Northwest Career Ready invited to join panel on Business Advisory Councils

Chandler Grooms, Workforce Development Manager, was invited to participate in Northwest Ohio Tech Prep’s first SuccessBound conference of the season, New Trends in Workforce Development and Education. On behalf of TSEP and Northwest Career Ready, Grooms was asked to join a panel on business advisory councils and to present the work of Northwest Career Ready. Also on the panel were Dan Leffingwell, Superintendent of Noble Local School District, and Andrea Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and PD at North Point ESC.

Below is the presentation on Northwest Career Ready and summaries which follow along to the slides.

  1. Introduction: Presented by Chandler Grooms – Workforce Development Manager, TSEP; BAC Manager – Northwest Career Ready
  2. Creation of Regional BAC: Northwest Career Ready is a regional business advisory council formed in 2021 from two former BAC’s in the region: The Tiffin City Schools BAC & the NCOESC BAC. Three other partners have been instrumental in making NCR a reality: Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, and Terra State Community College.
  3. BAC Region and Membership: NCR’s territory covers four counties: Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland; and there are currently 13 school districts and the NCOESC that are represented by the BAC.
  4. Unique Connection to Economic Development: With the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership playing a key role in the BAC and serving as the home of the BAC Manager, Northwest Career Ready has the unique ability to access programs and resources from an active economic and workforce development organization. TSEP engages daily with business and industry professionals across the region, and that connection will provide easier access to a network of business support for Northwest Career Ready.
  5. Steps to Success: These six steps define our key focus areas for year 1 of Northwest Career Ready. They are discussed in detail on the following slides.
  6. Marketing: In bringing NCR to fruition, it was quickly realized that a marketing plan would be necessary to create a reliable brand that will build credibility in the mission of the BAC. Step one was establishing that branding image. The logo you see on the slides throughout the presentation was developed in this process. The next step was to create a website to serve as the hub for all of Northwest Career Ready’s information, action, and resources. And finally, NCR will develop targeted communication strategies via the website, email, social media, and brochures.
  7. Defining the Organizational Structure: As a regional business advisory council, it is important to develop a governing structure that allows for the best representation of our region’s education and business communities. Each of NCR’s member schools as well as the Educational Service Center will gain representation on the voting board of the BAC. An equal number of business and industry professionals will also receive a seat at the table, allowing both sides to join in the discussion on how to best serve our students and our community. It is also important to develop valuable committees and working groups that will serve as the boots on the ground for important initiatives and programs that the BAC will develop.
  8. Develop New Ideas: One of the most impactful duties of Northwest Career Ready is to engage students in work-based learning. Utilizing the resources that our region offers and learning from other BAC’s and groups that are doing similar work, we can create new and exciting opportunities for students to explore career pathways and connect with their communities.
  9. Support What’s Already Happening: Just as important it is for the BAC to design new ideas, it is equally important for Northwest Career Ready to support and assist the great programs and opportunities that are already out there. An example of one of those programs is the Manufacturing Showcase lead by the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs. This program is a fantastic opportunity for manufacturers to engage and interact with high school freshmen, and to teach valuable employability skills and attributes. NCR is happy to support programs like this that are already delivering results.
  10. Business Engagement: Being able to showcase how the business advisory council can benefit businesses is key to building partners in work-based learning. Having businesses that want to contribute, but also see the long-term benefit of our work is important. For the business community, working with NCR is a new way to tackle the workforce issues that so many companies are struggling with. Our goal, through work-based learning, is to help fill local workforce shortages with young people who may not be aware of all of the amazing opportunities that are available right in their communities.
  11. Building Our Network: Northwest Career Ready cannot achieve all of its goals on its own. Building a network of partners and resources, not only internally but also externally, is key to the long-term success of this initiative. There are many other great organizations and business advisory councils to learn from across the state, and we look forward to learning and sharing best practices to provide the most opportunities for our students.
  12. You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Finally, I think this quote sums up the most important idea to remember as we continue the work of the business advisory council. The more we can expose young people to all the future career pathways that are available, the more likely they will find the perfect fit and be able to make the best choices for themselves. There are many great opportunities out there, but if students are never shown, we can’t expect them to follow those pathways.

