Tiffin Ohio projects

Bascom Communications announces $1.7 million investment

Extends high-speed services south and east of Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 27, 2019 – Bascom Communications of Bascom, Ohio, has announced an investment of $1.7 million into their fiber and fixed wireless services for 2019, bringing their two-year total investment to $2.8 million. These investments have helped Bascom extend services to customers south and east of Tiffin who previously were not able to get high-speed internet.

Some of the upgrades were possible due to the company’s investment in the fiber communications system that improves the reliability of communications among the dispatch centers at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Tiffin and Fostoria police departments and the emergency operations center at the Public Safety Building. In March 2018, Seneca County signed a 20-year, $719,000 lease on several strands of the company’s fiber ring to create a private network for the county.

“There’s a need out there and that’s what we’re trying to hit,” said Nate Brickner, General Manager/CEO of Bascom Communications. “We are a rural company, and we’ve always tried to do our part to close the rural-urban divide.”

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 members’ homes and businesses and in 2018, they became a certified gig-capable provider by NTCA. Bascom Communications was the recipient of the Outstanding Business Award at the TSEP 2019 Annual Meeting March 7, 2019.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Shayne Thomas congratulated Bascom Communications on this investment. “It is great to see a local company continuing to invest in Seneca County. They have been a great partner for the county.”

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.

Health Partners of Western Ohio investing more than $2 million in Tiffin

New Tiffin Community Health Center opens

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 19, 2019 – After four years of operating out of rented spaces in Tiffin, Tiffin Community Health Center recently completed the renovation of 1344 W. Seneca Ave. and started offering services there July 1. The facility houses primary care physicians covering pediatrics to geriatrics, a dentist office with pediatric care and counseling. An on-site pharmacy is to be open in five weeks.

Tiffin Community Health Center is a federally qualified health center operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio. The facility underwent a $2.2 million investment in renovations and equipment purchases. It is one of 18 such facilities in Northwest Ohio, and the sixth dental clinic operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio.

The center accepts all forms of insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and works with uninsured patients to provide services on a sliding fee scale. It primarily serves people living below 200 percent of the poverty level and works with patients to ensure their medical and mental health needs are being met.

Janis Sunderhaus, CEO of Health Partners of Western Ohio said: “When it comes to a person’s health, we don’t feel like we can take care of one thing without taking care of everything. We hope to achieve that at this new facility, which is the endgame of years of looking for the right place in Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The City of Tiffin thanks Health Partners of Western Ohio for making this investment in the Tiffin community, and we hope they continue to grow and provide services to our citizens.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (419) 455-8140 or visit http://tiffin.hpwohio.org.

About Health Partners of Western Ohio

Established in 2003, Health Partners of Western Ohio, a federally qualified health center system providing medical, dental, behavioral health, dispensing pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, and chiropractic care at 18 locations in Northwest Ohio. Its mission is to eliminate gaps in health outcomes for all members of our community by providing access to quality, affordable, preventive and primary health care. In 2018, it was named a national quality leader by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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.

City of Tiffin launches housing survey

Study enters next phase as city faces housing shortage

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 19, 2019 – The City of Tiffin and the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership announce today that they have officially opened an online housing survey to determine the market demand for housing. The survey is part of a City-funded study to determine what kind of housing is most needed and to attract developers to create that product. The survey can be found at tiffinsurvey.com and is expected to be open for until the end of April.

Understanding from local realtors and newcomers to the community that the housing supply has not been able to meet the current demand, the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership convened a committee of local realtors, builders, mortgage lenders, city council and administration members and plans were put together to interview multiple research firms. Dublin, Ohio-based DiSalvo Development Advisors was selected and hired at the end of last year.

The first phase of the study has unofficially revealed that there are about 60 homes for sale in the Tiffin market, and a recent apartment survey of 19 projects and more than 800 units showed there were just 3 vacancies. That is a 0.4 percent vacancy rate, compared to a healthy market which is considered 5 percent vacancy. The survey is the next step in the study process. It will be marketed to the general public, and TSEP will be working with local employers to distribute to their employees.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he welcomes the findings that the survey may bring. “My office regularly gets requests about housing needs within the city. We hope that the information gathered from this study can be used to sell Tiffin to developers for commercial projects and new housing opportunities. It’s a key part of our overall community and economic development strategy.”

