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Downtown Tiffin wins Heritage Ohio Award

SIEDC, Chamber, universities recognized for Around the Town event

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 18, 2017 –  The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) Downtown Marketing Committee and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services received the Heritage Ohio Award for “Best Main Street Committee Event” for the annual Around the Town event in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse October 17.

Around the Town is an annual event introducing incoming Heidelberg and Tiffin University students to businesses and organizations in the community. For 20 years, the event was held on the colleges’ respective campuses. In 2015, the Chamber partnered with the Downtown Marketing Committee through SIEDC and event was brought to a central location downtown, bringing both schools together and highlighting the proximity of downtown to the students.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the partnership and stressed the importance of downtown revitalization efforts. “Around the Town is a wonderful event bringing together the college students and the community,” he said. “It is great to see our community organizations working together, and our commitment to the Main Street downtown approach paying off.”

Tiffin officially became a Heritage Ohio Main Street community in 2016, after two years of affiliate membership. The Ohio Main Street Program works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. The program works on a four-point approach emphasizing, organization, design, promotions and marketing, and economic development in downtown revitalization.

About Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage. Formed in 1989, is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program. In 2002, Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heritage Ohio mission is to help people: save the places that matter, building community, and live better. Learn more at www.heritageohio.org.

Many communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The awards recognize the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of people, businesses, and organizations across the state. The Selection Committee reported an increased level of quality in nominations, awarding 16 categories at this year’s event.

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.

TU and TCS partner to pave student success

TU logoPress release provided by Tiffin University.

Tiffin University and Tiffin City Schools will partner in the Graduate Pathway to Success program, leading students to high-demand, high-quality employment opportunities upon graduation.

The partnership enables students to take college courses that will lead to the completion of 36 to 48 college credits. High-demand, high-quality fields including computer information systems software development, cyber-defense, supply chain management, and general education will be offered. Through a structured pathway, students will take courses starting their freshman year of high school and continue in their intended major through their senior year.

Students and families who participate can save $28,000 to $36,000 in college tuition.

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Tiffin City Schools will advise students in the career field of their choosing. According to TCS Superintendent Gary Barber, students need the same core of academic skills whether they enroll in a traditional two-or four-year institution, enter a post-secondary technical program or apprenticeship, go directly into the military, or enter into the workforce following graduation.

“These pathways can become life-changers for our students and families,” Barber said. “Information Technology and Cyber-Defense will be two of the most sought after professions from 2016-2026. Giving our students access to these opportunities is our obligation. Having a great partner in Tiffin University can help make this a reality. This will be amazing.”

Tiffin University’s Provost Peter Holbrook says, “Our partnership with Tiffin Columbian High School provides creative pathways for students to earn college and high school credit at the same time. It allows students an exclusive opportunity to explore career options early while earning college credit in high school. This will reduce not only the time it takes to earn a degree, but also the cost of a college education. Joining forces with Tiffin City Schools to educate our young people will allow TU yet another opportunity to build the economic development and capacity of Seneca County, Ohio.”

More information will be presented to students at a parent meeting in December.

To learn more information about Tiffin University and the Graduate Pathway to Success program, call Amy Wood at 419.448.3372 or email woodar@tiffin.edu

Tiffin awarded $1.6M grant for streetscape project

City of Tiffin LogoMiami Street improvements slated for 2018

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 3, 2017 – The City of Tiffin has received funding for the reconstruction of Miami Street through the Ohio Department of Transportation Small Cities Program, up to $1,636,850, which covers 95% of the $1,723,000 streetscaping project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is looking forward to beginning the project. “This is a long overdue project that will increase the safety of the road as well as beautify the area,” he said. “The City of Tiffin continues to apply for grants like the Small Cities Program to continue improving our infrastructure while easing the burden on taxpayers.”

The proposed work consists of road reconstruction, new curbs, sidewalks, and lighting, over an approximate length of 2000 feet on Miami Street, from Nelson Street to just east of Clay Street, where the previous project terminated.

