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Nicole Miller-State Farm Insurance Agent Purchases New Building

Investment Totals Over $325,000

TIFFIN, OHIO– September 22, 2022- Today, Nicole Miller-State Farm Insurance Agent announced she has purchased the building at 352 West Market St. in Tiffin. Nicole has already moved into the building and plans to hold a public ribbon cutting in conjunction with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce on October 18th at 4pm with an open house until 6 that is open to the public.

Miller said, “As a small business owner I am excited to be able to continue to grow and invest in my business and community. Thank you to Tiffin and Seneca County for all of your continued support.”

The building, a duplex, will house Nicole Miller-State Farm Insurance Agent, with a second business soon to come in the additional space. Miller completed several upgrades to the building, including a new roof, resealed parking lot, and removed the fencing and tree line around the building, along with a total interior facelift of her side of the building. Including the property purchase and renovations, the investment totals at this point are more than $325,000 with more to come. Nicole Miller-State Farm Insurance Agent is currently open for business at her new location, offering several insurance products including life insurance for all ages, lawsuit protection, as well as home loans and refinancing with Rocket Mortgage. She currently has three full time employees and is looking to hire two more.  

Tiffin Mayor Dawn Iannantuono commented, “Congratulations to Nicole on purchasing her building. It is exciting to see businesses continue to invest in Tiffin. I greatly appreciate the commitment to our community shown by Nicole.”

About Nicole Miller-State Farm Insurance Agent

The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. Nicole Miller-State Farm Insurance Agent offers insurance products such as auto insurance, homeowners’ insurance, condo insurance, renters’ insurance, personal articles, business insurance, life insurance, health insurance, and pet insurance. Nicole Miller-State Farm Insurance Agent also offers banking and home loan products. For more information about the business, visit http://NicoleMillerSF.com/ or call (567) 220-7719.

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.

ABR approves grant for Empire building

Projects total nearly $15,000 in investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 20, 2022 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the building located at 140 S. Washington St.

The ABR approved a grant of $7,250 for roof replacement on the Empire building where the Beanstalk is located. This year, the ABR approved grants for the owners of 12 buildings in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of nearly $260,000.

Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said, “I am thrilled to see that this program continues to encourage investment by our downtown building owners for the betterment of the community, by preserving our historic downtown properties.”

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 114 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of over $3.2 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 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 (now TSEP) to act as the downtown organization which is now “Downtown Tiffin.” In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program and became a state and nationally accredited program with Main Street America. For more information, click here.

Local Cooperatives Come Together to Expand Broadband Access in Rural Seneca County

This joint press release was issued from North Central Electric Cooperative & Bascom Communications on 9/13/2022.

A new fiber project was announced Tuesday, September 13, as a partnership between two local cooperatives, North Central Electric Cooperative (NCE) and Bascom Communications (Bascom). The estimated $26 million dollar project will connect the NCE service area and expand Bascom’s existing fiber footprint. 

There are an estimated 9,600 homes in rural Seneca County and most lack fast and reliable Internet access. Bascom currently, and through their Rural Digital Opportunity Fund project, has gigabit capable fiber optic services available to approximately 39% of these homes. This project will increase fiber optic broadband access availability to 81% of rural homes and businesses and allow for even further expansion down the line.

“This project shows that the dream of ubiquitous fiber coverage in Seneca County is possible. This infrastructure will be the backbone for economic growth and education, putting us as a destination in the state of Ohio. The collaboration of the two co-ops who care deeply about our community and its well-being for the long run, while providing critical local support, is a huge win for the area,” said Nate Brickner, General Manager/CEO of Bascom Communications.

The need for fast, reliable, and affordable broadband internet has grown exponentially since the COVID-19 pandemic, and this project will increase access at a critical time for businesses and residents in the rural communities which has been highlighted recently by the Seneca County Broadband Study.

“Much like electricity in the 1930’s, broadband access is a necessity, not a luxury. Helping to bring this essential technology to our service area continues our record of providing services that enhance economic development and the quality of life for our members,” said Edward VanHoose, General Manager of NCE.

