Tiffin economic development

How to start a food business in Tiffin

Phat CakesWith the influx of new businesses in Tiffin, many of which are food related, we would like to provide information on starting that process. This is a guide describing the steps to opening your food business. This process is required for starting a new food or beverage establishment, a remodeled or altered establishment, when there is a change of ownership or when an establishment has been closed for more than a year.

1. How to Begin: In the Guide to Starting a Food Business you will find a complete description of the process, time frame, fee schedule, additional permit contacts, required equipment and a final inspection checklist. The packet also contains a Review Application which must be completed by the business owner.

2. Submission: To obtain your license, you must submit a set of plans, the completed application and plan review fees to the Seneca County General Health District (SCGHD), which has 30 days to review those items. When plans are approved, the owner must contact the SCGHD to set up a pre-licensing inspection.

3. Pre-licensing Inspection: This inspection will take place after all equipment is in place, cleaning is done and all required inspections are completed by the building, plumbing, electrical and fire agencies.

Please see the Program Guidelines for all of the rules and regulations and/or contact Nicki Rumaschlag with the SCGHD at 419.447.3691 ext. 348 with any questions you may have.

Downtown Summit speakers, additional topic announced

With the Downtown Summit  a little over a week away, we’d like to give an update on what to expect and some background on our expert speakers.

Lisa Patt-McDanielWe are excited to announce that a fourth topic, housing, has been added to the agenda. Lisa Patt-McDaniel will apply her experience in housing and development to downtown Tiffin. Lisa joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in 2011 as Director of Community Development. She is responsible for developing relationships and services related to community development, including working with cities and in rural areas around housing issues such as vacant housing, leveraging local community development resources, and convening community development officials around common issues.

Terry FoeglerThe town and gown presenter will be Terry Foegler, President of Terry Foegler & Associates LLC. Terry is a public and private sector planning and development professional experienced in strategic planning, university and municipal planning and real estate, development policy formulation, public administration, complex mixed-use project implementation, public-private development partnerships, economic development, innovative development financing and neighborhood/urban revitalization. His former positions include Director of Strategic Initiatives/Special Projects for the City of Dublin, Associate Vice President, Physical Planning and Real Estate at the Ohio State University, City Manager of Dublin, Ohio, and President of Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment at OSU.

Tedd HardestyTedd Hardesty, ASLA, will be speaking about placemaking strategies. Tedd is a Founding Partner of EDGE and brings over 24 years of experience as an urban designer and landscape architect to his project work. He specializes in the visioning and planning of a wide-range of environments including neighborhoods, campuses, open space systems, and downtowns.  He believes that the physical environment is the foundation for healthy living and that all places should be economically, socially, and environmentally successful.  His recent work includes planning and design projects for Downtown Columbus, Downtown Davenport (Iowa), and the Cleveland Metropark System.

Craig GossmanCraig Gossman, AIA, NCARB, will also weigh in on placemaking. Craig is the owner and principal of Gossman Group Planning & Design and a partner with Source3 Development. Craig has over 35 years of experience in urban design, planning, historic preservation and architecture. He has worked with a variety of clients nationally including city and county municipalities, retail and commercial center developers, and historic property owners. Craig employs a holistic approach to strategic planning by considering the balance between social and economic goals and their impact on physical design for long-term sustainability and timeless placemaking. He has developed strategic vision plans, urban revitalization plans and master plans for numerous communities and mixed-use projects.

Brad StraderTransportation will be covered by Brad Strader, PTP, AICP. Brad is an Institute of Transportation Engineers certified transportation planner.  He has over 25 years of experience in comprehensive planning, downtowns, parking, corridor planning, redevelopment projects, campus planning, and linking land use with transportation.   He has been project manager on over 50 projects in ten states, and the transportation advisor on a number of downtown circulations studies and 1-way v 2-way street evaluations.

