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2019 Economic Development Award – Trilogy Health Services

Trilogy Health Services was the recipient of the Economic Development Award at the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 2019 Annual Meeting March 7, 2019.

Founded in 1997, Trilogy Health Services has more than 100 Senior Living Communities in four states.

Construction of a 95-bed facility in Tiffin started in 2018, with planned completion in 2019. The $14.5 million project includes a campus that is to provide assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care.

Trilogy Health Services recently was certified by Great Places to Work ranked 35 of the 100 best places to work on Glassdoor.

About the Economic Development Award
A community based project that will significantly impact other development in the community. A project that underscores the commitment of the business or owners to the community. A project that eliminates a potential blight in the community. A project that brings recognition to the community and is imaginative.

2019 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Jolly’s

Jolly’s of Tiffin, Ohio, was the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 2019 Annual Meeting March 7, 2019.

Opened in 1947 by Roy and Vivian Jolivette, Jolly’s started as an A&W Root Beer stand. Known for its root beer and Coney dogs, the drive-in was a staple on West Market Street for more than 70 years.

After selling the location in 2016, owner Diane Hassinger served out of a food truck for several years and then opened in their new location in the historic Laird Arcade in 2017. Now open all year, Jolly’s continues to be a Tiffin tradition.

About the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
This award is presented to an individual, business or organization that have exhibited the imagination, initiative, ability, and determination to mix capital and labor together to generate a business that provides employment opportunities and  new investment for the community.

2019 Outstanding Business Award – Bascom Communications

Bascom Communications of Bascom, Ohio, was the recipient of the Outstanding Business Award at the TSEP 2019 Annual Meeting March 7, 2019.

Bascom Communications was formed in 1906 by a group of farmers wanting to bring voice services to rural Tiffin and Fostoria. In 1953, it became a co-operative company, and since 2000, the company has returned more than $4.7 million in capital credit refunds to its membership.

In 2003, they began offering a fiber optic connection directly into customers’ home and in 2018, they became a certified gig-capable provider by NTCA. In 2018, they worked with Seneca County for formulate their new fiber ring to improve 911 services.

Bascom Communications plans to invest almost $2 million in fiber to provide services to areas southeast of Tiffin, downtown Tiffin, northeast of Tiffin and into Fostoria.

About the Outstanding Business Award
The business must be able to demonstrate leadership in their particular field. The business must be able to show the involvement of its owners, managers, or employees in community affairs. The business must be able to demonstrate generosity of time, talent, and money to local charities or non profit programs. The business must be able to show initiatives taken to improve the quality of life in the community. The business must be able to show activities that improve the community.

2019 Partnership in Development Award – Tiffin Community Foundation

Tiffin Community Foundation was the recipient of the Partnership in Development Award at the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 2019 Annual Meeting March 7, 2019.

Founded in 1983, Tiffin Community Foundation started as a charitable trust to benefit citizens of Tiffin and Seneca County. Today, Director Jodie Reinbolt oversees the foundation’s 80 component funds with assets of over $23 million.

Recently, the foundation partnered with the City of Tiffin on construction of the Rock Creek Trail, and will provide funding toward a railroad safety improvement project and a safety project at Melmore and Glenn Streets in 2019.

About the Partnership in Development Award
This award is presented to an individual, business, organization, or political entity that has provided support and means to promote economic development throughout Seneca County and have demonstrably, through their actions, furthered the mission of SIEDC.

Local store celebrating almost a decade in business

Joanies Trash to Treasure to have sale for anniversary

Press release provided by Joanies Trash to Treasure

Joanies Trash to Treasure, 181 S. Washington St., is to have a sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 18-22 to celebrate the store being in business 9 years, established in 2010, and in this present location for three years.

Shoes will be buy-one-pair get one free, $2 rack will be 3 pieces for $5, all coats will be $5, fill-a-bag for $.50 a bag, and lots of other bargains.

We will have gift certificates to give away from businesses around town.