Northwest Career Ready approves by-laws, logo

Local business advisory council hears update on recent Manufacturing Showcase

Students participate in a virtual-reality welding demonstration organized by Sentinel CTC faculty and students during the 2021 Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase.

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 23, 2021 – Northwest Career Ready (NCR), a regional business advisory council, held its second quarterly meeting of the 2021-2022 academic year Nov. 18 at Fostoria City Schools. During the meeting, the 36 members in attendance approved NCR’s by-laws and new logo and discussed the committee structure and heard updates on various work-based learning initiatives happening across the region.

“Some very big steps have been made so far in creating a successful foundation for Northwest Career Ready,” said Chandler Grooms, Workforce Development Manager for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Manager of the business advisory council. “We were able to get approval of some key items at the quarterly meeting, and I think we continue to see how important the work of the business advisory council is. A lot of great things are already happening, and I look forward to contributing to more opportunities for the students that Northwest Career Ready serves.”

One of the programs discussed was the Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase. The showcase returned to Tiffin University’s Heminger Center to host approximately 500 high school freshmen in the half day event on Oct. 8. Now in its sixth year, the Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County partnered with local organizations and manufacturers to return the event to an in-person format after going virtual in 2020.

 “I’m glad that we were able to have an event in 2020, but I’m excited we were able to have an in-person experience this year,” said Carol Owen, Business Services Consultant for OhioMeansJobs Seneca County. “Thank you to Tiffin University for hosting and to the schools and employers that participated.

The Manufacturing Showcase is an opportunity for freshmen students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in various demonstrations, focusing on key skills such as team building, lean manufacturing, employability, machining, supply chain, and mechanical engineering/automation.

Twelve manufacturing employers volunteered to lead demonstrations for the event, including American Fine Sinter, American Plastics, Ameriwood Industries, Arnold Machine, Church & Dwight, Clouse Construction, Grammer, Mennel Milling, National Machinery, Taiho Corp. of America, Vaughn Industries, and Webster Industries. Sentinel Career and Technology Center faculty also lead demonstrations, and several Sentinel students assisted with the event as well.

Eight schools participated in this year’s in-person showcase: Calvert Catholic, Fostoria City High School, Hopewell-Loudon High School, Mohawk High School, New Riegel High School, North Central Academy, Old Fort High School, and Seneca East High School.

Since its inception in 2016, approximately 3,250 Seneca County freshmen have been exposed to careers in manufacturing. The showcase is just one program that Northwest Career Ready looks to support and build upon for future years to come.

About Northwest Career Ready

Northwest Career Ready serves as the regional business advisory council for 13 public and private schools across Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, and Richland Counties. The business advisory council is made up of education, business, economic development, and community leaders across the region. NCR is dedicated to building collaboration between the business and education community and creating opportunities for students to gain exposure of future career pathways in their community.

City of Tiffin receives grant for box planters

Grant allows for 80 planters in Downtown Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 22, 2021 – The Meshech Frost Charitable Trust has provided a grant to Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership for the City of Tiffin to purchase 18 box planters for Downtown Tiffin. The grants provides 50 percent of the funding toward the overall cost of $10,446.96.

The $4,644.78 grant allows the city to continue to install black, self-watering planters along South Washington Street to the south at the five points intersection by St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funds are to be used for planters as well as for hanging basket liners and flowers.

In 2019, the City of Tiffin was the recipient of a $5,388 grant from Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District for the initial purchase of 25 planters in Downtown Tiffin. These replaced the decades-old planters that previously were there. The planters are made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works is to install the planters in the early spring and volunteers maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city. These new planters will bring the total to 80 planters in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that Meshech Frost Charitable Trust has provided these funds to the City of Tiffin and allowed us to expand the number of planters as we continue to invest in the beatification of downtown Tiffin.”

