Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin wins Heritage Ohio Award

SIEDC, Chamber, universities recognized for Around the Town event

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 18, 2017 –  The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) Downtown Marketing Committee and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services received the Heritage Ohio Award for “Best Main Street Committee Event” for the annual Around the Town event in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse October 17.

Around the Town is an annual event introducing incoming Heidelberg and Tiffin University students to businesses and organizations in the community. For 20 years, the event was held on the colleges’ respective campuses. In 2015, the Chamber partnered with the Downtown Marketing Committee through SIEDC and event was brought to a central location downtown, bringing both schools together and highlighting the proximity of downtown to the students.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the partnership and stressed the importance of downtown revitalization efforts. “Around the Town is a wonderful event bringing together the college students and the community,” he said. “It is great to see our community organizations working together, and our commitment to the Main Street downtown approach paying off.”

Tiffin officially became a Heritage Ohio Main Street community in 2016, after two years of affiliate membership. The Ohio Main Street Program works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. The program works on a four-point approach emphasizing, organization, design, promotions and marketing, and economic development in downtown revitalization.

About Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage. Formed in 1989, is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program. In 2002, Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heritage Ohio mission is to help people: save the places that matter, building community, and live better. Learn more at www.heritageohio.org.

Many communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The awards recognize the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of people, businesses, and organizations across the state. The Selection Committee reported an increased level of quality in nominations, awarding 16 categories at this year’s event.

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.

TU and TCS partner to pave student success

TU logoPress release provided by Tiffin University.

Tiffin University and Tiffin City Schools will partner in the Graduate Pathway to Success program, leading students to high-demand, high-quality employment opportunities upon graduation.

The partnership enables students to take college courses that will lead to the completion of 36 to 48 college credits. High-demand, high-quality fields including computer information systems software development, cyber-defense, supply chain management, and general education will be offered. Through a structured pathway, students will take courses starting their freshman year of high school and continue in their intended major through their senior year.

Students and families who participate can save $28,000 to $36,000 in college tuition.

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Tiffin City Schools will advise students in the career field of their choosing. According to TCS Superintendent Gary Barber, students need the same core of academic skills whether they enroll in a traditional two-or four-year institution, enter a post-secondary technical program or apprenticeship, go directly into the military, or enter into the workforce following graduation.

“These pathways can become life-changers for our students and families,” Barber said. “Information Technology and Cyber-Defense will be two of the most sought after professions from 2016-2026. Giving our students access to these opportunities is our obligation. Having a great partner in Tiffin University can help make this a reality. This will be amazing.”

Tiffin University’s Provost Peter Holbrook says, “Our partnership with Tiffin Columbian High School provides creative pathways for students to earn college and high school credit at the same time. It allows students an exclusive opportunity to explore career options early while earning college credit in high school. This will reduce not only the time it takes to earn a degree, but also the cost of a college education. Joining forces with Tiffin City Schools to educate our young people will allow TU yet another opportunity to build the economic development and capacity of Seneca County, Ohio.”

More information will be presented to students at a parent meeting in December.

To learn more information about Tiffin University and the Graduate Pathway to Success program, call Amy Wood at 419.448.3372 or email woodar@tiffin.edu

First downtown Pumpkin Stroll a success

pumpkin stroll stopOn Saturday September 30th, more than 300 members of the Seneca county community enjoyed the Tiffin Pumpkin Stroll, hosted by Simply Susan’s. Those that participated walked around beautiful Downtown Tiffin, collecting pumpkin-themed treats at local businesses. Business involved included:

If you missed the Pumpkin Stroll, there’s a similar event in spring! On the Chocolate Walk, guests will collect sweet treats as they make their way through downtown Tiffin. More information will be provided closer to the event.

Saint Francis campus has much to offer

saint francis logoThe Saint Francis campus, located on St. Francis, offers many opportunities to the Tiffin community. These include education, conservation, relaxation, spiritual programs as well as senior living. Several of their programs:

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is an environmental education center and demonstration center that promotes the appreciation of nature and encourages sustainable living practices. Providing both indoor and outdoor learning experiences, “hands-on” activities make learning apart of who they are. The center is a place to meet, discuss, meditate, and act upon ideas for the community to work together and live well on earth. Experimental education programs and programming for people of all ages and abilities is lead by the professional staff, and volunteers are welcome to aid in the mission to encourage awareness of the environment and deepen the understanding of the relationship between the community and the earth.

Little Portion Green, the Project S.T.R.A.W. endeavor of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center headed by Sister Jane Omlor, will be an educational and demonstrative facility teaching young and old alike how the use of natural building materials and saving energy preserves the environment. With a goal to attain zero energy, the house will demonstrate the many ways that it will save resources by using passive solar design, solar panels, straw bale insulation with earth plaster, Energy Recovery Ventilation, and many other innovative systems.