Jacci and Joanie will be there all week, so come and have some fun and get all the bargains like always but a whole lot more.

We are not moving but thinking of opening another location in Fostoria, Ohio. It was brought to my attention as they have no thrift stores. That is a dream of mine to have more than one location. Together we can make this happen.

New clothing company to open in Downtown Tiffin

Divine Style Boutique to open second location in Tiffin offering a new clothing option for all ages

Press release provided by Shuff Consulting LLC

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 8, 2019 – A brand new clothing option and boutique will soon be opening its doors in Downtown Tiffin, located at 116 S. Washington St. Suite C in the heart of the Laird Building.

Divine Style Boutique out of Bucyrus will be growing and opening its second location in Tiffin this spring. Founder Leslie Hill started her business in 2016 and was looking for a way to add something very special to her community and a way for patrons to shop local. Right now, Divine Style Boutique caters to women of all ages. “We like to take time to get to know our customers better and we expand our offerings based on their interests in the future. We like to give an experience to our customers. We want to help them find that perfect gift or just the right thing to wear for everything from every day to special occasions, but most of all we want our customers to feel good in their outfits.”

Owner, Leslie Hill, has been touring various sites and researching the Tiffin market with the assistance of Shuff Consulting LLC and Amy Reinhart of TSEP for the past few weeks. Leslie says she is more than excited to be expanding in Tiffin. “My roots started in Tiffin 20 years ago when I graduated from the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design. Our familiarity with Tiffin played a role as well as the larger population the city has. Plus with the two colleges and Hair Academy, we know we will have a great customer base for women of all ages. We hear so many great things about all of the growth in Tiffin and we can’t wait to be a part of it!”

About Shuff Consulting LLC.

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

Jobs Seneca County Facebook page now open

Service connects employers to potential job seekers

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 6, 2019 – The North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Business Advisory Council (NCOESC BAC) announced today that they are launching a new Facebook group to promote employment opportunities in Seneca County on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The group is called Jobs Seneca County and will promote available jobs, employers, and hiring events throughout Seneca County.

Council Chair Amy Wood is pleased with the effort. “Our Council’s purpose is to align the work of NCOESC BAC participating school districts in response to the needs of businesses. Jobs Seneca County will expose students and the community to viable career opportunities locally, increasing student and business success.”

For the first time and without cost, all job creators in Seneca County will be able to directly connect with potential employees using social media. Employers can post available jobs themselves, which then are reviewed by one of four site administrators to ensure that information is posted in a timely fashion and only positions in Seneca County are being advertised. There are currently 48 jobs listed on the site with links to OhioMeansJobs.com with job descriptions and applications.

“There are always jobs available, so we are doing anything we can to spread the word and get that information to potential job seekers,” said Carol Kern, Co-Chair of the Business Coordinating Committee of the NCOESC BAC and Business Services Consultant with OhioMeansJobs Seneca County.

In addition, the site soon is to feature videos produced to highlight area employers and their workplace culture, showing why people like working there. Events also will be featured on the site, such as hiring events and job fairs relevant to Seneca County residents. A hiring event is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. March 11 at OhioMeansJobs Seneca County, 900 E. CR 20, Tiffin.

For more information, visit Jobs Seneca County’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jobssenecacounty or contact Kern at 419.447.5011 x322 or Carol.Owen@jfs.ohio.gov to also hear about other OhioMeansJobs services, such as resume searches and wage reimbursement programs.

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.

Chamber to present Third annual legislative breakfast

Featuring messages from State Rep. Bill Reineke, Mayor Aaron Montz and Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy

Press release provided by Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services are pleased to announce the Third Annual Legislative Breakfast Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Join Ohio 88th District State Representative Bill Reineke, Mayor Aaron Montz and Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy to hear their annual messages. These will include summaries of 2018 accomplishments and preview of 2019 key initiatives. This will be an informative narrative regarding the State of the City, State of the County, and the State of the 88th District.

