Omni Fiber to bring 100% Fiber Network to Tiffin with $10M Investment

Construction of broadband network in Tiffin to start in Q4

This press release was issued from Omni Fiber on 8/15/2022.

CINCINNATI and TIFFIN, OH (August 15, 2022) — Ohio-based Omni Fiber and the City of Tiffin discussed plans with City Council in the August 15th session regarding the company’s commitment to bring broadband access to the majority of Tiffin with a new state-of-the art 100% fiber network. Once the estimated $10 Million project is complete, the network will provide affordable and reliable high-speed Internet to residents and businesses, improving quality of life and economic competitiveness throughout the city. Services available will include fiber Internet plans up to 2 Gbps (2,000 Mbps), traditional and streaming TV options, and Phone.

“Omni Fiber is excited to partner with city leadership on this transformative project to bring high-speed connectivity to the residents and businesses of Tiffin,” said Darrick Zucco, CEO of Omni Fiber. “Bringing this now essential technology to underserved areas across the Midwest is a mission we’re proud to support and appreciate the City of Tiffin joining us in this effort.”

“We are more connected than ever, and having more options for our residents to access high-speed internet is a benefit to everyone,” said Tiffin Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said. “We look forward to Omni Fiber’s investment in Tiffin which, once completed, will expand the consumer’s choice for access to fiber internet plans.”

Construction on the multi-month project will begin in Q4 of this year, with the first customers slated to have service installed in early 2023. Residents interested in being among the first to be installed once construction is complete can learn more or place a no-obligation pre-order at omnifiber.com, or by calling 844-844-OMNI (6664), Mon-Fri, from 8am-5pm.

About Omni Fiber

Founded in 2022 and backed by one of the largest investment firms in the telecommunications industry and led by a leadership team with 80+ years combined industry experience, Ohio-based Omni Fiber provides 100% fiber-optic broadband Internet, TV, and Phone services to residential and business customers in the Midwestern United States. Omni Fiber offers symmetrical speeds of up to 2 Gbps, no hidden fees, no data caps, Premium Wi-Fi included, local customer service, and competitive pricing. For more information, please visit www.omnifiber.com.

ABR approved for grants for two downtown properties

Projects total nearly $44,000 in investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 2, 2022 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved two Façade Enhancement Grants for buildings located at 71 E Market St., and 273 S Washington St.

The ABR approved a grant of $10,000 for storefront restoration for work at JVC Properties located at 71 E Market St. property, and a $10,000 grant for masonry repair, soffit, facia, gutter, and downspout work at CXP Properties located at 273 S Washington St.

Combined, these projects total nearly $44,000 in investment in Downtown Tiffin. This year, the ABR approved grants for the owners of 10 buildings in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of nearly $212,000.

Bennett Paulus with JVC Properties said: “I am very happy the city continues to support the Façade Enhancement Program. The restoration of our downtown properties is costly, and this program continues to provide an opportunity for affordable investment which in turn increases the available leasable space for new and expanding businesses.”  

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 112 projects have been approved for the restoration of Tiffin’s historic, downtown properties.

About the Façade Enhancement Program

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that 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 www.tiffinseneca.org (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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.

Annual Summit to celebrate Downtown Tiffin

Music and presentations featured at event

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 22, 2022 – Join with community and business leaders to commemorate a year of success for Downtown Tiffin with the 2022 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin. The event features music, presentations, and the awards ceremony.

The night will include a chance for attendees to network and enjoy music by T-Town DJ. Matt Wiederhold, Executive Director of Heritage Ohio will give the keynote speech about downtown revitalization, followed by a presentation by Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart. The event also includes the 2022 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony.

Tickets are $15. There is cash bar available and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.tiffinsummit.com.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together as “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, now TSEP (Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership) 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.

PHOTO CAPTION:

The crowd at the 2021 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit.

Sweet Summertime Planned for July 21

Third Thursdays in Downtown Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 15, 2022 – Join us next week in Downtown Tiffin for the Sweet Summertime Third Thursday on July 21. Sweet treats and sweet deals will be available all evening long at businesses in Downtown Tiffin!