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, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Vanguard-Sentinel launches Telecommunications Tower Technician program

Husted approves programs at three schools

Press Release via the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – November 17, 2021 — Ohio Lieutenant Gov. Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), announced Nov. 17, the launch of Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs at North Central State College, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. This announcement is part of a larger effort by OWT and BroadbandOhio to grow the workforce needed to expand broadband access and 5G in Ohio.

The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy, released in September, identifies the need for a skilled and prepared workforce to fill broadband and 5G jobs. The strategy outlines a plan for increasing broadband industry career awareness and creating more training and education programs in the state. The three Telecommunications Tower Technician Programs announced today will provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to start their careers in the telecommunications industry as a Telecommunications Tower Technician I.

“This is another example of how our administration is actively working to eliminate barriers to expanding Ohio’s broadband and 5G infrastructure,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “The Telecommunications Tower Technician programs will help address the workforce gap by providing students with the in-demand skills and experience needed to get a high-paying job with clear opportunities for advancement.”

Lt. Governor Husted traveled to North Central State College (NCSC) in Mansfield to promote the Telecommunications Tower Technician Program, which will launch in the Spring of 2022 at NCSC, Hocking College, and Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. The program is 240 hours and will cover a variety of topics, including safety, basic rigging and fall protection, principles of electricity, fiber optics, wireless technology, cell components, antenna basics, spectrum management and more.

“The Kehoe Center is perfect for the Tower Tech program,” said President Dorey Diab of North Central State College. “We have the space available and numerous laboratories already in place to support the training required. In addition, we’re excited to work with new industry partners to provide the qualified workforce they require. NC State is always striving to adapt to meeting the evolving needs of our regional partners. Tower Technicians will be highly skilled and provide the professionals who complete the program will have great careers.”

The State of Ohio identified the program as a plug-and-play model to bring to Ohio, worked to find the institutions that would host the program, and provided initial funding to help launch it.

“Hocking College is proud to be a pilot site for the Tower Technician 1 program in Southeast Ohio, partnering with the state to expand telecommunication training in Ohio and preparing Ohioans for good jobs in Appalachian Ohio,” said President Betty Young of Hocking College.

“We are excited to be part of the 5G broadband initiative in the state of Ohio and to establish a program in Northwest Ohio that will meet the workforce needs and will give students the opportunities to earn in-demand industry credentials and pathways to a great career,” said Superintendent Greg Edinger of Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center.

“The Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has worked closely with our industry to develop these first-class Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTTI) programs that will ensure the Buckeye State’s educational system is graduating career-ready technicians,” said Todd Schlekeway, President & CEO of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. “The TTTI program curriculum that is being implemented in these designated Ohio schools will move the needle on the industry’s workforce needs by providing training courses that prepare students for rewarding careers in a rapidly growing industry without taking on college debt. NATE commends the State of Ohio for its leadership, and we thank Lt. Governor Husted for his continued support for our industry and for leading the nation with these important investments in critical workforce development programs.”

Today’s launch represents another project related to broadband expansion that builds upon efforts by Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to expand and enhance high-speed internet access for businesses and families throughout Ohio.

The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy can be found on the BroadbandOhio website.

City of Tiffin asks residents provide feedback on projects

Dream Big Tiffin received five new proposals and 16 new ideas this year

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 5, 2021 – On behalf of the City of Tiffin, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is excited to announce that the new community development project proposals and ideas submitted in this year’s Dream Big, Tiffin initiative have been posted online. TSEP is asking the public to go to to provide their feedback through Nov. 24, 2021.

Jodie Reinbolt, Chair of the Tiffin Community Development Committee and Executive Director of the Tiffin Community Foundation, explained what the public can expect from the process. “While there are no guarantees that any of these projects will be funded, or that they will occur, we do know that communities with stronger public engagement win more grants and get more projects done than they would have otherwise. We appreciate everyone’s participation.”

