Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Sandco Industries opening Tiffin office

New office to be located in Laird Building

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 5, 2019 – Sandco Industries, a local life and work opportunity enhancement organization based in Clyde, has announced the opening of a new office in the historic Laird Arcade Building to better serve the Tiffin community. The office will have a variety of staff who are to be set up by Aug. 15, but Sandco is seeking referrals now. Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership aided with the search for a new office.

Sandco Industries is a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited, private non-profit company that offers services to individuals with disabilities by providing volunteer opportunities, access to club memberships and planning outings such as: sporting events and various community activities. Sandco also provides placement for hourly and piece-rate jobs. Established in 1963, Sandco focuses on its mission “to provide meaningful, integrated life and work opportunities while also providing high quality and cost competitive products for our customers.”

“We already have a presence in the Tiffin market, and we look forward to continuing to grow that and provide opportunities for employers and our clients in Seneca County,” said Megan Craun, CEO of Sandco Industries.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz thanked Craun for making the decision to expand into the Tiffin market. “I’m happy to see an organization like Sandco choosing to make its place in Tiffin and in the Downtown.”  

Ty Shuff of Shuff Consulting assisted Sandco in finding their new home in Downtown Tiffin. “I’m excited to have them be part of the community and hope they find success in the Tiffin market.”

For more information, call program coordinator Brittany Stiltner at (419) 547-3273 x104 or visit www.sandcoind.com.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow,” with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin. In 2014, the downtown organization became part of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development, now Tiffin-Seneca Economic Development. In 2015, Downtown Tiffin became an accredited Main Street Community through Heritage Ohio and achieved national accreditation in 2017. For more information, click here.

City of Tiffin receives OSS grant for box planters

25 recycled-material planters placed in downtown

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 20, 2019 – The City of Tiffin recently was the recipient of an Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District grant for 25 self-watering, recycled, black box planters. The planters were recently placed in the downtown, replacing the decades-old planters that previously were there.

The total order for the planters was $11,527, of which $5,388 was funded by the OSS Competitive Funding Grant program and the City of Tiffin Shade Tree Commission supplied the remainder. The grant is used to educate the public on the benefits of recycling. The planters were made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works installed the new planters in the early spring and volunteers have signed up to maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that OSS has helped us replace our old, deteriorated planters with these new models that allow us to continue to invest in the beatification of downtown 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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

Architectural Board of Review approves façade grant to replace roof

The Renaissance awarded $10,000 for project

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 19, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the roof of The Renaissance. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

Building owner ReinX3 LLC requested $10,000 for the project at 27 S. Washington St. to be used to replace the rubber roof, add insulation and repair chimneys and exposed brick walls on the roof. The project is estimated to cost about $34,419.

With this project, the total amount spent for 2019 is $23,160.53 of the available $100,000. In January, the ABR approved grants for an apartment complex at 269 S. Washington St. and updates to the law offices at 27 Court St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m glad to see more building owners take advantage of this program to beautify Downtown Tiffin,” he said.

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager AmyReinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it before approval. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 68 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement ProgramThis City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit http://www.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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.

Counseling center to locate in downtown Tiffin

Higher Ground Counseling Center sets April 1 opening date

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 13, 2019 – Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Lea Frank has announced that she is opening a new counseling center in downtown Tiffin April 1. Frank, owner/proprietor of Higher Ground Counseling Center, 205 S. Washington St., is to offer clinical counseling for mostly people ages 17 and older. She can diagnose and treat emotional and mental disorders, including depression and anxiety and offers marriage counseling, Christian counseling and other services. In August, Frank is to get intensive training in EMDR therapy, eye-movement-desensitization and reprocessing, to help those who have suffered from trauma.

“I just never really felt the push to do my own thing until it fell into place over the last 3 months,” Frank said. “I’m excited to start my own business and downtown Tiffin felt like the perfect location.”