Sweet Summertime kicks off at 4 pm with business specials throughout downtown. There will be food trucks in City Lot 5 and City Lot 7 beginning at 5 pm. The Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission will set up on Court Street for the Artist Market beginning at 5 pm for a collaboration of artist, crafters, makers, and handmade goods. The Downtown Car Cruise also begins at 5 pm. The featured music event will be the Cherry Bombs playing live at the East Green Amphitheater beginning at 7 pm and sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank. There will be additional live music from 5-7 pm throughout downtown. The splash pad will be open from noon to 9 pm.

Third Thursdays are sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships and UIS Insurance & Investments.

For additional details, go to downtowntiffinevents.com.

The remaining Third Thursday Series will consist of:

Taste of Tiffin | August 18 – Food and drink vendors will be set-up in the parking lot between the splash pad and the library.  Most will be selling food items for $1. Many downtown retailers and restaurants will be offering specials that night as well.

Seneca County Young Professionals’ Downtown Tiffin Pizza Party | September 15 – Bring the whole family to enjoy a taste of Tiffin and Seneca County! The event will take place throughout Downtown Tiffin. Attendees can purchase $1 tickets that can be redeemed for a pizza from any vendor. Half of each ticket sold will go toward charity.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat | October 20 – Bring the kids for the annual downtown trick-or-treat from 3:30-5:00. Then grab your friends for an early Halloween fun night out. Shop, grab a drink… and maybe dinner and dessert too!

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.

ABR approved for grants for two downtown buildings

Projects total more than $61,000 in investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 5, 2022 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved two Façade Enhancement Grants for buildings located at 111-113 E Perry St., and 125 E Market St.

The ABR approved a grant of $4,000 for painting, tuck pointing, and balcony repair at 111-113 E Perry St., and a $10,000 grant for masonry repair at the Old Trinity Episcopal Church located at 125 E Market St.

Combined, these projects total over $61,000 in investment in Downtown Tiffin. This year, the ABR approved grants for the owners of 8 buildings in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of over $170,000.

Reverend Aaron Gerlach with Old Trinity Episcopal Church said: “This program has provided the financial opportunity for restoration of the church as we prepare for the addition of the Community Kitchen.”  

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 110 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $3 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that 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 www.tiffinseneca.org (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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.

JobsOhio grant to support development of new spec building

Clouse Construction investing in industrial future of community

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 1, 2022 – Today, Clouse Construction has announced that JobsOhio is supporting the construction of the fifth spec building in Tiffin through a grant program. The 50,000-square foot building is currently under construction on Maule Road in the Eagle Rock Industrial Park.

JobsOhio awarded Clouse Construction a $140,000 Ohio Site Inventory Program (OSIP) grant for development of the project site, building costs, infrastructure costs, and land costs for the nearly $4.5 million project. JobsOhio network partner Regional Growth Partnership provided support in obtaining the grant.

The project is being funded by private investors and was developed through the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Economic Development Committee to spur growth and investment in the community’s manufacturing and industrial sector. The development of speculative, or “spec,” industrial buildings is part of the City of Tiffin’s and Seneca County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan approved last year.

The primary goal of the JobsOhio OSIP grant is to help fill gaps in Ohio’s real estate while targeting near-term sector wins making the state more competitive for site selection projects.

“Thank you to JobsOhio and Regional Growth Partnership for helping us secure this grant which will go a long way to helping us continue our mission of producing quality buildings while giving back to the community,” said Lenny Clouse, owner of Clouse Construction.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “This project allows Tiffin to continue to attract new manufacturing opportunities and bring good, high-paying jobs to our area. Thank you to Clouse Construction and local investors for their investment in our future.”

Previous spec building projects in Seneca County facilitated by TSEP, formerly the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., include TH Plastics, which was constructed by a private investor in 2018, and the buildings that house MBDS at Eagle Rock Business Park and QT2 and Sonoco at Northstar Industrial Park.

