susan Kajfasz, associate professor of nursing; Holly Penhos, director of nursing; and Amy Anway, dean of Allied Health, Nursing and Human Services; and Heidelberg representatives Dr. Bryan Smith, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Allied Health Sciences; Dr. Pam Faber, professor and chair of the Biological and Environmental Sciences Department; Ryan Musgrave, assistant professor and director of athletic training; Doug Kellar, vice president for Enrollment Management; and Phil Ness, vice president for University Advancement and Marketing.

In the coming weeks and months, work will continue to finalize the program in anticipation of a formal announcement about its launching in 2018 (pending review by the Higher Learning Commission).  The expectation of both institutions is that students will be able to enroll in the new program beginning in the fall of 2018.

Laminate Technologies acquires manufacturer

Press release provided by Laminate Technologies

LamTech logoFred Zoeller, President CEO /Founder  of Laminate Technologies, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Laminating Technologies, LLC. a wood product manufacturer based in White City, Oregon also with a location in Spokane Washington.  Laminate Technologies, Inc. is a Tiffin, Ohio based company operating four manufacturing locations including Tiffin, Ohio, Gallatin, Tennessee, Diboll, Texas, and Ridgeway Virginia, making Laminate Technologies, Inc. the largest independent laminator in the US.  Mr. Zoeller stated that he is excited to add the two facilities to the company provided better opportunities to reach new markets and projecting that business will double within the next five years.

Rick Clark, CEO of Laminating Technologies in Oregon says he is looking forward to this transaction because it will, he said “Ensure the long term viability of our company for both our employees and clients”. He further stated that “the tradition of great quality manufacturing and customer service will remain in place based on the history of Laminate Technologies, Inc. and their team.”

Laminate Technologies Inc. currently employs more than 200 people and this transaction will retain an additional 55 jobs.

Randy Joseph, COO of Laminate Technologies, Inc., stated that he is looking forward to unifying of the two companies.  “This acquisition is a great strategic alliance as it relates to our companies production capabilities, geographic footprint and customer driven approach.  Mr. Joseph further said “We have a culture of treating our staff as family and will continue that tradition in the Oregon and Washington facilities”.

Mr. Zoeller commented that this transaction would have not been possible without the cooperation and assistance of Colleen Padilla of the Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc., and Rob Merriman from the State of Oregon ,   Zoeller said “The support and encouragement of all those who assisted us in bringing this transaction together was amazing.  I am very grateful to all of these individuals and especially to Rick Clark and his team and I am excited about the future for both companies.”

Council approves downtown sign program

Grant provides up to 50% reimbursement for sign costs

Renaissance Sign 2TIFFIN, OHIO – December 4, 2017 – Tiffin City Council approved a new Sign Enhancement Program in a meeting Monday night and set aside $10,000 to fund the program in 2018. The program is designed to assist business owners in downtown Tiffin in displaying effective and consistent signage.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the program is a natural companion to the Façade Enhancement Program introduced in 2014. “Through the Façade Enhancement Program, downtown building and business owners have been able to make drastic changes to the look of their building. To date, the city has invested $350,000 in the program, resulting in $1.4 million in renovations,” he said. “With the sign program, we are able to take the transformation one step further.”

The grant is a 50 percent reimbursement of expenses directly related to perpendicular signage on properties within the downtown target area, up to a maximum match of $1,000.  This grant is available on a first come, first served basis from application approval.  Applications will be accepted starting Jan. 1, 2018. For the first 30 days, preference will be given to owners who have successfully completed Façade Enhancement Program projects.

Signage was laid out in the Downtown Strategic Plan adopted by Council in 2010. The plan called for consistent standards for downtown signage to improve community character along with the Façade Enhancement Program. Similar programs have been adopted by other Ohio Main Street communities, including the Gateway District in Cleveland, Cambridge Main Street, and Main Street Wooster, to great success. A study of one Gateway District business showed a 20 percent increase in foot traffic after a sign enhancement project.

For more information about the program, contact Downtown Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

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

2017 Christmas Events in Seneca County

Destination Holiday Events 2017Check out these great events in Tiffin this December. Winter is taking it’s time getting here, but Santa is on his way to Tiffin! He’ll be at a number of holiday events, giving everyone a chance to get their picture with the jolliest guy around! Find him:

Friday, December 1

Saturday, December 2

Sunday, December 3

Thursday, December 7

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Thursday, December 14

Saturday, December 16

Sunday, December 17

Thursday, December 21

  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Frozone, 114 S. Washington St.

