community development

Tiffin Community Development Initiative encourages public to ‘Dream Big’

Project submission portal open through Nov. 12

Riverview Park in Tiffin was updated in 2019 with $120,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Sept. 10, 2020 – On behalf of the City of Tiffin, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is launching a new, innovative community development initiative. For the next two months, Tiffin area residents can submit new ideas or detailed proposals for facilities and services to improve Tiffin’s education, health and wellness, and quality of life. Community organizations, community leaders and elected officials will also be directly solicited. Projects can be submitted at until November 12. The page includes details on submission and frequently asked questions.

After project solicitation closes, TSEP will make all detailed project proposals available for review online and ask for the entire community’s feedback on the project proposals submitted for the next few weeks. The public can provide input online and/or at public hearings.

Following the public feedback period, three specialty committees or “panels” in the areas of Quality of Life, Education & Training and Health & Human Services will evaluate and classify each of the project proposals as “priority,” “recommended,” or “reviewed” based on a number of factors, including the public input.

The panel’s recommendations for prioritization will then be taken to a larger Tiffin Community Development Committee, which will finalize the classifications and the overall project list and then share those recommendations with local and state elected officials, as well as foundations and other sources of grant funding. TSEP will provide support by assisting high priority projects in obtaining funding as well as further developing project ideas into project proposals.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, formerly SIEDC, has been involved with community development inside the city of Tiffin since 1990, originally with housing programs and over the last couple of years as the administrator of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and manager of the downtown Main Street program. The new “Dream Big Tiffin” program seeks to increase community engagement, identify and develop more and better project proposals, secure more funding, and thereby improve the quality of life in Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I appreciate TSEP’s commitment to improving public participation to better identify and facilitate more high-impact community development projects in the City of Tiffin. This will be an exciting new step in that direction.”

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

Terra State to offer scholarships for Short Term Certificate Programs

Information from Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, August 6, 2020 – In partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Terra State Community College has announced the availability of scholarships for students enrolled in the Short Term Certification Programs.

$182,000 in scholarships are available, with students being able to receive up to $2,000 each. Current and prospective students must show financial need, including impact from COVID-19. Eligible programs include those that are Pell eligible and non-Pell eligible.

Terra State offers 25 short-term certificates that allow students to gain skills in high demand fields. Programs include credit and non-credit courses.

“All of these programs have been identified as leading to high-demand occupations in the state of Ohio,” said Beth Bower, grant writer at Terra State, “These scholarships will help employers fill the gaps in the workforce while at the same time provide students with the training they need to be successful in their chosen careers.”

Short-term certificate programs that are eligible for scholarship money include:

Credit Courses

  • Accounts Payable Manager
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Brakes
  • General Business
  • Diesel
  • Digital Media
  • Electrical Systems
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Manufacturing Foundation
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Scribe
  • Network Technician
  • PC Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Power and Controls
  • Precision Machinery
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Welding

Non-Credit Courses

  • Comp TIA
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Online
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • STNA

For more information, please visit or contact Admissions at 419.559.2349 or at

About Terra State Community College

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, residential college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

City of Tiffin applies for funds to improve Nature Trails Park

Project projected to be complete in 2021

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 7, 2020 – The City of Tiffin recently completed and submitted its application to the State of Ohio for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, with the funds to primarily be used for improvements to Nature Trails Park. If approved, the project would include adding paved walking trails, benches, a barbecue grill and a new playground by fall of 2021. The playground that had been at the park has been removed due to disrepair.

Every two years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocates up to $150,000 for the City of Tiffin for specific activities that benefit areas of low-income residents, benefit specific populations or to make improvements in areas of slum and blight. The total amount requested for this round of funding was $147,800, of which $117,800 is for improvements at Nature Trails Park, $25,000 is for grant administration costs and $5,000 is allocated for the required fair housing program.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership administered the program for the City of Tiffin during this round of funding, and facilitated the selection of the project with the coordination of municipal elected officials and staff, Tiffin City Council members, the Tiffin Community Development Committee and other stakeholders. Seneca County has its own allocation amount, separate from the City of Tiffin, which is administered by Seneca Regional Planning Commission.

City of Tiffin Engineer’s Office provided the preliminary design services and will provide additional engineering services throughout the project that will save significant costs and allow more funds to be used for construction.

The application was submitted June 17, 2020, to the State of Ohio Office of Community Development, following authorization from Tiffin City Council on June 15, 2020.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Nature Trails is a great asset to citizens it serves, but this funding will provide for a much needed update at the park. I’m grateful that we have the opportunity to invest in our community without having to put the expense on the city’s budget.”

Dedication of Tiffin’s spectacular urban park as ‘National Corner’

Press Release submitted by National Machinery LLC

Downtown Tiffin, Ohio, has made a major splash in its continuing renaissance.  Thanks to the philanthropy and community activism of National Machinery LLC, its foundation, and its founding family, a stunning downtown park with a creative splash pad area has opened to the public. Located just one block from the main intersection of downtown Tiffin, the 2.5 acre East Green complex is the vision of Andrew Kalnow, the CEO and major owner of National Machinery, a 145-year old manufacturing firm that is a global leader in cold forming equipment and technology.

Last year saw the completion of the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green, a uniquely designed outdoor performance venue that sports curvilinear tiers, perimeter walls, and open green space.  A summer concert series has been organized to stage at the amphitheater top quality music performances by musicians from the greater region.  (See the website for more information and photos of the amphitheater:

On August 19 the companion urban park to the amphitheater was dedicated as “National Corner.”  The park boasts the same curvilinear architectural style as the amphitheater, as well as a smaller pavilion for public restrooms that matches the large stage pavilion at the adjacent amphitheater.  A high tech splash pad is the main feature of the park with a repertoire of several programs and a colored light fountain display at night. The splash pad area even has its own mini amphitheater hugging the aquatic area. The park is richly landscaped with various flower beds spread along the curvilinear perimeter wall, as well as a secluded garden with waterfall to be discovered and enjoyed.

Throughout the day over 1200 people visited the East Green to partake in the ongoing events including the “National Corner” dedication and celebration, and music fest at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater.  The East Green complex that includes both the new National Corner urban park and the amphitheater is owned and overseen by the East Green Foundation.

For further information, contact:

Nichole Schalk-Tiell

Senior Marketing Specialist

National Machinery LLC