About Clouse Construction

Clouse Construction is a design-build construction company founded in New Riegel, Ohio in 1975 and is affiliated with Butler Manufacturing Company. Through the years, their commercial design-build capabilities have also come to include all types of building materials and styles, including conventional steel, brick, and concrete.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Tiffin To Host Heritage Ohio Workshop June 16

Workshop is free to Tiffin community members

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 10, 2022 – As a Main Street Community, Tiffin will be hosting the Heritage Ohio Workshop: Capitalizing on Your Success: Media & Community Relations on June 16. The workshop is part of the Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series and will feature speakers presenting on the importance of downtown revitalization, how to interact with elected officials, selling downtown with sales tax data, building strong communications skills, and building your business.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

9:00 AM : Registration

9:30 AM : Welcome

10:00 AM : Getting Your Elected Officials’ to Pay Attention – Eugene Krebs

12:00 PM : Lunch on Your Own

1:30 PM : Show Them the Money: Selling Your Downtown with Sales Tax Data – John Mickovsky & Eugene Krebs

2:00 PM : Building Authentic Relationships Through Communications and Engagement

3:00 PM : Root Beer Float Happy Hour: Building Your Businesses Up

3:30 PM : Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission: New Art Installation

4:00 PM :   Workshop Concludes

The event will be held at the Chandelier Community Events center and is open to all Tiffin community members. Click here to register (select the Ohio Main Street Program option) or learn more.

About the Revitalization Series

The Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series is a quarterly workshop covering each of the Main Street Four Points during the course of a year. The series features expert presenters from Ohio and beyond discussing such topics as fundraising, volunteer management, bikeability, special events, marketing, real estate, business development and much more. Each workshop is held in a different Ohio Main Street Community and will benefit anyone working in community development or downtown revitalization.

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.

Downtown Tiffin Bicentennial Birthday Party

Third Thursday featuring Tiffin’s 200th birthday

TIFFIN, Ohio – June 10, 2022 – Come celebrate Tiffin’s bicentennial with the Third Thursday Bicentennial Birthday Party from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in Downtown Tiffin. Events will be going on throughout the Downtown, sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships and UIS Insurance & Investments.

Restaurants and retailers are offering specials throughout the evening and a car cruise is planned along Washington Street. Thursday Night Tunes at the East Green Amphitheater kicks off with a performance by Soul Piolet at 7 p.m. and this marks the first Court Street Market, a collaboration of artists, crafters, makers, and handmade goods on Court Street from 5-8:30 p.m. on Court Street.

Kids can play on an obstacle course, touch safety services vehicles at the City Lots, including a firetruck, ambulance and police cars, and can take part in a sidewalk chalk challenge at the Seneca County Justice Center, judged by Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

Tiffin Pedal Company and the Renaissance of Tiffin on Wheels are donating their time and will be shuttling community members to various stops throughout downtown for free.

Participating businesses:

  • Bear’s Den – DORA drinks
  • Clover Club – food specials and DORA drinks
  • JAM’s Market – open with more than 40 local vendors
  • Jolly’s – Celebrate Jolly’s 75th birthday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. and 75 cents hotdogs and free mini root beer floats from 3-8pm! A DJ will be out front playing music from 6-9 p.m.
  • Laird Arcade Brewery (The LAB) – Therapy Thursday massages by Erica Snyder, LMT; T-kay’s crafted jewels and Studio 605 art displayed.
  • MST Pub & Grub – DORA drinks
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living – wine tasting (reservation required)
  • Reino’s Pizza and Pasta – Food and DORA specials
  • Renaissance of Tiffin – Happy Hour from 5-11 p.m. and live DJ out front 6-9 p.m.
  • Rose & Co – pick up your Bicentennial cupcakes
  • Tiffin-Seneca Public Library – Set up at East Green to sign up people for the children’s Summer Reading Program.
  • Viaduct Bar & Grille – half off appetizers and Happy Hour from 4-9 pm with the DORA

Other participating businesses and organizations include Bee Safe Security, Culligan Water, Family Counseling Services, Edward Jones – Chris Lee, First Step, Happy Days Nutrition, Hempy Water, Relax & Revive, Salvation Army Tiffin, Splash of Love from Home, Sisters in Shelter, State Farm – Nicole Miller and Tiffin-Seneca United Way. 2022 Third Thursdays are sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships and UIS Insurance & Investments.