Last year, there were 10 project proposals with detailed description, budgets, and support documentation submitted, and since then, two of those projects have been completed: Salvation Army Parking Lot (private funding) and Seneca County Cares for Families (public/private funding) for this year. The remaining seven priority or recommended projects will remain on the list again this year: Court Street Alley improvements, South River Road Trail, Bunky Bike Tree, Community Kitchen, Trail Connections, South Washington Streetscape, and the Transformational Life Center.

New project proposals this year include a Community Garden, Cycling Without Age Program, Downtown Holiday Lighting, a Martin Luther King Monument, and Salvation Army Day Camps. Additionally, there are 16 new ideas that are being added to the 28 from last year, bringing the total community “wish list” to 44.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Our city continues to get more public and private community development projects done than other cities our size. From our roads and bridges to our parks and trails, from our healthcare to education, we continue to make strides towards higher quality of life. This process is designed to help us accomplish more and know what the public thinks.”

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

Jolly’s to go under new ownership

Company has been part of Tiffin community for 74 years

Jolly’s previous owner Diane Hassinger poses for a picture with new co-owners, Amber and Dave Spridgeon.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 4, 2021 – Today, a Tiffin tradition is coming under new ownership. Dave Spridgeon, owner of The Renaissance of Tiffin and Barrel 51, has announced that he has purchased Jolly’s, which is celebrating 74 years of business.

Co-owners Dave and Amber Spridgeon have been working with previous owner Diane Hassinger for a while to finalize the sale of the business that has been with her family for three generations. Dave Spridgeon said he has no plans to make any changes to the menu, which will continue to feature Jolly’s family recipe ketchup, sloppy joes, chicken, chili, pulled pork and root beer. They hope to add donuts in January.

Hassinger’s grandparents, Roy and Vivian Jolivette, opened Jolly’s in 1947 as an A&W Root Beer stand. Known for its root beer and Coney dogs, the drive-in was a staple on West Market Street for more than 70 years. In 1980, Diane took over from her parents, Gene and Colett, who had succeeded her grandparents. In 2017, Diane had moved into the historic Laird Building in Downtown Tiffin, after having been selling Jolly’s staples out of a food truck following the sale of the original property.

Hassinger is looking forward to retirement and spending time with her grandkids. “I want to thank the community for supporting my family for 74 years by coming to Jolly’s. I’m proud that we were able realize my dream to make our food available year-round and offer indoor dining,” she said. “I believe that Dave will continue to honor the Jolly’s tradition.”

In addition to the Renaissance, Dave Spridgeon introduced the Renaissance on Wheels and the Pink Lady food truck in 2020. The Renaissance and Barrel 51, which opened its doors in 2017, recently was named the Heritage Ohio 2021 Main Street Business of the Year.

Dave Spridgeon is excited about the opportunity to keep Jolly’s in Tiffin, and hopes to eventually add some of the Jolly’s sandwiches to the offerings at his other businesses. “The Tiffin community has been so welcoming since I opened my business in 2017, and I’m excited to now be part of the history of Jolly’s. I’m not only looking forward to continuing the legacy of the Diane’s family, but to make new memories with Jolly’s for years to come.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Amber and Dave Spridgeon on yet another positive announcement for their businesses and continued investment in Tiffin. It is exciting to see a long-time Tiffin staple being preserved for future generations to enjoy. I also want to wish Diane Hassinger a happy and well-deserved retirement.”

Jolly’s is located at 66 E. Market St., Tiffin. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook. Jolly’s is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Dream Big Tiffin! 2022

The second annual Dream Big Tiffin! cycle is underway! Dream Big Tiffin is the new community development process designed to identify and develop project ideas and proposals (ideas with details about description, budget, funding, impact, etc.) so that more projects get funding and get completed in the City of Tiffin. Thank you for coming to this page to participate. Remember there are many projects that underway or outside of the process – these are additional projects for the future.

We ask you review the following new project proposals and rate them on importance. We also ask you to rate the new ideas submitted this year on importance. Projects previously submitted are also listed here for reference. (Read full ideas report.)

