Downtown Tiffin wins three state awards

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Downtown Tiffin was presented with three awards by Heritage Ohio at their Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony held Tuesday night at the historic Allen Theater in downtown Cleveland Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

 

Best Public/Private Partnership – Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program

20181023_184818.jpgTiffin building owners have a new reason to love their city, the Facade Enhancement Program. Through this program, the city reimburses 50% of the costs of a project related to the facade of a building within the Architectural Board of Review district, up to $10,000. In its first four years, more than 60 buildings have utilized the program. The Facade Enhancement Grant Program has seen more than $2.2 million reinvested in downtown Tiffin.

The Best Public/Private Partnership Award was created to recognize partnerships between organizations and government, which leverage resources to create a positive lasting impact.

From Joyce Barrett, the executive director of Heritage Ohio: “Tiffin’s grant program shows how a little investment will pay back even greater dividends.”

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart and Tiffin City Councilman Tyler Shuff accepted the award.

 

Young Preservation Leaders – Suzie Reineke and Weston Reinbolt

20181023_190542.jpgSuzie Reineke and Weston Reinbolt have purchased and rehabilitated four historic buildings, which now house 12 lofts and six storefronts in downtown Tiffin. Reineke and Reinbolt prioritize working with local businesses and contractors to further stimulate the local economy.

The Young Preservation Leader Award was created to recognize individuals under 40 that have shown outstanding leadership in revitalizing and preserving Ohio communities. Heritage Ohio’s independent award selection committee was quick to recognize Reineke and Reinbolt.

From Joyce Barrett, the executive director of Heritage Ohio: “Suzie and Weston stood out, because of their accomplishments you might think they were working at this full time, but this is their hobby.”

Suzie’s father, Bill Reineke, accepted the award on Suzie and Westons’ behalf.

 

Main Street Director of the Year – Amy Reinhart

Amy initiated a relationship with Heritage Ohio as soon as she started working for the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (now Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership) back in June of 2014, as she ushered the program through the process of becoming a certified Main Street in 2015. Trained as an architect taking on the implementation of Tiffin’s Facade Enhancement Program was a natural. Under her direction, Tiffin has seen 36 new businesses open in the downtown area. Amy began with eight dedicated volunteers, now more than 50 people have joined the downtown committees. She keeps the big picture in mind while implementing the vision of Tiffin’s strategic plans, while attending to the tiniest of details of their many events. Her contributions to the city of Tiffin have been invaluable.

The Main Street Director of the Year Award was created to celebrate Ohio Main Street executive directors who clearly excel in the services they provide their communities. Heritage Ohio’s independent award selection committee recognized Reinhart’s impact on the Tiffin community.

From Joyce Barrett, the executive director of Heritage Ohio: “Many individuals were considered. We were pleased to receive as many high-quality nominations.”

About Heritage Ohio
As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of local tourism. Learn more by visiting www.heritageohio.org.

Tiffin Pedal Company brings new experience to Tiffin

Tiffin Pedal Co.pngDan Perry announced this week the formation of the Tiffin Pedal Company, a mobile party venue allowing patrons to pedal their way through different tours in Tiffin. The custom-made vehicle, which is powered by bicycle-like pedaling, is expected to hit the streets in April 2019.

The bike seats 14-15 people as well as a provided driver to steer the vehicle. It can be reserved for groups at an hourly rate of $140 (minimum two-hour reservation) or individuals can join mixer tours, reserving a seat for $11 per person per hour. The tours are expected to last an average of 2-3 hours, including stops at different locations, depending on the tour. All food and beverages are BYOB, and tours will include stops at bars, restaurants, retail shops, and places of interest.

Alcohol is allowed on the bike with a couple stipulations. Patrons can each have up to a 36 oz. beer or 18 oz. wine on the bike, in a non-glass container. Tours that might make use of this are bar crawls, bachelor and bachelorette parties, anniversaries, birthdays, and beer/wine tastings. The bike is open to all ages, so long as they meet the height requirement, and can be used in a variety of family friendly activities as well, such as town history tours, ice cream crawls, and kid birthday parties. Groups can decorate the bike to suit their party, and a Bluetooth stereo system will allow them to play their own music. Perry has a list of possible tours and uses for the bike but is always open to suggestions.

Perry is a Tiffin native, where he lives with his family. He is a barber at Champs Barber Shop in downtown Tiffin and a partner in a residential rental business he runs with his brothers.

Look for more information as it develops and/or shoot Dan a message with suggestions on the Tiffin Pedal Company Facebook page. Their website, which will offer online booking, is currently in development.

WSO approved for Sign Enhancement Grant

Washington Street Outfitters has been approved by the Architectural Board of Review for a Sign Enhancement Grant to offset the costs of restoring the signage at their new storefront location, 186 S. Washington St. The approval is the second for the City of Tiffin’s Sign Enhancement Program, which provides 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.

