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Jefferson Street streetscaping project moving forward

Project to be completed by end of year

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 1, 2020 – The City of Tiffin has announced that it has selected a contractor and will begin work on streetscaping Jefferson Street between East Market and East Perry Streets including new curb and sidewalks, decorative stamped concrete between the sidewalk and curb, stamped concrete crosswalks, decorative light poles, signage, trees, and streetscaping furniture including but not limited to trash cans, bike racks, planters, hanging baskets.  The project also includes the resurfacing and striping of Jefferson Street and the resurfacing of the alley to the north of National Corner and the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green and to the east of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

The project was awarded to Smith Paving & Excavating from Norwalk and construction is to start in the fall. The expected completion date is Dec. 31, 2020.

State Rep. Bill Reineke and State Sen. Dave Burke helped secure $300,000 for the project in the previous State Capital Budget, which was then awarded by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The grant was awarded to support the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green and National Corner developments in downtown Tiffin. The City Engineer’s office designed and will manage the construction administration and inspection for this project. By doing so and not using consultants, the City of Tiffin was able to maximize the grant dollars for this project.

The Downtown Tiffin Design Committee provided input on the streetscaping items and helped to coordinate with the City Engineer’s Office.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m so proud to see that this project is moving forward. Thank you to City Engineer Matt Watson and his office for maximizing this grant funding and ultimately improving the look of Downtown Tiffin.”

Ultimate Touch Salon opens on Miami Street

Owners opening new business after years working in Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 26, 2020 – After 35 and 19 years of experience as beauticians in Tiffin, Tammy Smith and Alicia Reinhart are opening their first salon each with Ultimate Touch Salon, LLC, located at 676 Miami St., Suite B. The salon opened Monday, June 22.

Ultimate Touch Salon is to offer cuts, colors and other hair services, and eventually Reinhart and Smith hope to add a nail technician.

“We are very excited to be able to realize our dream of salon ownership in Tiffin,” Smith said.

With respect to their newly renovated salon, Reinhart said, “We love our new space and the building’s owners have been great to work with.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “It is great to see professionals in Tiffin investing in our community. Congratulations to Tammy and Alicia on opening the new salon.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (567) 938-8400 or search for “Ultimate Touch Salon,” 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 http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

4CG initiative completes planning document

Summary of final document to be presented later this summer

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 25, 2020 – Economic development and workforce development organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties representing the partnership of the 4CG initiative have finished their Regional Strategic Workforce and Economic Development Strategy. A summary of the final document was presented to local economic development organizations, workforce partners, county commissioners, village, cities, townships, state representatives and educational entities on June 23, 2020. An in-person rollout for businesses and other stakeholders is planned for later this summer.

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. This analysis and project plan have received support from the Greater Workforce Development Board and was funded by a $110,000 grant from Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. Final analysis and strategies were based on SWOT analysis, industry sector meetings, focus groups, online survey and key person interviews, and was conducted by consulting firm Poggemeyer Design Group with subcontracted services through the Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development.

Action items are categorized under 8 pillars:

  1. Education/Lifelong Learning
  2. Marketing/Branding
  3. Infrastructure/Capital Resources
  4. Regional Collaboration/Continued Partnerships
  5. Tourism
  6. Business/Industry Activities
  7. Quality of Life
  8. Legislative Action

Of these, key takeaways include “Develop, create, and maintain a multi-media marketing campaign that will enable the area to sell itself regionally, state-wide, nationally and internationally” and “Create a unique identity and sense of community for the four-county region.” Additionally, the plan recommends that the 4CG partners continue to work together to implement action items identified under each pillar and that the partnership will strengthen funding applications with the regional approach.

Following the summary, the final document is to be presented to the boards of county commissioners from the partner counties for adoption.

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.org.

Tiffin City Council approves Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

New law to take effect in July

TIFFIN, OHIO – JUNE 22, 2020 – Tonight during a special meeting, Tiffin City Council voted unanimously to approve a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in downtown Tiffin. The ordinance allowing patrons of liquor permitted establishments within the DORA boundary to possess a specially marked open container within the designated area will take effect in July. Tiffin joins 27 other communities in the state of Ohio to implement a DORA.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz introduced DORA legislation in May as a way of helping business to reopen after social distancing measures were put in place reducing the number of people allowed to dine in at restaurants. “I’m happy to see council take a proactive step for our community and allow those Downtown Tiffin businesses that previously were unable to offer outdoor dining an opportunity to do so during these challenging times.”