Two project proposals submitted for 2021 have been completed/funded:

  • Seneca County Cares for Families
  • Salvation Army Parking Lot

The process is overseen by the Tiffin-Community Development Committee (TCDC) and works hard to solicit ideas and feedback from the residents and general public. It seeks to make the “community” part of “community development” an active participant and not just a recipient.

It’s important to note that community development is not a fast-moving process. It takes time (often multiple years) to evaluate, find the funding for, and dedicate the resources and capacity to make projects happen. Just because a project is rated a “Priority” project does not mean it will happen within the next year or two. It may not happen at all. The process, though, provides valuable feedback to elected officials and other stakeholders on what the true priorities of the community are as they deliberate what actions to take. Furthermore, ideas submitted will often take even longer and will be submitted to the lead strategic organization for that activity area. The bottom line to community development is that it is a slow, gradual, and incredibly important process that does make a big difference in the life of a community.

If there are any questions, please contact David Zak, TSEP President & CEO, at or 419.912.1150.

Miller Investment Fund LLC purchases 2499 W. Market St. in Tiffin

Press Release from the Miller Diversified

The Miller Investment Fund is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new office property in Tiffin, Ohio.  

Located at 2499 W. Market St. in Tiffin, this property includes office, retail and small storage space which totals 11,200 square feet. Since the building’s acquisition, the property has achieved 100% occupancy, boasting established tenants including H&R Block, ProMedica, the Pharmacy Counter and State Farm Insurance.  

“The acquisition of the Tiffin building is another great addition to this diversified portfolio of properties.” said Kurt Miller, Fund Principal and CEO of Miller Diversified. “We continue to search for qualified properties across the expanded Midwest, and this property offered a superb opportunity for our investors.” 

The property first came to the Miller team’s attention when a prospective tenant reached out to Miller Diversified’s brokerage team for representation. The President of Miller Diversified Realty and Fund Executive Advisor Tim Schlachter began to learn more about the building, and he saw a significant opportunity to improve upon the value of the property through acquisition and lease-up. 

“I took the information to the Fund team, and we knew it would be a good fit,” Schlachter said. “We have a strong in-house property management team, so we knew if we could check all the boxes in the review process, we would be able to bring tenants to the building and make the improvements needed for this one to be a strong addition to the portfolio, which is exactly what we’ve done now.” 


The Miller Investment Fund owns a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate. This open-ended real estate investment Fund allows investors to contribute either capital or buildings in exchange for units.  


The property is situated along Route 224, a stretch of road which leads right into the heart of Downtown Tiffin in just minutes. According to the City of Tiffin’s website, Tiffin consistently ranks in the top 10% of almost 600 similarly-sized communities nationally for economic development. It has ranked in the top 10 for economic development in this same group twice in four years, earned by its dedication to creating jobs, investing in economic development, and prioritizing city-wide improvements. Tiffin’s goal of constant improvement hasn’t wavered even in the context of a pandemic, as they announced the start of a riverfront development project, which will offer visitors a scenic walkway, providing easy access to nearby universities, restaurants, and shops.  


The Miller Investment Fund continues to meet growth goals thanks to the Fund’s selective and patient acquisitioning process. This growth persists in spite of the economic uncertainty created by the pandemic. 

“The structure of the Fund is designed to yield steady growth over time,” said Miller Diversified Vice President and Fund Principal Jerry Miller. “Our company believes a steady and calculated approach is what brings reliable and lasting results.” 

Miller Diversified’s long history and strong background in the fundamentals of commercial real estate provides the essential ingredients for this real estate investment Fund. These factors, Jerry believes, are what sets the Fund apart from other investment opportunities. 

“We carefully analyze each property before deciding it’s a candidate for the Fund,” Jerry said. “We put each potential property through a diligent review process, and as investors, we adhere closely to our fundamental goals and criterion.” 