Washington Street Outfitters was approved for a $648.03 grant to restore their perpendicular sign. The application states:

“To maintain the integrity and heritage, the current sign’s structure will be restored. The outer edge will be restored with new aluminum and painted black. The general structure, size, and attachments will remain the same. Lighting will be added above the sign.”

This is the second approval for the program, which was implemented at the beginning of 2018 with an allocation of $10,000. The balance remaining in the fund is now $8,351.97.

Roller skating rink plans Tiffin location

Rolling Thunder announces intentions to close Findlay location, reopen in Tiffin

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TIFFIN, OHIO – October 12, 2018 – Findlay-based roller skating rink Rolling Thunder announced today intentions to close their current location and to work toward opening a new location in Tiffin in late 2018 or early 2019.

Owner Tim Thwaits said he has been looking at the Tiffin market for more than a year and has identified a possible location. “Our research over the last couple years shows that much of our business is from Tiffin and Seneca County. We have the opportunity and the time is right to move our business here and provide a family friendly activity center to the community,” he said.

Rolling Thunder has been a staple of the Findlay-Hancock County community since the end of 2010, providing kids and family entertainment through a skating rink, arcade, birthday party services, as well as skate sales and repair. The same amenities will be offered in the Tiffin location, which is anticipated to be larger than the current Findlay location, allowing for the possibility of a larger rink and/or more entertainment options. Several details have yet to be finalized. The Findlay facility will be closing January 1, 2019 in anticipation of the relocation.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz supports the planned development. “I am pleased that Tim is looking at Tiffin to relocate his operations and the City of Tiffin will do whatever we can to help facilitate the move,” he 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.senecasuccess.com.

UIS Insurance & Investments expands into three new markets

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UIS Insurance & Investments headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio has announced the expansion into three new markets serving Greater Central Ohio.  This fast-growing independently owned insurance and investment agency merged with Diversified Insurance Services in Marion, Forest, and Mount Gilead. Scott Dickey of the UIS management team said “We are an ideal fit for each other. UIS brings strong companies that expand Diversified’s appetite in the insurance market. Diversified brings us a strong work ethic and fantastic customer service in thriving locations.”

Diversified Insurance Services has been in business since 1984 with offices operating in Forest, Marion, and Mount Gilead.  Diversified agency principle Dan Downs said, “This day has been in the making for over two years and we are extremely pleased with the merger which is perfect for Diversified Insurance as well as our employees and valued customers.”

UIS CEO & President, Mitch Felton said “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Dan and his team to the UIS family. Diversified’s strong commitment to health, ancillary health products, commercial & personal business, is a perfect match with how we serve our clients.”

UIS Insurance & Investments, formerly United Insurance Service, has over 100 employees and agents now serving 16 communities in Ohio and Michigan. UIS provides personal, commercial and benefits insurance for individuals and corporations throughout the country.

Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers celebrate 50 years with open house

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Fremont, Ohio:  Vanguard Sentinel Career and Technology Centers will be hosting a public open house event on their Fremont campus located at 1306 Cedar Street on Sunday, October 14th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to celebrate 50 years of career technical education.  The district first opened on September 9, 1968 and over the past 50 years has grown into an award winning school district that focuses on teaching skilled trades for in demand careers.  As part of the celebration, Kayleen McCabe, host of DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation and vocational advocate, will be sharing her perspective about the importance of a skilled workforce and multiple paths to success.

“We are confident that Ms. McCabe will not only be informative, but inspirational about the importance of career technical education and the endless career opportunities available with skilled trades” explains Greg Edinger, Superintendent.  “Her energy is contagious and she is the perfect person to help us celebrate 50 years and to spread the message that what we do as a district is just as relevant today as it was in 1968.”

In addition to Kayleen McCabe speaking and leading an interactive demonstration, other activities will also take place during the open house for visitors to enjoy and include:

  • A Parade of Stars will highlight district Hall of Fame members and National Career Tech Service Organization gold medal winners since 1968.
  • An all class reunion where all district alumni are invited to network with fellow alumni and sign in to represent their graduation year.
  • Career tech programs will offer hands on activities for all to enjoy including hand massages, do-it-yourself craft and art projects, drone flight simulators, and much more!
  • Building Tours will provide guests an opportunity to explore campus and see how it has changed and grown since 1968.
  • A Staff Meet & Greet will allow the community and alumni to share thanks and appreciation for district staff who have made an impact.

A full schedule of events with detailed information can be found at www.vsctc.org.

Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers invites everyone to come out and enjoy this event whether it is to reminisce about their time as a student or to learn about all that we offer to the community.  A full schedule of events can be found at www.vsctc.org.

Bascom Communications Named Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

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Arlington, Va., (9/27/18)Bascom Communications Inc. was today recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America, as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in the Bascom and surrounding communities.

As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, Bascom Communications joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. Bascom Communications also received tools to promote itself as a Gig-Capable Provider in the Seneca County and will be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website, and during association conferences and events.

“I applaud Bascom Communications for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances small, community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “By building a gigabit-capable network, Bascom has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speed to enable cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their communities, region and nationwide.”