This will be a cooperative project with Tiffin University, which will be paying a proportionate share of the local contribution, and covering the costs of non-grant covered items that are of an aesthetic nature, which primarily consist of decorative lighting and textured crosswalks.

“We are excited to partner with the city on this project,” Tiffin University President Lilian Schumacher said. “The continuation of the streetscape enhances our campus and improves walkability of the area for our students.”

Design is expected to conclude early in 2018, with contract award to take place by June of the same year. This schedule may be extended if problems are encountered in the design phase.

Tiffin U., Heidelberg partner to offer tuition discount program

Tuition Discount_flyer_v2Incentive would benefit SIEDC, Chamber member organizations

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Employees who work for organizations or companies that are members of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services or Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. soon will have an incentive to pursue higher education in Tiffin.

Tiffin University and Heidelberg University are partnering to offer a tuition discount of up to $200 for graduate and undergraduate coursework for students who are employees of Chamber or SIEDC members.

The employees would be required to meet the academic requirements, be accepted for admission at Heidelberg or Tiffin University, and enroll in courses, according to a joint statement by Jeremy Marinis, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at TU, and Doug Kellar, vice president for Enrollment Management at Heidelberg.

At Heidelberg, a $200 per-credit-hour discount can be applied to all undergraduate degree programs and Master of Business Administration degree courses. Tiffin University is offering a $200 per-credit-hour discount for Tiffin campus undergrad programs and a $100 per-credit-hour discount for graduate degree programs, online and off-campus bachelor’s degree programs.

The tuition discount will remain in place until students graduate, transfer or withdraw. The agreement takes effect in May.

The tuition discount partnership is another in a growing number of ways Heidelberg and Tiffin University are partnering together to elevate both institutions and the community. HU and TU come together every August for the Around the Town event to introduce new students to local businesses and organizations they will encounter during their time in Tiffin. The schools have partnered on job fairs, international events and community service projects, most recently joining efforts to collect food for the Salvation Army in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The partnership was announced during SIEDC’s annual meeting Thursday (March 23). Additional information about eligibility and other requirements is available on the Tiffin University website at www.tiffin.edu/local-benefit or the Heidelberg website at www.heidelberg.edu/community-discount.

Tiffin University President Lillian Schumacher:
“Tiffin University has always been committed to providing an affordable, professionally focused education, and is so glad to be partnering with Heidelberg and our local community. We believe this partnership and discount will help expand learning opportunities to the Tiffin community.”

Heidelberg University President Robert Huntington:
“This partnership is a win for everyone involved. We are pleased to provide greater access to high-quality education and strong professional preparation for the members of our community, and we’re happy that we can share that goal with our friends at Tiffin University.”

David Zak, President and CEO, Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp.:
“A well-educated workforce provides a strong foundation for economic success, which is a great boost to SIEDC’s economic development efforts. This partnership and offer of reduced tuition will be a great incentive in our ongoing efforts as we recruit new businesses to Tiffin and Seneca County and help established businesses expand.”

John Detwiler, president and CEO of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce:
“Our member organizations are appreciative of our two local higher education institutions stepping forward with this offer for their employees,” Detwiler said. “This tuition discount partnership is yet another resource available locally and a terrific way that local employers can invest in their workforce.”

Contest winners open for business

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Zoe and Spenser with the contest judges.

In September of 2016 the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group held a contest to give a space to an aspiring entrepreneur rent free for one year. From the applicant pool, seven possible businesses were chosen to present their business in front of a panel, who decided the winner. This week, contest winners Zoe Dolch and Spenser Blackiston will open Washington Street Outfitters in the Laird Arcade.

Their store is located on the interior of the Laird Arcade (corner of Market and Washington Streets) and features men and women’s clothing and jewelry as well as new and used vinyl records and home decor. “It’s a mixed-merchandise approach, ” Zoe said. “We have hundreds of items and different styles as well as staple items.”