The breakfast is 7:30-9 am. at the Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

Cost is $10 per person.  RSVP to (419) 447-4141 or dmartorana@tiffinchamber.com by March 11.  Reservations are firm and must be paid in advance.

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Downtown Tiffin Parking Committee releases parking study

City of Tiffin and Seneca County officially accept document

TIFFIN, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2019 – The Downtown Tiffin Parking Committee released the “Downtown Tiffin Parking Study & Garage Analysis” to the public today, following the official acceptance of the document by Tiffin City Council on February 4, 2019, and by the Seneca County Board of Commissioners on February 14. The document can be found here or at tiffinseneca.org by searching parking study.

The Parking Committee is made up of representatives of the Tiffin City Administration, Tiffin City Council, the Seneca County Commissioners, the Seneca County Auditor, the Clerk of Courts, and the Seneca County Court of Common Pleas and Juvenile/Probate Court, the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, and other stakeholders.

The $19,000 study was commissioned by the Committee in January 2018 and funded equally by the Judges (Common Pleas, Municipal, Juvenile Probate), Seneca County, and the City of Tiffin. It was managed by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and conducted by the Cincinnati-based Gossman Group, who was responsible for both the 2010 Downtown Strategic and 2016 Downtown Growth & Development Plan. The final draft was completed in September, with the Parking Committee reviewing, modifying and finally accepting the document in October. The study was then presented to both Tiffin City Council and the Seneca County Commission in November, was reviewed and then accepted earlier this month. 

Committee Chair and Common Pleas Judge Steve Shuff was complimentary of the finished product: “The needs of our justice system, businesses, government, and events downtown continue to increase, and we need to think about how to meet the short- and long-term needs for parking. This study helps us understand what those needs are and will be in the future.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz concurred: “Our downtown continues to thrive, and we want to ensure that there is enough parking and that people know how to find it, how to access it, and that they are comfortable with it. The study is an important step as we look to address current and future concerns.”

Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas also commented, “I am proud of the spirit of cooperation among downtown stakeholders for funding and completing this study.”

To learn more and access the study, visit tiffinseneca.org.

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.

Audrey Flood named new Development Manager at TSEP

New role to focus on community, small business and rural development

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 1, 2019 – The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is pleased to announce that Audrey Flood has joined the team in the newly created role of Development Manager with a focus on Community, Small Business, and Rural Development. She replaces Katie Lang, Communications Manager, who obtained her real estate license and is now working in the Cleveland area for Howard Hanna. Flood will work part-time beginning February 1 until after she graduates with her Master of Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University in May.

Lang’s departure, combined with the departure last fall of former Development Manager Bryce Riggs, who left to become Associate Director of Development at Tiffin University, provided TSEP with an opportunity to redesign the organization to improve our services to the community and economy. Nick Dutro replaced Riggs and started on January 2, with a focus on commercial and industrial development.

“Audrey is a perfect fit for this position, and we couldn’t be happier she is joining our team,” TSEP President & CEO David Zak said. “She truly loves Tiffin and Seneca County, has a real passion for public and nonprofit work, has already built a solid network of relationships, and gained relevant experience through her work at the Tiffin Community Foundation.”

Flood said she is excited to get started. “After six years in Columbus at Ohio State, I am ecstatic to be moving back to work in my hometown community and I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion for public service with this organization,” she said. “I feel that this position is a perfect way for me to get involved in the extraordinary momentum that Tiffin and Seneca County are experiencing.”

In addition to her work at the Tiffin Community Foundation, she has also worked with the Columbus Police Foundation, State Rep. Bill Reineke, The Columbus Foundation, and Patchworks House. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in public policy and nonprofit studies from The Ohio State University and received an honors diploma from Mohawk High School. During her time as a masters student at Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, she has focused her studies on local government and nonprofits

TSEP Board Chair Lynn Detterman is confident in the new hire. “We are excited that Audrey will be joining the TSEP office as our new development manager, and we know she will help us be a force for good in the Tiffin-Seneca County community,” she said.

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.