Saturday, December 23

  • 12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Jolly’s, 66 E. Market St.

Ready to pick out a tree or fresh wreath? Saturdays and Sundays Riehm farm will be open, with the fields still producing veggies and homemade cookies! Keep an eye out for Santa, as he stops by most weekends.

Christmas Trees & Family Fun

Riehm Produce Farm, 7244 N. SR 53

11 a.m.—7 p.m. November 25
11 a.m.—6 p.m. November 26
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 2
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 3
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 9
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 10
11 a.m.—7 p.m. December 16
11 a.m.—6 p.m. December 17

Still trying to get into the holiday spirit? No worries! There many events to chose from in Tiffin and Seneca County that are sure to put you in a holly-jolly mood.

Tiffin Events

Friday, December 1

  • 5:15 p.m.: Christmas Tree Lighting, southwest corner of Monroe & S. Washington Streets. Reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”, music by the Heidelberg Singing Collegians, and hot chocolate served by the Elks!
  • 7 p.m.: Tiffin University “Christmas at the Ritz”, Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

Saturday, December 2

Sunday, December 3

Monday, December 4

Friday, December 8

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Rock Run Holiday Open House, 2685 W. SR 224

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Wednesday, December 13

Thursday, December 14

Saturday, December 16

Sunday, December 17

Monday, December 18

Monday, December 25

 

Fostoria Events

November 28—December 21

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays noon – 2 p.m. 11th Annual Santa at the Depot, LE&W Depot, 128 W. North St.

Friday, December 1

Saturday, December 2

And for those who have a competitive spirit, check out these fun community contest and cast your vote!

Christmas Story Contest
Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018!

Write a happy Christmas memory and the winner will read their story at the 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

4 pages handwritten or 2 pages typed. Age appropriate grammar is expected. Entries from students K through 12. Adults can submit in a new category! Participants must live in Seneca County or the event must take place in Seneca County. Entries may be dropped off at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library or the Chamber office during regular office hours.  Parents/Guardians will have to sign a waiver when the essay is submitted. Visit TiffinChamber.com for more information!

Window Contest: People’s Choice

This holiday season, be sure to visit all the local businesses participating in the Window Contest and vote for your favorite! Vote in person at one of the following locations:

Click here for a full brochure of the events listed above.

 

Seneca County Young Professionals reach 100 members

SCYP Logo (1)This month, the Seneca County Young Professionals (SCYP) reached 100 members for the first time! The group began the year with less than 40 members and through an increased focus on programming and added value to members, they have grown to 100 members and counting.

SCYP was started in 2014 as a way to connect new and emerging professionals with each other and the community. The organization was made possible by Pat DeMonte and the Tiffin-Seneca United Way, who saw a need for such a group in the community.

SCYP focuses on three core missions: Connect, Inspire and Grow.

Connect
The Connect committee plans social and networking events for the group. These include summer and winter sports leagues, exclusive events at new establishments throughout Seneca County, and two signature monthly events – Wednesdays After Work and Quick Connect Lunches.

Wednesdays After Work take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Each event takes place at a different location within Seneca County. For those who cannot make it to an after-hours event, SCYP also hosts a Quick Connect Lunch from 12-1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Both events are open to professionals of all ages. Check social media for upcoming events and locations.

Inspire
Young professionals place importance on community involvement and social responsibility. The Inspire committee organizes volunteer efforts for the organization. While anyone may reach out to the young professionals for assistance with events, they have several organized events each year for members to get out and volunteer. Past events have included Painting for a Purpose, proceeds benefiting the United Way CPR training, installing smoke detectors in homes in Fostoria, serving food for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, assisting at the Bash on The Bay concert, and participating in the United Way Day of Caring.

Grow
The Grow committee focuses on professional and personal development for members. Previous events have included Wellness at the Y, from which the group’s YMCA membership discount stems, a Financial Literacy round table, Networking 101, and a presentation about maintaining a work-life balance, to name a few.

In addition to these events, members are also eligible for a professional development scholarship. Members can apply for up to $500 to cover costs, including travel and registration, for a professional development event or training not covered by their employer.

For more information about SCYP, visit their website or Facebook.

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