As winners of the contest, in addition to free rent, they received two business organization sessions with professional organizer Reannon Hayes, six sessions from KKR Consult, a business consulting and dream coaching service, and meetings with Retail is Detail (provided by Heritage Ohio), which provided marketing and demographic information for the area. The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services provided one year of free membership, which includes participation in the Chamber Cash gift certificate program.

After winning the contest, they were also contacted by groups at both Heidelberg and Tiffin Universities looking to take an active role in marketing. The Enactus group from Heidelberg has been helping the pair since a couple weeks after the contest, assisting with tasks ranging from building clothing racks to planning the grand opening. Tiffin University marketing students also started working on a marketing campaign that will be presented to Zoe and Spenser upon completion.

“I love the students,” Zoe said. “Working with them has been a great experience and a lot of fun.”

Zoe and Spenser are recent college graduates who were originally looking to start careers elsewhere and defer their dream of opening their own store when they learned about the business contest. “We didn’t know if we could win, but we knew we could put our whole hearts in it,” Zoe said. “We didn’t anticipate this opportunity, it just came about and it felt right.”

Property Manager for the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group and organizer of the contest Tyler Shuff said he is working with runners-up of the contest to help them launch their business ideas. “The contest was great and brought everyone out of the woodwork that had an idea. Even though there was only one winner, I want to help all seven finalists,” he said. “We are looking at doing another contest within the next year or two, with the goal of getting people downtown and giving their business a head-start.”

Two of the finalists now have office space in the Laird Arcade – Small Victories Financial Coaching and Lascala IT. Shuff is currently working with a wine and craft bar, dance studio and business incubator to find space downtown.

First annual Local Job Fair set for March 10

job_fair_imageThe Tiffin City Schools Business Advisory Council is sponsoring a job fair on March 10 at Tiffin Columbian High School. The primary purpose of the fair is to assist high school seniors who don’t plan to attend post-secondary classes in the fall.  It is also an opportunity for those who do plan to continue their education to learn about employers who will have a need to hire individuals with the skills they will be learning.  In addition, this event will get 8th graders thinking about their futures and give them the opportunity to learn about local career opportunities and the skills and education they will need to succeed.

The agenda is as follows:

10-11am:  8th graders from the Tiffin Middle School will meet with the employers

11am-12pm:  Lunch

12pm: Columbian seniors will arrive

1-2:30pm:  High school seniors from 10 other area schools will be in attendance

2:30-4pm:  Heidelberg and Tiffin University students have been invited and community residents will also be able to attend

There is space for approximately 50 tables and to date 30 Seneca County employers have responded to express an interest in attending.  To reserve a table, contact Pat Smith at Tiffin City Schools at 419-447-2515.

Students should bring a resume and be prepared for a brief introduction interview.

The Business Advisory Council is committee of the Tiffin City Board of Education and is comprised of people from industry, retail, public relations and journalism, medical fields, construction, government agencies along with parents and educators from elementary through higher education. Members look at the trends in the community, employment needs, and other issues to develop a plan that helps students become career ready.  Together they develop curriculum and/or study existing curriculum and activities that would teach necessary skills, career awareness, and economic knowledge while preparing the students to be good citizens. Meetings began in February 2016 and accomplishments include:

  • Implemented the REACH program for the TCS 4th-6th graders
  • Created student advisory committees at the middle school and high school
  • Have plans for Camp Invention this summer
  • Have plans to implement the STRIVE program for high school students at risk to not graduate (Coordinated with the Tiffin Rotary Club).

Tiffin ranked in 20 most affordable college towns in Ohio

most-affordableTiffin has been ranked one of the top 20 most affordable towns in Ohio for college students. The findings also suggest that Tiffin is an affordable place for young professionals, families and retirees.

Great College Deals recently released their list of the “20 Most Affordable College Towns in Ohio,” comparing the 130 universities in Ohio and the towns in which their students live. Their research found that the cost of living in Tiffin is 15% lower than the national average and 3% lower than the state average, making it a great place for college students to live.

