Tiffin Ohio

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.

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.

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.

Tiffin University welcomes largest class ever

+ Kirk Courtyard hands IMG_0867Despite the fact college enrollment is in decline for the sixth straight year in the U.S., Tiffin University welcomed over 520 first-time students to its campus this fall.  This year’s class is one of the largest in the University’s 130-year history. In fact, this year’s 450-member class of first-time, first-year domestic students is the largest incoming class in the institution’s history.

New students hail from 26 states, ranging from California to New York to Florida; and new International students from New Zealand and Bolivia increase the number of countries currently represented on Tiffin’s campus to 27.

“The cultural exchange between domestic and international students is critical to us; it moves our initiative of Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness (CCU) to a commitment that prepares our students for success in a diverse world,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “This commitment strengthens understanding and acceptance of each other while sharpening the student’s competitive edge. TU’s commitment is to ensure that every student, regardless of major field of study, graduates with a set of relevant, globally diverse competencies that allow them to hit the ground running. That is what sets TU apart from many other institutions.”

With over 50 degree-granting programs that are focused on linking knowledge to professional practice, TU provides a transformative education both in and out of the classroom. Students prepare for the real-world with internships and experiential learning, on-campus work and special class projects. TU’s faculty carry advanced degrees, but their on-the-job perspective and experience make them subject matter experts.

Tiffin University’s integrated enrollment process has increased the recruitment footprint, including an added emphasis on international student recruitment,” said Dr. Jeremy Marinis, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management.

Press release above provided by Tiffin University.

Tiffin University has been on a steady track of growth in recent years, in not only its enrollment but also in program offerings, sports, and improvements to the campus. Below are some of the recent news stories about the university.

Heidelberg University ranks nationally

Heidelberg University LogoThis week, Heidelberg University was once again among the top colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national survey, ranked at #58 in Regional Universities Midwest (up from #60 last year) and at #30 in Best Value Schools.

“In recent years, Heidelberg has taken important steps to become more contemporary and more relevant for our students,” said President Rob Huntington.  “We have sharpened our focus on the needs and priorities identified in our Academic Strategic Initiatives for Improvement Plan as we also continue to enhance our co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings and resources to ensure our students are successful.

A combination of innovative, new programs – including the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, new academic majors, minors and tracks, the HYPE Career Ready® Program and the PlusOne Advantage® Free MBA set Heidelberg apart and give students great opportunities and big advantages to prepare for successful careers and great lives lived purposefully and with distinction, Huntington said.

Heidelberg was also recently ranked by College Consensus, a ranking website combining the latest results in the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores from around the web to produce an aggregate score, as one of the 25 Best Colleges in Ohio.

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First Sign Enhancement Grant approved

The Ritz Theatre to upgrade marquee/signage

Ritz Sign.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – August 29, 2018 – The Architectural Board of Review has approved the first Sign Enhancement Grant in the amount of $1,000 for improvements to the marquee of The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

Ritz Theatre Executive Director Michael Strong said the grant will help alleviate the costs of restoring the signage of the historic theater. “It is imperative that we retain the historic nature of the theater even as we update technology in the lighting,” he said. “This grant helps make it more affordable to make the appropriate changes the right way.”

The Ritz Theatre is the first project approved for a Sign Enhancement Grant since it was implemented by the City of Tiffin at the beginning of 2018. The grant is 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. The Ritz was awarded $1,000 to replace and upgrade the lighting of their sign, marquee and “downlight” to the long-life and cost-saving LED equivalents while retaining the vintage look of the signage.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I am pleased to see The Ritz Theatre taking advantage of the program and I encourage any other downtown business looking to upgrade their signage to apply.”

The Sign Enhancement Grant is available through the end of 2018. For more information about the program, contact Downtown Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

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.

Downtown building to be renovated, business to relocate

Seneca Cleaners moving to S. Monroe St.

Seneca Cleaners.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – August 28, 2018 – Business owners Dale and Paula Depew will be renovating 50 S. Monroe St., with plans to move Seneca Cleaners there in 2019.

Depew said he had wanted someone to develop the building, which has been vacant for 14 years, and took it on himself when the opportunity arose. “I have confidence in the Tiffin economy and downtown revitalization, and I want to be a part of it,” he said.

Depew plans to renovate the 4,100 square foot building and separate the space into three units. One will house Seneca Cleaners, and include a pick-up window for quick service, while the other two units will be available for lease. The building also includes dedicated parking.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz looks forward to continued development in the downtown area. “Coming on the heels of the riverfront development project announcement, this renovation will serve to further enhance the area and return to use a vacant building that has been long overdue for restoration,” he said.

During the renovation process, Seneca Cleaners is open and working out of a space in the eastern part of the Tiffin Mall (adjacent to the former JC Penney store) at 870 W. Market St.

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.

Washington Street Outfitters to relocate, expand

WSO moves to 186 S. Washington St.

IMG_6897.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – August 27, 2018 – Downtown boutique Washington Street Outfitters will be moving to a new location this fall. The storefront space at 186 S. Washington St. will provide the shop room to expand their product offerings and selection.

Owners Zoe Dolch and Spenser Blackiston are looking forward to providing a better experience for their customers. “The new space has the right aesthetic, gives us a larger area to work with, more storage in the back room, better ease of access, and more readily available parking, as well as a more visual storefront,” Dolch said.

WSO got their start through the Laird Business Contest. Dolch and Blackistan submitted their business plan and competed with six other entrepreneurs to win one year of free rent for a space in the Laird Arcade, courtesy of the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group.

“The Laird allowed us to get on our feet and learn,” Dolch said. “We are thankful for the opportunity and experience, and we are ready to take what we’ve learned and use it on a larger scale.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated the pair on their success. “With Washington Street Outfitters, Zoe and Spenser have proven that their concept works in downtown Tiffin and that young entrepreneurs can thrive here,” he said.

WSO is still open at their current location inside the Laird Arcade Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for more information and updates.

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.