DORA beverages must be purchased from a participating liquor licensed establishment within the designated district; maps are to be distributed to participating vendors and signage is to be posted at the boundaries of the DORA area. Businesses owners may post signage to exclude their property from DORA participation. The only open container allowed will be the designated, specially marked DORA cup purchased from a participating establishment, and a DORA cup cannot be brought into another liquor licensed establishment. The hours during which beverages will be allowed within the area are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. The Tiffin City Council reserves the right to suspend the DORA at any time, for any reason, and the Ordinance will sunset on Dec. 31,2020, prior to which time council may vote to make it permanent in the City of Tiffin.

The concept was presented to council by a recommendation from the Downtown Development Committee of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership in October 2018 as a way ease or make more accessible outdoor dining and allow patrons to enjoy a beverage within the district’s boundaries. The proposal submitted to council laid out the hours of operation, boundaries, and establishments to be included in the district, as well as safety and sanitation plans, which were the result of a full year of due diligence and research into communities of a similar size with DORAs in place.

Amy Reinhart, Downtown Main Street Manger for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, said: “This not only will help our businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic, but will continue to make Tiffin a destination in our region and enhances the experience of those patrons visiting Downtown 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.

ODSA offers webinar for Ohio exporters in Australia & New Zealand

Information provided by Ohio Development Services Agency Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Ohio Development Services Agency Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship is offering a free webinar at 3 pm. Jun 25 addressing the current state of play in the Australian and New Zealand markets, the future outlook, and tips for conducting international business in this challenging time.

Register

The webinar is for Ohio companies interested in the AU & NZ market and Ohio companies already doing business with AU & NZ companies. Sectors of opportunity include Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Medical & Biotechnology, Agriculture, Industrial Equipment & Machinery, Chemicals.

Angela Foley, managing director of Foley & Associates in Australia, is the featured speaker.

For more information or to register, click here.

Clinton Heights Golf Course expands with driving range

Practice facility open now

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 22, 2020 – Having completed construction in the fall and opening in early May, Clinton Heights Golf Course is announcing that it has expanded with the addition of a new driving range and practice facility. The facility has 5 acres of greens to shoot at, with two tee-boxes and targets at 75, 100, 125 and 150 yards and driving boxes for 150, 200 and 225 yards.

Co-owners Jeannine Curns and Chris Magers, who have owned the course since 2003, said they purchased about 22 acres for the facility in 2019 and completed the project in the fall of 2019. The course employs 20 people, and two additional employees were added for the expansion.

“This was just the perfect opportunity for us to grow, and the community has been very supportive,” Curns said.

“Many local schools and community organizations have events or school function at our course, and this just gives us another opportunity for people to see what we have here in Seneca County,” Magers said, adding that the range also provides a great opportunity for youth and senior citizens to experience the game of golf.

Magers and Curns added that the Clinton Township Board of Trustees have been great to work with through the approvals process.

“We think it’s a great addition to the township. We’re glad to have them expanding here and it’s great for the community,” said Dennis Moyer, Clinton Township trustee.

“I’m glad to see that Clinton Heights is growing and offering an exciting expansion of their services here in Seneca County,” said Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas.

The new facility is to be open 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. seven days a week, and memberships are being offered for the practice facility as well as daily rates. For more information, visit clintonheightsgolf.com, call (419) 447-8863 or search for Clinton Heights Golf Course on Facebook or Twitter.

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.org.

DGL congratulates Tiffin on its impactful infrastructure improvements

Press release via DGL Consulting Engineers

The City of Tiffin’s leaders remain committed to its citizens and businesses. They have a reputation for developing the area and providing impactful infrastructure improvements throughout the City. Earlier this month, the City’s Ella Street Waterworks Canal Bridge construction project began. This $509,000 project will repair the existing bridge, which had weight restrictions that prohibited traffic including fire trucks, snow plows and school buses, and also widens the sidewalks on each side of the bridge to improve pedestrian safety and complete a connectivity component of the City of Tiffin’s Active Transportation Plan. DGL’s design contributions to this project included numerous bridge inspections and load ratings, topographic surveys, structure and roadway, maintenance of traffic, right of way determination, as well as geotechnical and environmental oversight. We are now working on the construction phase of the project, which is scheduled for a mid-August completion.

The Ella Street Sandusky River Bridge project is also underway. The existing Ella Street Sandusky River Bridge was originally constructed in 1914 and was rehabilitated in 1979. An impressive 4,000 vehicles pass over the bridge daily, so this project has been on the City’s radar for many years. DGL was hired in 2017 to perform an assessment and a Preliminary Structure Study for rehabilitation or replacement of this structure. In 2019, DGL updated the Preliminary Structure Type Study and provided support for the 2019 Municipal Bridge Application submittal to ODOT, which, if successful, would grant the City funding from the State/Federal. DGL also assisted with the ODOT interview/presentation prepared by the City Engineer in September 2019. The City’s proactive approach, convincing presentation and DGL’s support led to the approval of $2M in funding by ODOT’s Municipal Bridge Program. The estimated total project cost for the bridge project is over $4 million and the local share will be offset by funding from the City’s road and bridge levy that was passed by voters in May 2018.