Project planning and backend work has already begun with construction slotted to begin in 2023. To learn more about the project, or to receive regular updates, please visit http://www.bascomcommunications.com/nce/

About the Partners

Bascom Communications is a progressive cooperative that has continued to be a technological and service leader in the area since 1906. Bascom has reinvested millions into their networks and offers all wired customers, both business and residential, the advantage of having the most advanced and reliable fiber-optic technology directly into their premises with local support from a caring provider. Bascom Communications offers Accelerate high-speed Internet, Fiber TV, high-quality telephone service, security, and personal home safety, Ethernet transport, and wireless Internet with LTE—along with many other services—to make your communications experience enjoyable, easy, and affordable.

Bascom Communications continues to broaden its profile and reach to be able to offer the most to its customers now and into the future.

North Central Electric Cooperative is a local, not-for-profit electric utility serving 9,920 consumers in Crawford, Hancock, Huron, Richland, Seneca, Wood, and Wyandot counties. North Central maintains around 1,800 miles of underground and overhead lines and 12 substations, and one metering point. Incorporated in 1936, North Central Electric has served the area for over 85 years and counting.

Tiffin Boutique Hotel Group seeks local investors and partners

Project in the heart of Downtown Tiffin will revitalize historic hotel.

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 12, 2022

The Tiffin Boutique Hotel Group announced today that they are seeking local investors and limited partners for the planned Gibson Hotel in Downtown Tiffin. As the planned redevelopment of the Historic Hotel Gibson, the group has established a concept that embraces and incorporates the dramatic features already present on site such as the original staircase and skylight. Featuring 25 enlarged rooms and suites and two retail locations on the ground floor the new Gibson Hotel concept will represent an anchor of Downtown Tiffin. The original partners will remain involved in the project for a minimum of five years after opening, but long-term would like to have someone local to Tiffin or Seneca County take over the hotel.

At this point the Tiffin Boutique Hotel Group has accomplished much of the groundwork required for a project of this scale. Certified experts have inspected the foundation, roof, and exterior walls and determined that they are in acceptable condition. Additionally, the group has completed important conceptual work, preliminary architectural drawings, and determined that the building is eligible for federal and state historic tax credits and other incentive programs.

Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart said: “This project is an important component of the continued restoration of Tiffin’s historic downtown. The Gibson Hotel redevelopment will create a new overnight option in the heart of our community while providing additional retail space for our entrepreneurs.”

Interested parties should contact Adam Gillmor, TSEP Development Coordinator, for more information at

614-725-8086 or gillmor@tiffinseneca.org.

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, at www.tiffinseneca.org/downtown/.

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.

Downtown Tiffin Main Street Award Winners Announced

Annual Downtown Tiffin Celebration & Summit

TIFFIN, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership hosted the 2022 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at the Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St. The program included award presentations and celebrated the success of 2021 and 2022.

The event provided the opportunity to highlight some of our wonderful volunteers, building owners, business owners, and those who have dedicated countless hours to the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin. The 2022 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Award winners were:

  • Ryan Poignon, Anne Gase Achievement Award.
  • 92 S. Washington St., Development Award.
  • Yours With Every Stitch – Danielle Park, Entrepreneurial Award.
  • Reino’s Pizza & Pasta, Business Legacy Award.
  • Mike Pinkston, Lifetime Achievement Award.

We were also excited to announce that Downtown Tiffin will be receiving four Heritage Ohio Main Street awards at the annual Heritage Ohio State Preservation and Revitalization Conference, taking place Oct. 3-5 in Toledo, Ohio.

The night also featured:

  • Matt Wiederhold, Executive Director of Heritage Ohio, presenting the keynote speech about downtown revitalization and historic preservation and how that relates to Downtown Tiffin.
  • Year in review by Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart.
  • T-Town DJ with the musical entertainment for the event.

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 a grant for the Gold Bond Building

Nearly $80,000 in investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2022 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the recently purchased and rebranded Watchtower Building located at 154 S Washington St., formerly known as the Gold Bond Building.

The ABR approved a grant of $10,000 for storefront replacement for work on the Madison Street side of the building that will open a couple storefront spaces for potential new downtown business.

The property and renovation investment totals nearly $80,000. This year, the ABR approved grants for the owners of 11 buildings in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of nearly $245,000.

Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said, “I am excited to see a downtown property restored so it can once again be used for business. Locations are limited and the City of Tiffin is happy to provide assistance for the restoration of another property.”

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 113 projects have been approved for the restoration of Tiffin’s historic downtown properties generating $3.2 million in investment.

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.

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.

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.