To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.

More information about the NTCA Gig-Capable Provider certification program is available at www.ntca.org/gigcertified.

About Bascom Communications
Bascom Communications is a progressive cooperative that continues to be a technological and service leader in the area since they were formed in 1906. Bascom Communications is made up of four companies, Bascom Mutual Telephone Co., Bascom Advanced Services, Inc., BTC Multimedia, LLC, and Bascom Cellular, Inc. All of their wired customers, business and residential, have a fiber optic connection directly into their premises from a local and caring provider. Bascom Communications offers high quality telephone service, Fiber TV, Accelerate high-speed Internet access, security and personal home safety, Ethernet transport, Wireless Internet with LTE, along with many other services to make your communications experience enjoyable, easy, and affordable. Their Accelerate Full Throttle Gigabit service was the first in Northwest Ohio when launched in May of 2017. They continue to broaden their profile and reach to be able to offer the most to their customers now and into the future. Visit them at
www.bascomtelephone.com.

About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of transformative technological advancements, regulatory challenges and marketplace competition, NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development, e-commerce, health care, agriculture, and education and contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy each year. Visit us at www.ntca.org.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz receives “20 Under 40” Leadership Recognition Award

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Toledo, Ohio, September 25, 2018 – Aaron Montz, Mayor of the City of Tiffin, received a 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award on Monday, September 24 at the 23nd annual 20 Under 40 ceremony.  He was selected from a record number of 255 candidates.

Montz was elected to Tiffin City Council in 2007 at age 22. In 2011 at age 26, he was elected Mayor, becoming the youngest Mayor in Tiffin’s history. He was re-elected in 2015 with slightly over 85% of the vote, the highest percentage of any challenged campaign in Tiffin’s history. During his tenure, the unemployment rate has dropped from 9.9% to 3.9, and Tiffin has ranked in the top 10% of nearly 600 micropolitans nationwide each year by site selection magazine.

He founded and served as president of the Seneca County Young Professionals, an organization that has grown from 3 to 130.  He formed a “Student Advisory Council” comprised of students from both Tiffin University and Heidelberg University to provide feedback and lend assistance to make Tiffin more of a college town.

In 2017, Montz received the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation’s President’s Award. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, and serves as president of Northwest Ohio Mayors and Mangers Association.

He serves on the board of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation, Seneca Regional Planning commission, Seneca County Young  Professionals, Tiffin downtown Development, and is the Seneca County Director on the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.

Montz earned a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Political Science from Heidelberg University.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selects the 20 candidates for recognition.  It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area. Since 1996, 460 young, community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program.

Program sponsors include Eastman & Smith; Fifth Third Bank; Plante Moran; The Andersons, Inc.; University of Toledo Alumni Association and Sauder Woodworking Co.  The Toledo Business Journal serves as the media partner, Leadership Toledo serves as the community partner and The Creative Block is the website partner.  Community support is provided by EPIC Toledo, The Toledo Symphony, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Opera, Toledo Zoo, Ulrich Pinciotti and the Valentine Theatre.

Terra receives grant for renovation, leadership and entrepreneurial center

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Fremont, Ohio, September 7, 2018 – Through the Terra College Foundation, Terra State Community College has received a grant for nearly $288,000 from the United State Department of Agriculture in the form of a Rural Business Development Grant.  The funds will be used to renovate the first floor of the General Technologies Building for the new home of the Kern Center, as well as the Board Room on the second floor.

Additionally, a new leadership and entrepreneurial center will be created.  The new center will focus on area businesses, manufacturers, health care providers and their employees that want to advance to supervisory positions and need leadership training.  The center will be the first of its kind for community colleges in Ohio and will possibly open early next year.

Other updates to the building will be the addition of charging stations and computers for internet/email access in the atrium, new furniture for all rooms and teleconferencing capabilities.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, commuter college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

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SIEDC becomes the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Logo CMYKTIFFIN, OHIO – September 24, 2018 – Effective today, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp (SIEDC) is now the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.

Following the completion of the community branding initiative in the spring of this year, the board of directors discussed whether the time was right to revise the organization’s name. Although everyone agreed that SIEDC has been a successful and well-known organization locally, more than eighty percent felt some changes could be made. A member and public survey was issued to get feedback, and more than a hundred people provided feedback that resulted in the final decision. The board voted unanimously to move forward with the name last month.

“The new name better reflects our geographic area, clarifies the purpose of the organization, and stresses the collaboration of the community,” said Chair Lynn Detterman.

President & CEO David Zak agreed, saying “The name provides more clarity to those who are unfamiliar with the community, including developers, as it is more location specific and better aligns with the current naming conventions of other economic development organizations.

“It also shows are close collaboration with both the City of Tiffin and all of Seneca County, while broadening our scope to include not just traditional economic development, but also downtown and community development, all of which drives economic growth.”

The new name is effective immediately and will be reflected in changes to existing materials such as the website, organizational email addresses, letterhead and other collateral, and implemented on new materials produced in the future.

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.