The Downtown Summit will be held April 6, 2015 from 4:30-8:15 p.m. at Heidelberg University’s Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please click here to register, or contact Bryce Riggs at 419.889.3932 or riggs@senecacounty.org.

You can also give your opinion on downtown Tiffin and future development by clicking here to take the SIEDC Downtown Survey.

Tiffin in top 10 nationally for economic development

I am very happy to be sending out this press release this morning:

Seneca County a top ten location in US for economic development

Tiffin’s seven projects with 210 new jobs ranks tenth out of 576 cities

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Laminate Technologies is a US company headquartered in Tiffin that finished up a $2M expansion last year.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 3, 2013 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Tiffin and Seneca County have placed in the top ten nationally on Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects. The rankings, which were released today (see press release), place Tiffin 10th on the list of 576 micropolitans, or counties with a central city between 10,000 and 50,000 in population. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

Although Tiffin and Seneca County consistently makes the top 100 and ranked 30th last year, this is the first time it has placed in the top 10. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, who just delivered the State of the City address on Tuesday night, was excited by the news: “This is just another example of how Tiffin is on the move.  Our positive momentum in industry, retail, education, and quality of life keeps building.”

Seneca County reached the top ten by registering seven major projects in 2013, involving the creation of 210 new jobs and $27 million in new investment. Eligible economic development projects must involve at least one of the following: the creation of 50 or more jobs, the construction of 20,000 square feet, and/or the investment of at least $1 million. The new or expanded facilities must also be in manufacturing, distribution, office, R&D, headquarters, or call centers.

One of the projects finished last year was a $2 million expansion by Laminate Technologies, a leading manufacturer of laminates to the kitchen cabinet, store fixture and furniture industries. Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller, who is also President & CEO of Laminate Technologies, said, “While I am pleased with the performance of all four of our plants around the country, with our Ohio facility and Tiffin workforce, we are able to do things that exceed the other plants.”

Joining Tiffin in the top 10 this year are Findlay and Fremont, making northwest Ohio the strongest region in the country for micropolitans. “We believe that northwest Ohio is getting some much deserved attention,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo. “It’s great to see Tiffin and Seneca County rise to the top nationally.”

Projects for announced, under construction or completed last year included the following:

Jobs

Investment

American Fine Sinter

$14,000,000

Ameriwood Industries

73

$2,000,000

Arnold Machine

10

$1,700,000

Jacobson Manufacturing

21

$2,000,000

Laminate Technologies

10

$2,000,000

Tiffin Metal Products

20

$2,000,000

Webster Industries

76

$3,000,000

Totals for 2013

210

$26,700,000

About the Seneca County Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC)

Established in 1983, SIEDC is a private, not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of attracting, retaining, and expanding business in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. It is also a partner of the northwest JobsOhio network, led by the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo.

Launch of new economic development newsletter

Seneca Success Mobile Monthly

Yesterday marked the official launch of the Seneca Success Mobile Monthly, a new electronic newsletter devoted to economic development and business resources for Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. This newsletter is available to anyone and everyone interested.

The Mobile Monthly will have four main features:

  • Commentary – I will provides some brief thoughts on a current topic or theme relevant to economic development.
  • Top Posts – this section will list the previous month’s five most popular blog posts from Seneca Success, a WordPress blog that highlights the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County.
  • In the News – this section will list five other stories from traditional and other media relevant, including the Advertiser-Tribune, the Fostoria Review Times, TiffinOhio.org, the Seneca News Daily, WTSC Seneca County Radio, 1430 WFOB, and others.
  • Featured Resources – every issue of the Mobile Monthly will feature five programs, people, or other resources that can help businesses grow and/or locate in our community. They will usually revolve around a particular theme.

If you missed our first issue (February 2014), you can catch it by clicking here.  You can sign up by clicking here, texting “SenecaSuccess” to 22828, or just let us know (commenting here, calling me at 419.912.1150, or emailing me at zak@senecacounty.org.