Rob Huntington

Chipotle plans to open Tiffin store

chipotle foodDiverse Development signs lease with national restaurant chain

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 14, 2016 Diverse Development announced today that Chipotle Mexican Grill intends to open a store in Tiffin later this year in the center Diverse Development is planning to construct at the corner of West Market Street and Ashwood Road. The lease is contingent upon approval of a local tax exemption later this month.

Diverse Development President Ken Hicks complimented the city of Tiffin in making the announcement. “Tiffin’s growth over the past few years and business-friendly atmosphere has made it easy for me and national retailers like Chipotle to move forward with projects. We really appreciate the support we have received so far.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited with the news. “We’ve been aggressive in courting Chipotle and other businesses to come to town, and I am glad to see our efforts get rewarded. We welcome them with open arms and will do whatever we can to make it easy to come here.”

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the economic development non-profit for Tiffin and Seneca County, also confirmed today that the State of Ohio has officially approved the 70-acre Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) passed by Tiffin City Council in February, so they are now able to take applications. Diverse Development has submitted their application and is in the process of being scheduled to go to Council later this month. If approved, the project would move forward quickly, Hicks indicated.

Heidelberg President and SIEDC Chair Rob Huntington was also pleased with the announcement. “Our college students at Tiffin University and Heidelberg University, as well as our high school students and their families in town, have been wanting Chipotle to come here for years.  They will be very excited to hear this news!  It will improve student quality of life and provide another recognizable, well-liked brand for prospective students.”

About Chipotle

Established in 1993, Chipotle is a fast-casual dining chain focused on “Food with Integrity.” With more than 2,000 locations and 45,000 employees, Chipotle is a $4.5 billion restaurant enterprise specializing in Mission-style burritos made using high-quality, GMO-free, naturally grown and raised ingredients, and classic cooking techniques. The restaurants are also known for their distinctive interior design.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

David Zak steps down as SIEDC President & CEO

David ZakLocal leader to join Tiffin University in new position

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 24, 2015 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) announced today that its President & CEO David Zak is resigning from the public-private partnership effective September 11, 2015 to join Tiffin University as its new Vice President for University Advancement and Economic Development (UAED).

Zak will start in his new role on September 14, and the search for a new leader for SIEDC will begin within the next week or two.

Heidelberg University President and SIEDC Chair Rob Huntington praised David for his accomplishments and wished him well: “It is remarkable what David has accomplished at SIEDC in only 20 months. I admire his economic development expertise, strong communication skills, and community leadership savvy. We will surely miss him at the helm. At the same time, I’m confident that we won’t lose any steam. In addition, David will intensify Tiffin University’s involvement in local economic, community, and downtown development, and Heidelberg will also have another strong ally at Tiffin University, which can’t but strengthen the universities’ relationship.”

Zak was quick to praise his team, the board, and members of his organization for the community’s recent economic resurgence. “I feel my biggest contribution was to help develop one of the strongest economic, downtown, and community development teams in the country. Karen, Amy, Katie, and Bryce are amazing individuals, and I will truly miss working with them on a daily basis. Add to that an incredibly committed board of trustees, committees, and volunteers, and it’s no wonder so much has gotten done.

I am also incredibly proud of the increased commitment and ongoing support for this organization public officials and private business members have made. They are responsible for the success we’ve been seeing. People here care deeply about the future and are willing to invest and sacrifice to make it better. It’s one of the things that make Tiffin and Seneca County great.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was surprised by the news but enthusiastic about the future. “During my time as Mayor, David and SIEDC have been an ideal partner, helping to supercharge downtown, retail, and industrial development. Tiffin is on the move, and more than 1,000 new jobs and $100 million over the last three years is the result. We’re the strongest we’ve ever been financially and the future is as bright as ever. I don’t believe we’re losing David; I believe we’re gaining an incredible partner who is going to help take Tiffin University to a whole new level – and our community will benefit immensely from that. Full speed ahead.”

Zak intends to represent Tiffin University and be active on SIEDC’s and other local boards engaged in economic development, ensure the transition is smooth, and promises to work as part of SIEDC’s board to recruit the best economic development talent out there to take his place. “Tiffin University and I will also strengthen our support for SIEDC, and I will do everything in my power to ensure the momentum continues,” Zak added.

Seneca County Commissioner and SIEDC Executive Committee member Fred Zoeller also praised Zak’s broad-based approach. “Zak built bridges and strengthened relationships not only in Tiffin, but also with Fostoria and businesses throughout the entire county. His efforts and the efforts of SIEDC have made Seneca County a stronger and better place. I’m glad he’s staying here, and I also look forward to recruiting a new leader.”

Zak will be heading up Tiffin University’s Office of University Advancement and Economic Development (UAED), which expands the development office to include not only the traditional functions of institutional advancement, public relations, alumni relations, government relations, and marketing with leadership in local, regional and national economic development. One new area for the university will be the creation of national centers of excellence in technology and entrepreneurship that will help spur research, company formation, capital attraction, and job creation.

SIEDC Vice Chair Andy Felter, President & CEO of Webster Industries and a Tiffin University alumnus commented, “I believe strongly in SIEDC, in Tiffin University and in David Zak. This move is a no-lose scenario for the community, and I’m truly pleased we get to keep his talents here in Tiffin and Seneca County working to make it a better place. I wish him and TU nothing but the best. It’s an inspired choice.”

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.