Aaron Montz named new TSEP President and CEO

Tiffin Mayor chosen after national search

TIFFIN, Ohio – June 10, 2022 – Today, the City of Tiffin and Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) have announced that Aaron Montz has been named the new President and CEO of TSEP. Montz, who is serving in his third term as Mayor of the City of Tiffin, will officially begin on July 5.

The youngest mayor to be elected in Tiffin’s history, Montz took office in January 2012 at the age of 26. Prior to being mayor, he worked in the private sector running retail stores and had served on Tiffin City Council since 2007. While in office, Montz served on the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), Northwest Ohio Mayors and Managers Association (NOMMA), Seneca Regional Planning, North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments (NCORcog) and was appointed by former Gov. John Kasich to the State of Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission in 2013.

“I am so grateful for my time with the City of Tiffin, a community I love and have loved leading for these past 10 years,” Montz said. “I am choosing to leave now because the timing feels perfect the foundation has been set for the next mayor to be successful. I’m proud to say that today the City is in one of its best ever financial positions and we have an incredibly strong team at City Hall that I trust to continue our forward progress.”

“It is certainly bittersweet, but I felt this opportunity at TSEP will allow me to contribute to my hometown in a new way, and couldn’t resist the challenge of helping to guide economic development for the future.”

Following Montz’s resignation, Tiffin City Council President Bridget Boyle will step in as interim Mayor. By Charter, Boyle has the right to remain in office for the remainder of the unexpired term or Tiffin City Council shall choose a replacement.

Montz replaces David Zak who led the organization before taking a leadership position with Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development in May. TSEP Board of Trustees put a Search Committee together which reviewed more than 30 applications following a national search.

Lillian Schumacher, Chair of the TSEP Board of Trustees and President of Tiffin University, “I’m excited that we have selected Aaron Montz to lead Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. I have had the privilege of working with Aaron on many projects, both in my capacity at TSEP and at Tiffin University, and I wish him the best in this new role as he helps chart the course for the future of our community.”

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner, who served on the Search Committee, echoed Schumacher’s comments. “Aaron has been instrumental in the spirit of collaboration that has led to our success here in Seneca County. I think he will do great things at TSEP and look forward to working together in this capacity.”

Site Selection magazine has ranked the Tiffin-Seneca County micropolitan in the top 20 percent nationally in economic development for 11 straight years, and for five of the past six years, it has ranked among the top 10 of the 581 micropolitans in the United States. Since 2014, companies have invested half a billion dollars and created 2,800 new jobs here, and in 2021, the organization won the Ohio Economic Development Association award for Innovation in Economic Development for its small business relief grant program.

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 http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Home Bakery Adds Production Site in Downtown Tiffin

Company expanding their product offerings

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 9, 2022 – Today Ellen and Don Bell have announced that they will be adding a production site for their company, Baked by Bells, into Downtown Tiffin at 14 Sycamore St. The company plans to continue to sell at the Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market and other local markets with a newly expanded product line.

Ellen comes from a long line of craftswomen and bakers. She grew up in Tiffin with a love for baking that was instilled in her by her mother and her grandmother, who taught home economics and the art of baking and cooking in the 1930s. Today, Ellen shares that passion with her children, Teagan and Jasmin.

“It is a dream come true to turn my love of baking into a business and to be able to share that with the people I have known in Tiffin for over 40 years,” she said.

Baked By Bells offers macarons, lollipops, short breads, royal icing sugar cookies, buckeye candies, caramels, brownies, muffins, pies, cheesecake, and seasonal hot cocoa bombs. With the addition of freeze-drying equipment, they expanded from a strictly home-based business and now are able to add candy options to their menu. The freeze-drying process provides a unique texture and experience to traditional candy. Baked By Bells products can be found at the Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market, as well as three surrounding community markets, and they accept custom orders.

Mayor Aaron Montz said “Congratulations to Ellen and Don Bell on the expansion of Baked by Bells. I’m excited to welcome them into the downtown community.”

Baked by Bells products are available at www.bakedbybells.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, 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.