From the article:

“Tiffin is home to two major universities: Tiffin University and Heidelberg University. With a cost of living that is lower than both the national and state averages, Tiffin is a great place for students, young professionals, families, and retirees. A nature center, a theme park, and various museums are popular tourism destinations, while public libraries, parks, and a walkable downtown area provide residents with everything they need for a high quality of life. Food and entertainment costs in Tiffin are right on par with the national average, but healthcare, utilities, transportation, and housing are lower than the national norm.”

The cost of living in Ohio is 12% lower than the national average, and the article aimed at identifying which towns in Ohio boast a cost of living lower than the state average. GCD staff used Wikipedia and Sperling’s Best Places to determine which towns were most affordable, looking at factors such as costs for housing, food, health, transportation, and utilities, as well as amenities, crime rates, public transportation, and overall quality of life and comparing them to national averages.

To read the complete list, click here.

Jazz legend Bobby Caldwell to headline 8th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin

Jazzin Tiffin 2016 Poster.jpgInternational star whose career spans more than three decades is one of the most prolific and well respected artists in the music industry.

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 2, 2016 – Jazzin’ Tiffin will celebrate their 8th Annual Jazz Festival in style this year with a performance by Jazz Superstar Bobby Caldwell.

The Jazzin’ Tiffin Festival will take place on Saturday evening September 10 at Rotary Park on Frost Parkway in Tiffin. Performers include at 3 p.m. – Tiffin University ProMusic Ensemble, 4:30 p.m. – Jazz Organ Trio Organissimo, 6 p.m. – Saxman Dave McMurray and 7:45 p.m. – Trumpeter Joey Sommerville. Headliner Bobby Caldwell will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Caldwell, best known for his Mega-Hit “What You Won’t Do For Love”, has written numerous hits, not only for himself, but a host of other huge stars of the industry like Boz Skaggs, Peter Cetera, Vanessa Williams, Chicago, Commodores and many others. In addition, Caldwell’s work is some of the most “sampled” in the music industry.

To kick off the festival, there will be a Jazz Night at the Pioneer Mill on Thursday, September 8 from 6:30-8:15 p.m. featuring the B3 Trio. B3 has been performing in Northwest Ohio for the last 7 years. Their music genres include jazz, R&B, Motown, ballads and pop.

On Friday night, September 9 from 4-6 p.m., there will be an educational event on the Heidelberg University campus, featuring Joey Sommerville. Joey’s presentation will be a combination of performance and discussion. He will have an accompanist so he can play some of his music for the students and invite them to join him on a few songs and he will accompany them on a choice of their music.

More importantly he will be talking with the students about the importance of music as an art form, how he got into the music business and how they can prepare themselves to become performing artists. The industry has gone through dramatic changes over the past decade and successful artists like Joey Sommerville have mastered weaving the through the maze to stardom.

Jazzin’ Tiffin is proud to be a free festival for all, thanks to our generous sponsors and partners who contribute to this wonderful family event.

About Jazzin’ Tiffin

Jazzin’ Tiffin began in 2009 and has featured the biggest names in Jazz including Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Nelson Rangell, Alexander Zonjic, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal and many more. The festival’s mission is to support art and culture and the music of local, regional and national artists. The event also seeks to create visibility and economic impact for the greater Tiffin, Ohio area. For more information, please follow Jazzin’ Tiffin on Facebook or call 419.447.3831. Jazzin’ Tiffin is produced by Up Front Entertainment.

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

National Depression Era Glass Show this weekend

Press release provided by Destination Seneca County.

NATIONAL GLASS SHOW & SALE HELD IN OHIO FOR THE FIRST TIME

National Depression Glass Association, Inc. brings show to Tiffin

ndgaTIFFIN, OHIO –The 42nd National Depression Glass Association Convention Show and Sale is being held in Tiffin, Ohio this year, making it the first time held in Ohio and the fourth time across the Mississippi. On July 16 and 17, glass collectors, enthusiasts and first time visitors are meeting at Tiffin University’s Heminger Center, 350 Miami St.

