Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Nick Dutro earns prestigious economic development credential

Via Ohio Economic Development Association

COLUMBUS, Ohio – July 13, 2021 – Michael Loges, President of the Ohio Economic Development Association, announced that Nick Dutro, Economic Development Manager for the Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership, has been awarded the Ohio Certified Economic Developer (OhioCED) credential.

“The OhioCED professional credential attests the depth and breadth of an economic development professional’s knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge to the benefit of their community or organization,” Loges said. “Nick has achieved a level of professional skill and performance that places him among the top economic developers in Ohio.”

Loges also congratulated David Zak, President and CEO of the Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership, for recognizing that economic development is critical to their community and advancing the skills of their professional staff.

Dutro joined TSEP in 2019 after a 10-year career with The Advertiser-Tribune as a reporter and Sunday editor. At TSEP, he was involved in major projects at Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Dorel Home and TH Plastics, and has helped Tiffin-Seneca Micropolitan reach a ranking of No. 4 nationally in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects out of the 581 micropolitans in the U.S. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio Northern university.

The Ohio Economic Development Association is the professional association for economic developers in Ohio. The certification program courses are offered through the Ohio Economic Development Institute, OEDA’s flagship professional development program. Earning the Ohio Certified Economic Developer is a rigorous, multi-year process. To be certified, an economic developer must complete more than 70 hours of core coursework, 24 hours of elective coursework, and complete a Capstone project. The Ohio Economic Development Institute program was created in partnership with JobsOhio, the state’s economic development organization, and Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service in 2016.

TSEP hires new Operations Manager

Tiffin University business graduate and successful nonprofit administrator to start July 12

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 29, 2021 – After a three-month state and national search, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is proud to announce that Corrina Haynes will be joining as the first Operations Manager in the organization’s history. Haynes will be starting in her new role on Monday, July 12, and will be working at TSEP’s offices at 96 S. Washington St. in the heart of historic downtown Tiffin.

“I am excited to be joining this great organization and look forward to being a part of making a big impact on the lives of people in Tiffin and rural Seneca County,” Haynes said. “I am eager to put my passion for nonprofit work, love for this community, and administrative and business skills to use supporting the team. I want to help continue the great growth we’ve seen here in recent years.”

A Tiffin resident and 2021 graduate of Tiffin University with a degree in business administration, Haynes is leaving her current full-time administrative and victim advocate position at First Step – Wood, Wyandot, Seneca & Sandusky Counties, a family resource center that provides a variety of services runs the first domestic violence shelter built in Ohio and the fourth one built in the nation. There, Haynes was responsible for assisting with helping clients access resources, company reporting, information technology, fundraising strategy and implementation, volunteer recruitment and management, social media and external communications, file and document management, scheduling, staff support, and communicating with stakeholders on a variety of issues.

In addition to working for First Step, Haynes also has volunteered the past few years as a special advocate and guardian ad litem with CASA of Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties, where she works with the courts and significant people in a child’s life to ensure the best interests of the child are protected. Haynes also has experience in the retail sector, executing merchandising and customer experience strategy for Lowe’s.

“It has taken about a year to get to this point,” said TSEP President & CEO David Zak. “After months of strategic planning, budgeting, developing the position, we received submissions from 33 candidates, which was narrowed down to 12 we interviewed. Three finalists then met with our board of directors, and at the end of it all, Corrina was clearly the best choice. We are so fortunate to have her join our team.”

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.

TSEP publishes its annual report for 2020

Success Report surveys last year’s activities and development results for 2020

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 10, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announces the publication of the largest annual report in its history, which is being made free and available to the public. The report can immediately be viewed in flipbook format online at www.tsepreport.com and a hard copy can be obtained at the TSEP offices at 96 S. Washington St. free of charge beginning next week. The 2020 Success Report was pre-released at TSEP’s annual meeting on June 3.

Like previous years, the Success Report covers industrial, commercial, downtown, workforce, entrepreneurship, community, and rural development. In 2020, there was $92 million in new investment and 459 new jobs announced.

For the first time ever, the report also provides a deeper dive into the non-profit economic development organization’s activities and strategy, including how they facilitate projects, manage programs, build capacity, support local businesses, and market the community. In addition, it discusses how TSEP assisted businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. It also highlights the 70 members and supporters of the organization.