Frank has been an independently licensed clinical counselor since 1995. She worked at Heidelberg University part time for 23 years, partnered that with working at private practice Corner Stone in Bellevue and then was with New Transitions in Tiffin for about 10 years. Most recently, she has been working at Tiffin University as a counselor since 2015.

Higher Ground Counseling Center was approved for the first Sign Enhancement Grant of 2019, receiving $1,000 toward a new sign for the business. It builds on the momentum of other businesses in the healthcare field coming into downtown Tiffin including MK Counseling and Consulting and Reser Chiropractic.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement. “It’s wonderful to have so many businesses making downtown Tiffin their home.”

Clients can schedule sessions by calling (567) 220-6055 or email lfrank@highergroundcc.com for more information. To learn more about available services, visit highergroundcc.com.

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.

2019 TSEP Award Winners

The TSEP Awards are presented each year at the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year’s meeting was March 7, 2019 and the following six awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.

Seneca County ranks 14th nationally for economic development

Community ranked in top 20 for seven years

TIFFIN, OHIO – MARCH 4, 2019 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. announced today that Seneca County has placed No. 14 nationally in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects 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 seventh year in a row that the Tiffin-Seneca micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally; last year Seneca County was ranked No. 10. 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.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was very pleased with the result. “This national ranking shows that Tiffin continues to be a great place for business to locate and grow. We are proud to be recognized again by Site Selection Magazine.” Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “I’m proud that Fostoria and Seneca County continue to be a great place to do business.” Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas added: “I’m happy to see Seneca County place nationally for business development. I want to thank everyone involved in our shared success.”

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 taking the eight spot, Fremont-Sandusky placing 19, and Toledo ranking third in its metropolitan division.

“There are (576) micropolitians in the United states of America. … Of the 18 communities (in Ohio) that ranked on the list, five were right here in Northwest Ohio. This is a feat that few other regions in the country can match,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of RGP Northwest Ohio in Toledo, the regional economic development organization for Northwest Ohio.

More information can be found at siteselection.com.

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.

About the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

Established in 1956 as the Fostoria Community Industrial Association, the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Fostoria and surrounding area in Hancock, Wood, and Seneca Counties, which consistently rank among the top counties nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Fostoria at www.fostoriaedc.org.

Nick Dutro named development manager of TSEP

Dutro brings 10 years of community experience

IMG_2639TIFFIN, OHIO – December 9, 2018 – The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is pleased to announce that after a three-month, national search, Nick Dutro has been hired for the position of development manager. Dutro is a Tiffin resident and brings 10 years of experience at The Advertiser-Tribune, working with community members, leaders and companies. Dutro will begin January 2, 2019.

The selection was the result of an extensive three-month recruitment process. “We spent several months doing our due diligence, narrowing a field of 38 applicants to find the right candidate for the role,” TSEP President & CEO David Zak said. “We are very excited to have Nick on board and look forward to working with him on the many active development projects and initiatives in Tiffin and Seneca County.”

Dutro is eager to get started. “Seneca County has been home for most of my life. I look forward to working with the team at TSEP on the frontlines to continue to grow this wonderful community,” he said.

Nick Dutro has been employed as an award-winning journalist and editor with The Advertiser-Tribune (Tiffin, Ohio) and The Northern Review (Ada, Ohio) since 2005, with additional experience in online and in-person sales. In his role at The Advertiser-Tribune, Dutro developed strong working relationships with government officials and business leaders, and the economic momentum of the past few years, along with projects like the “Road to Resurgence”–a 30-page look back at our community’s growth since the turn of the century (2000-2015)–fueled his interest in and passion for economic development. A graduate of Ohio Northern University, Dutro also successfully participated in Leadership Seneca County in 2011.

TSEP Board Chair Lynn Detterman is confident in the outcome of the search. “We are excited about TSEP’s selection of Nick Dutro as our next development manager, and we know he will help us make a positive difference 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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

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.