DGL has been the City of Tiffin’s Bridge Engineer since 2009, performing bridge rehabilitation and replacement design, load rating, structure studies, annual bridge inspections and assisting/securing construction and load rating funding through ODOT for the City’s bridges. We have been inspecting this bridge for over a decade and have also secured load rating funding that was performed by ODOT’s consultant in 2012. DGL’s experience and knowledge with this bridge is unparalleled. Because of our preliminary work and deep knowledge of the City’s structures, substantial cost savings were realized for this project. Our design includes replacing the existing bridge with a new wider structure consisting of three-span prestressed concrete I-beams with a composite reinforced concrete deck superstructure. Our construction services team will also be engaged upon the start of construction to ensure the City and its residence receive the highest quality from their selected contractor.

We enjoy the collaborative environment the City has created to provide a safe and thriving community for residents, businesses, employees and visitors. Tiffin continues to experience incredible growth and development because of their culture and we are proud to supplement their stellar team!

EIDL open again to all businesses; PPP to close June 30

We received this earlier this week from the Cleveland office of the SBA:

Please note the attached, in case you may have missed it.

  1. Economic Injury Disaster Loan portal is now open again to non-rural businesses. 
  2. PPP program will be closing at the end of the month – June 30, unless extended.  The program has had some improvements with the passage of the flexibility act, so this is the last chance to get anyone to apply.  Remember the lenders will need at least a few days to submit applications, so any lingering applicants need to get their applications in right away.  
  3. I have attached an updated borrower side application.  Especially reach out to folks who maybe shied away from this because their business was not able to open – the Flex Act does make some positive changes just for such businesses.

Thanks all!

Attachments:

For PPP Information: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp or https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses provide great information and links to forms and FAQ’s.

For detailed information on SBA programs for the coronavirus, visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus and for information on all federal programs, visit www.usa.gov/coronavirus or www.gobierno.usa.gov/coronavirus (en Español).

Cleveland Fed to hold webinar on PPP – June 25

We received this information this week from Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office:

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help small businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. To help small business borrowers determine if the PPP is a good option for them, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is hosting a webinar that will provide guidance on accessing the program, the application process, and other details about the loan terms. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, a regional economic development organization, and community development financial institution will walk attendees through the PPP.


REGISTER HERE


Thursday, June 25, 2020 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Online Webinar

Is a PPP loan right for your business?
What is the application process?
What expenses are covered by a PPP loan? 

Our panelists:

  • Gil Goldberg – U.S. Small Business Administration, District Director, Cleveland District Office
  • Brian Hall – Greater Cleveland Partnership, Senior Vice President and Executive Director for the Commission on Economic Inclusion
  • Anna Smukowski – Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director, Investor Relations & Capital Strategies

Introduction by Dr. Loretta Mester – President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Moderated by Ken Surratt – Community Development Outreach Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Panelists will answer audience questions following the presentation

USDA has funding for businesses

We just received this communication from the USDA this week:

USDA, Rural Development, Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program has funding available for Fiscal Year 2020!

Rural Development can provide loan guarantees to expand business operations; purchase and improve real estate; purchase machinery & equipment; and refinance outstanding debt.  The loan guarantee program is used to provide better rates and terms to the businesses while reducing lender risk.  In addition to reducing lender risk, the issuance of the loan guarantee can generate additional fee income for the lender through the sale of the guaranteed portion on the secondary market.   Additional information can be found at the following website:

Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program

New this year, and available for a limited time, is the B&I CARES Act program providing funds to help meet the working capital needs of rural businesses and agricultural producers. This program has the flexibility of offering up to 12 months of principal & interest deferment with an additional 24 months interest only if necessary. Reduced guarantee fees and increased loan guarantee percentages are available through the B&I CARES Act.  Additional information regarding the B&I CARES Act can be found at the following website:

Business & Industry CARES Act Program

Please contact one of our staff members to further discuss these programs.

Michael Rutherford      Michael.Rutherford@usda.gov          614-255-2420

Cindy Musshel               Cindy.Musshel@usda.gov              614-255-2427

Debbie Rausch             Deborah.Rausch@usda.gov           614-255-2425

Randy Monhemius     Randy.Monhemius@usda.gov        614-255-2424

Thank you for your time.