The St. Francis Spirituality Center gives individuals and groups a brief respite from personal cares and worldly pursuits in a soothing natural environment that is conducive to quiet reflection and contemplation. Three different-sized meeting rooms, overnight and dining accommodations, make the center the perfect place for religious, not-for-profit, business, or family groups to use for retreats, workshops, meetings, personal growth activities, training sites, or celebration events. Although the Center is a retreat/renewal center based in Catholic tradition, all groups of diverse faiths and backgrounds are welcome.

Sisters of St. Francis come together in community to discover, express and celebrate the rich diversity and unity of God’s family and to strengthen and encourage one another in effort to be faithful to the gospel. They extend the rich blessings of community to those among whom they minister.

St. Francis Senior Ministries, a faith-based, values-driven ministry, serves the healthcare and housing needs of older adults. It provides opportunities for an active lifestyle now and a more assisted lifestyle as needs change without having to leave the campus. St. Francis Senior Ministries includes St. Francis Home, Elizabeth Schaefer Apartments, St. Francis Villas, and Friedman Village at St. Francis.

Heidelberg University’s graduate counseling program lands $1.3M grant

HU Logo 10.17Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Heidelberg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Program has received a four-year, $1.3 million grant to train counselors to fill gaps and unmet needs in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The grant, titled Project KITE, will target the rural counties of Erie, Huron, Seneca and Sandusky and three urban cities, Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus.

Through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant, graduate counseling students in their final internship will be eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship during their field experience/internship. Working in interdisciplinary behavioral health care teams, the students will focus on providing trauma-informed care and substance abuse mental health services in rural and underserved areas throughout northwest Ohio.

This is the second grant the graduate counseling program has received from the Health Resources & Services Administration as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last fall, the program received a $214,286 grant to assist in the training of counselors dealing with at-risk children.

“What’s attractive about the grant is that it gives our students who are accepted into the scholarship program a $10,000 stipend to do their field experience as well as first-hand experience working with interdisciplinary teams in various agencies and schools,” said MAC Program Director Marjorie Shavers. The funding “opens up opportunities for our students and also speaks to the deficit we have in mental health providers” in the area.

In all, 78 scholarships will be available over the four-year lifespan of the grant.

Counselors trained through Heidelberg’s MAC program are being prepared to serve mental health clients with issues specifically related to the ever-growing drug epidemic, Shavers explained.

Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders, dean of the School of Education and Counseling at Heidelberg, said certain geographic areas historically have had less access to behavioral health care. “There’s a real serious shortage of both medical and behavioral healthcare in these areas for myriad reasons,” Lipford Sanders said, noting that by 2025, HRSA projections indicate “an additional shortage among many healthcare providers, specifically psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and school counselors.”

“There are really strong demands for these behavioral healthcare personnel trained in comprehensive service delivery as the demand for services from models such as the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) continues to grow,” Lipford Sanders said.

In addition to the student scholarships, Heidelberg will use the grant funding to recruit men and minorities into the MAC program, develop an interdisciplinary behavioral healthcare conference working with consultants from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and ongoing education for faculty and clinical supervisors. A full-time project coordinator will be hired to administer the grant.

Heidelberg’s grant partners are the Sandusky City Schools, Mercy Health, the Neighborhood Health Association of Toledo and the Erie County Health Department.

ABOUT HEIDELBERG
Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers 30 majors, 30 minors and 10 pre-professional programs, awarding the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music degrees, as well as master’s degrees in education, counseling, business administration and music. Heidelberg has been consistently ranked as one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report Magazine. For more information visit the web site at www.heidelberg.edu.

Community seeks proposals for new Comprehensive Plan

Seneca County, Tiffin, Fostoria to collaborate on community plan

View the complete request for proposal here.

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 27, 2017 – The Seneca Regional Planning Commission released a request for proposals for a new county-wide Comprehensive Plan, to include Tiffin and Fostoria. The request includes a combined plan for the three entities, as well as individual plans, each with separate cost estimates, and a twenty-year horizon. Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner said the plan is yet another way for the county to partner with the cities on a common cause. “This plan will continue the climate of collaboration between the different entities within Seneca County, including the successful merger of the Fostoria and Tiffin courts, as well as the execution of the Justice Center,” he said.

The Comprehensive Plan will address long-range policy for land use planning, transportation, economic development, housing, public facilities, historic, natural and cultural resources, agricultural preservation, intergovernmental cooperation, budget preparation, and capital improvement planning and other facets of community life deemed important by the chosen consultant and agreed to by the participating entities.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is looking forward to a new plan and direction for the city. “Our current plan was created in 1994 and is, at this point, extremely outdated. I am excited to see what the consultants will come up with for the community’s development,” he said.

Work is anticipated to begin in 2018 with an 18- to 24-month timeframe, if a firm is selected and funding allocated. The finished product should be ready for adoption by the participating legislative bodies at public hearings by late 2019.

Inquiries should be directed to Charlene Watkins, Executive Director, Seneca Regional Planning Commission, cjwatkins@senecarpc.org, 419.443.7936 ext. 123.

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.