The Miller Investment Fund is focused on continued growth, seeking qualified accredited investors and adding properties across an expanded geography. Investors can contribute buildings directly into the Fund in exchange for units, or elect instead to invest capital. For more information about the Fund, or to contact one of the Fund’s team members, visit 

Miller Diversified is a family-owned company, offering a variety of real estate services, including development, construction, brokerage, property management, and a real estate investment fund. We have been in business since 1920 and our purpose is to respectfully build value and enrich lives across generations. For more information about Miller Diversified, please visit 

Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College Appoints New Director

Press release from Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, November 2, 2021 – Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) announced today that Miranda Hoffman has joined the Ohio SBDC at Terra State Community College as its director to provide a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.

Hoffman comments, “I am excited to join as Director of the Ohio SBDC at Terra State and look forward to further developing their already extensive service offering that promotes business growth, sustainability and enhances the creation of new businesses and jobs. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected and long-standing program that prides itself on top-quality service.”

William Taylor, vice president for academic affairs said, “Hoffman’s wealth of experience and knowledge has already made her a great leader to the Ohio SBDC. We view her appointment as a sign of our commitment to fostering local economic development by being the leading small business resource in our community. Increasing demand from our clients to help them start, grow and sustain their businesses, local business trends and individual business requirements led us to look for a leader who will fit in with our innovation and exceptional service. It is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Hoffman’s caliber to fulfill this role. I am confident that Hoffman will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality business solutions for our clients.”

Entrepreneurs and community members looking for business assistance can reach out to Hoffman at 419.559.2210 or The Ohio SBDC at Terra State will continue to offer free monthly Small Business Basics seminars for anyone in the community. The schedule can be found at

(About the SBDC)

The Ohio SBDC at Terra State Community College is part of a statewide program provided through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Terra State Community College. It is staffed by highly trained, certified business advisors who provide no cost, confidential, and in-depth one-on-one counseling, e-counseling, no- or low-cost training, quality-based assessments, technical assistance, information on federal, state, and local regulations and programs, as well as information on and guidance in loan packaging. SBDCs serve all populations, including: minorities; women; veterans, including reservists, active duty, disabled personnel, and those returning from deployment; people with disabilities; youth and encore entrepreneurs; as well as individuals in low and moderate income urban and rural areas.


Miranda Hoffman

Telephone no. 419.559.2210


Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership opens search for Development Manager

Organization seeks talent, drive, and ability to continue strong momentum

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 29, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it has launched a search to fill its newly created position of Development Manager for Community, Entrepreneurship, and Rural Development. Position description and requirements can be found at Resumes and cover letters will be accepted by email only to until 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 2021.   

TSEP President & CEO David Zak was excited to make the announcement. “Each member of our team believes in our mission and appreciates being able to work hard every day to make this a great place to live, work and run a business. Our biggest challenge is growing and developing a strong team to execute our strategy. We’re a top-ranked, award-winning, results-oriented organization with a great culture, and we’re looking for the next person to join our distinguished ranks.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, a member of TSEP’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, supports the search: “The results speak for themselves. We have a top-notch aggressive and innovative economic, downtown and community development organization, and we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas. The next Development Manager will help continue the momentum.”

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner, also a member of TSEP’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, also strongly supports this action. “TSEP works extremely hard to promote our community, communicate with stakeholders, and drive economic growth. I look forward to working with a new person to our great organization.” 

Since 2014, TSEP has expanded from two full-time staff focusing on four primary development areas to a team of seven, including the open position:

  • Amy Reinhart, Director of Downtown Revitalization.
  • Nick Dutro, Economic Development Manager.
  • Carol Kern, Workforce Development (Adults).
  • Chandler Grooms, Workforce Development Manager (Youth).
  • Development Manager (open).
  • Corrina Haynes, Operations Manager.
  • David Zak, President & CEO.

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. Tiffin and Seneca County consistently rank in the top two percent of communities nationally for economic development and has one of the most recognized and award-winning downtown Main Street programs in Ohio. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at or by reading its annual report at

Since 2014, TSEP has achieved the following external results, among others:

Since 2014, TSEP has achieved the following internal results, among others: