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Seneca County in Top 10 for economic development in US

site-selection-magazine-march-2017Earns second such ranking in four years

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 2, 2017 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Seneca County has again placed in the top ten nationally on Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects – placing tenth out of the 576 micropolitans in the US for the honor. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

This is the sixth year in a row that the Tiffin micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally and the fifth year for ranking in the top ten percent. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs, or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area. Six Seneca County projects qualified for Site Selection, including expansions at Arnold Machine, Church and Dwight, Owens Corning, Tiffin Metal Products, Poet Energy, and Mennel Milling.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz cited partnership as a driver of economic development for the county. “Having the city, county and economic development organizations in sync plays a key role in keeping us at the top of development, expansion, investment and employment,” he said. Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “We are pleased with the economic development progress we see going on in Fostoria and in Seneca County. This is a great honor.” Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner agreed: “Throughout the county we are seeing record growth in all sectors. The climate for all business and overall quality of life improves with each addition.”

This year, Ohio ranked as the number two state for development projects and the entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay taking the number one micropolitan slot, Defiance tying with Seneca County for tenth, and Toledo ranking seventh in its division. “Northwest Ohio has built incredible momentum over the past few years,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo. “National recognition is a testament to the fact that the region is an excellent area to locate or expand a business and to the hard work of our partners in economic development as well as public officials.”

A press release from Site Selection magazine and a complete list of the top 100 micro- and metropolitans is can be found here and more information can be found at siteselection.com.

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.

Regional Growth Partnership shares investment, job numbers for region

RGP-Annual-Report-2015-Final_Page_01The Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) recently released their annual report for 2016, showing significant growth in both jobs and investment in Northwest Ohio. The report described nearly $2 billion in capital investment with more than 4,300 new jobs created and 17,000+ retained.

RGP serves as the lead economic development organization in Northwest Ohio with a primary focus of attracting new jobs and capital investment to this region. With that, the RGP, in collaboration with its partners across Northwest Ohio, established record highs for the region in terms of jobs and investment last year.

 

Advanced Manufacturing generated more than 1,800 new jobs with $279 million of capital investment for the region in 2015. Major projects included First Solar (259 new jobs) and 20/20 Custom Molded plastics ($17 million investment).

The Energy industry is also growing rapidly with more than $940 million in capital investments last year. Renewable energy is a driving force in investment; the city of Clyde broke ground on a $5 million solar field and Whirlpool in Findlay broke ground on an $18 million wind farm.

Business is also booming on the international front. Northwest Ohio is currently home to 160 foreign-owned companies, employing more than 30,000 people. Foreign businesses invested $160 million in Northwest Ohio, creating 700 new jobs. Last year, RGP visited with consultants and companies in Germany, Japan, China, Canada. They also made two domestic trips with an international focus and assisted 40 regional companies with export efforts.

These are just a few highlights of the RGP report. View the full report here.

 

Bo Reid Memorial Baseball Tournament set for this weekend

The 11th Annual Bo Reid Memorial Baseball Tournament will take place this weekend with free events planned Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26. This year also features 24 youth baseball teams from Northwest Ohio and special guest, actor and author Dwier Brown.

The weekend kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with Dwier Brown speaking at the Ritz Theatre, followed by a free screening of Field of Dreams, the award-winning baseball film in which Brown plays Kevin Costner’s father. On Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park, the tournament will begin when Dwier Brown throws out the first pitch at 8:45 a.m. There will also be activities for children and a screening of the film, Mom and Dad Save the World. The tournament resumes Sunday with the championship games and a trophy ceremony.

Dwier Brown will be also be signing copies of his critically acclaimed memoir, “If You Build It… A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams,” on Friday and Saturday.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday – Ritz Theatre

  • 7 p.m. – Dwier Brown
  • 7:30 p.m. – Field of Dreams showing
  • 9 p.m. – Q&A with Dwier Brown

Saturday – Hedges-Boyer Park

  • 8:45 a.m. – First pitch – Dwier Brown
  • 9 a.m. – Tournament begins
  • 10 a.m. – Bouncing inflatables, slides, play area
  • 12 p.m. – Dwier Brown speaks
  • 12:30 p.m. – Mom and Dad Save the World screening

Sunday – Hedges-Boyer Park

  • 9 a.m. – Championship games
  • 7 p.m. – Trophy ceremony

All proceeds from the tournament are to be donated to the Robert ‘Bo’ Reid Memorial Fund, managed by the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, to benefit Tiffin Park and Recreation.