Questions in the survey range from the types of home people are interested, prices and locations within the Tiffin area they would be interested in relocating to. In addition, there are questions related to the types of businesses that people would like to see in 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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

Tiffin Elks building to receive façade enhancement

Elks LodgeElks Lodge is the fifth Façade Enhancement project of 2015

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 21, 2015 – During a meeting this afternoon, the Architectural Board of Review approved the Tiffin Elks Lodge #94 at 106 East Perry Street for a Façade Enhancement Grant. This will be the fifth façade enhancement project of 2015.

Updates to the building’s exterior will include the installation of windows on the Jefferson Street side of the building, where the original windows have been boarded up, and the painting of the balcony and front façade. The cost of the upgrades is estimated at $6,300, with half of that reimbursed by a Façade Enhancement Grant.

Joe Steinmetz, Exalted Ruler of the Tiffin Elks, is excited about the project. “The lodge is important to our organization, and this grant is going to help us restore the structure and keep the building looking great.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is happy to see another positive change downtown due to the Façade Enhancement Program. “The Elks Lodge is a historic part of Tiffin and I am glad that they are able to use the grant program to revitalize the building’s look.”

According to local historian John Huss, the contract for the Elks Lodge construction was given to Emil Converse of Massillon for $30,000 in June 1914. The building was designed by local architect George Netcher, who also designed the Tiffin Knights of Columbus building, and was described by a local newspaper as the “acme of architectural perfection.” Several thousand people toured the facility at an open house held after construction was completed in June 1915.

 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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

SIEDC to host Downtown Summit

2014_04_15-town-center-signEvent features updates on downtown development and a panel discussion

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) will hold its Downtown Summit on Wednesday, May 6, from 4:30-8:15 p.m. at Heidelberg University’s Great Hall. The event will begin with a meet and greet, followed by a project review and updates by SIEDC and the Planning Team. Distinguished speakers will also present on topics relevant to downtown Tiffin, followed by a panel discussion.

The topics covered will include town and gown, placemaking and transportation.

Tiffin’s downtown is anchored by two universities that play a dynamic role in the local economy. Town and Gown describes economic strategies for partnerships that foster local development as well as community relationships through college and city collaboration. Examples of how educational institutions have boosted downtown development will provide inspiration for Tiffin, The Education Community.

Placemaking is the driving concept behind current best practices in downtown planning. It is an approach based on connecting people to place by creating inviting, dynamic spaces. Great placemaking is the result of coordinated planning, urban design, visioning, implementation and management efforts that capitalize on a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential and market opportunities. Simply put, placemaking is creating environments that promote peoples’ health, happiness and well-being.

Complete transportation systems integrate parking, bike lanes, sidewalks, and traffic calming concept elements into roadways to create safe, vibrant corridors. Converting one-way streets into two-ways may also enhance pedestrian safety and revitalize downtown economic vitality by reducing traffic speeds and providing more direct access to destinations. Methods to enhance transportation systems will be discussed in the context of downtown Tiffin.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. To RSVP for the event click here, or contact Bryce Riggs at 419.889.3932 or riggs@senecacounty.org no later than April 29, 2015.

 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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Seneca County in top 5% for economic development

1303CoverBIGWhen I was exploring various communities, something struck me about Tiffin and Seneca County – its economic development success. It’s a very well-kept secret, but it’s pretty amazing. There are 576 Micropolitan Statistical Areas (or “Micropolitans”) in the US, which are urban areas (counties) around a city of 10,000 to 49,999 in population–which is exactly what Seneca County, Ohio is.

Also, every year, these micropolitans compete for economic development bragging rights by sending in their large private investment projects to Site Selection Magazine. Site Selection then racks and stacks each micropolitan and releases in their March issue the top 100 (20%) nationally in terms of the number of projects. In order to qualify, a project must involve (a) 50 or more new employees, (b) 20,000 or more new square feet of space, or (c) $1 million in investment.

So, here’s the amazing part. For seven of the last ten years, Seneca County has ranked in the top 100 (the top 20%) across the country. And last year, it tied for 30th, putting it among the strongest 5% nationally. This is great news and is a testament to the county’s economic growth, the great businesses here, the community’s support of business, and the great job Rich Focht and Karen Bowers did at SIEDC (my organization). The table below is from the March 2013 edition of Site Selection, in particular the article on micropolitans.

The four projects for 2012 for Seneca County were as follows (source: Ohio’s Private Investment Survey 2012):

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