In addition to the show and sale, the organization is to hold a silent auction and live auction, along with glass identification, educational seminars and displays, and hourly door prize drawings. Additional seminars are to be announced. Authors Tom and Neila Bredehoft, Ed Goshe, and Craig Schenning are to be in attendance.

Admission is $8 and is good for the entire weekend.

“Depression Glass” is the American made, transparent glassware made from the early to mid-1920s up until World War II, made exclusively by manufacturers in the Ohio River Valley, including the Tiffin Glass Company, which is still best known for its stemware and was one of the largest producers of stemware during the Depression.

Over 100 patterns were made by more than 20 manufacturers—common colors included crystal, pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors included yellow, ultramarine, pale green, pale blue, cobalt blue, red, black, amethyst, monax, and white.

The glass is divided into two types: “Depression” glass and “Elegant” glass—Depression glass was machine made and frequently came in boxes of laundry detergent, while elegant glass was blown.

The National Depression Glass Association organized in 1974 and held its first annual convention and sale in 1975. Starting in 1999, the NDGA established its National Glass Collection, which is one of the most comprehensive Depression glass collections. Before 2012, the collection was shown at the glass shows around the country, and starting in 2012, the NDGA established a museum for its collection in Wellington, KS.

“The convention will have some of the finest dealers of Depression era glass in one area. Many dealers, glass collectors, and enthusiasts have collected glass for a very long time and have an immense knowledge of the industry and things produced,” show co-chair and collector Tom Maiberger said.

Glass collector and author Ed Goshe said the show has much to offer for any kind of enthusiast. “If people collect a certain line, there is a good chance that they will buy some of it there,” he said.

“Another reason would be just to get an idea of what was made by the different companies. There will also be tables of displays of glassware, which also would be worth the price of admission. For some people, just seeing the artistic side of glassware design, would be worth attending the show for.”

For more information, visit destinationsenecacounty.org.

About Destination Seneca County

Destination Seneca County is the visitor services section of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Centrally located in the heart of northwest Ohio, Seneca County offers shopping, attractions, and good food, all with hometown charm. You can take a look back in time by visiting one of our many museums like the Seneca County Museum nestled along the banks of the Sandusky River, or check out one of our unique attractions such as Seneca Caverns or the Fostoria Rail Park, then end a busy day at one of our local restaurants. With plenty to see and do, you’re going to love it here. For more information, visit destinationsenecacounty.org.

Schumacher named first woman president of Tiffin University

schumacher_-lillian-newsThe Tiffin University Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Lillian Schumacher, current interim president, has been named president of the university, effective immediately. Dr. Schumacher is the sixth president of the university and the first woman to hold the position in the institution’s 128 year history.

“Tiffin University and the City of Tiffin has been part of my family for almost 25 years,” Schumacher said. “TU is a great institution in a fine city and I am thrilled to continue its tradition of success. We have exceptional faculty and staff who believe in student success, a supportive and engaged Board of Trustees, and an exceptional diverse student body that expects the best from us. With these strengths, we can achieve great things.”

Dr. Schumacher became interim president in January 2014. She has been with Tiffin University since July 2010, serving first as Dean of the School of Business and most recently as the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

From her bio:

Dr. Schumacher is a graduate of Allegheny College and earned two Master’s Degrees and Doctorate from Bowling Green State University. She has more than 28 years of experience in higher education and corporate environments in the areas of administration, program development, assessment, accreditation, teaching, management, strategic planning, budget preparation and oversight, staff selection and evaluation, having served in several leadership roles throughout her career.

In the private sector, President Schumacher is a trained facilitator and executive coach specializing in the Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI), DISC Personal Profile Systems and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). She has consulted with both national and international companies.

Although she has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, President Schumacher is happy to call Tiffin her home. She is active in her community and serves on the boards of the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, Webster Industries, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation and the Industrial Management Council (Past President).