“This really serves as a marketing piece for the community,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, who also serves on TSEP’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. “It clearly communicates that during one of the most challenging years on record, we were able to lead the nation and state in economic and downtown development. Something special is happening here.”

Seneca County Commissioner and TSEP Board and Executive Committee member Mike Kerschner agreed, “The report shows that our culture of working together to move the community forward is seeing great results – even in very difficult times. It also lays out our innovative, comprehensive, and strategic approach to development.”

The report can be viewed at www.tsepreport.com.

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.

Projects announced, award winners named at TSEP annual meeting

459 new jobs, $92 million in new investment announced in 2020

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 3, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership held its Annual Meeting June 3, 2021, at Heidelberg University’s Seiberling Gymnasium. The event celebrated the successes of 2020 in the areas of Commercial and Industrial Development, Downtown Tiffin, Workforce Development, Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Community Development.

There were many projects from 2020 highlighted at the event. In 2020, there was $92 million in announced investment and 459 new jobs to be created.

Economic Development Manager Nick Dutro announced Sonoco Products Inc. has broken ground on a new expansion of its facility at 60 Heritage Drive. Clouse Construction, the design build general contractor for the project, is adding 46,600 square feet to the building, including a new office and conference room and a warehouse. This is now the third expansion for the company, which has 90 employees in Tiffin.

Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart announced a new survey that opened to help educate, inform and to better the Downtown Tiffin Revitalization Program to strategically target new businesses. Find the survey at http://tiffinsurvey.com/. Those who respond can be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate from 22 MRKT or the Renaissance of Tiffin.

Also during the event, the TSEP Awards were presented to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the recognition.

Award winners at the 2020 annual meeting include:
• Partnership in Development Award – Tiffin and Seneca CARES Act Small Business Relief Grant – City of Tiffin, Seneca County, Village of Bettsville, Village of Green Springs, Bloom Township, Clinton Township Eden Township, Hopewell Township and Pleasant Township
• Economic Development Award – Dorel – Ameriwood
• Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Handshoe Cakes and Cookies
• Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Bill & Kelli Jones
• Outstanding Business – MST Pub
• Outstanding Business – Buffalo Wild Wings
• Lifetime Achievement Award – Heidelberg University and Tiffin University
• Special Recognition – John & Linda Detwiler
• President’s Award – Beth Schweitzer

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-Seneca Economic Partnership releases Jobs & Investment Report

Results from the first such business survey show recovery, growth plans

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 5, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it is releasing its first Jobs & Investment Report. The report summarizes the results of their Jobs & Investment Survey launched in January 2021 and promoted in partnership with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Twenty-five businesses employing more than 2,700 workers participated. The full report can be viewed at tiffinseneca.org (or by clicking here).

Key takeaways from the survey included:

  • There was good representation from rural Seneca County (proportionally speaking), with 40 percent having a location in the villages and townships.
  • Participating businesses (as a whole) reduced their workforce by 8.4 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They hired more than half of the jobs lost back by the beginning of 2021. It also indicates businesses have not (as a whole) recovered to where they were at the beginning of 2020.
  • More than ¾ of the businesses are planning to hire (76 percent) and/or train their workers (84 percent) meaning workforce development continues to be a priority.
  • Investment plans for 2021 ($66 million) are in line with a robust 2020 ($70 million).
  • Two-thirds of the businesses are thinking about making changes to their space/facility (64 percent).

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the results: “This is further evidence that our businesses are in a strong recovery and that they are continuing to plan to invest and hire. We applaud their grit and growth and want to do everything we can to support them.”

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner concurred, “I’m pleased that all businesses throughout Seneca County are continuing to rebound from a difficult 2020 and that they plan to grow. We will continue to make smart investments to promote jobs and positive development for our residents.”

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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership to hold free annual meeting on East Green

Economic development organization kicks off month long celebration on June 3

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 5, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it will be holding its annual meeting at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheatre on the East Green on June 3, 2021. For the first time ever, this event will be held outdoors and be free and open to the public. Throughout the month of June TSEP will be highlighting the projects, the partners, and the people that help drive the economy forward.

The event is outdoors, and and attendees are asked to follow all CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available.

No dinner will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) drinks to the venue and vendors will be on site to purchase food. Seating will start at 5 p.m., with the event starting at 6 p.m. and finishing by 8 p.m. To RSVP and secure your seating, visit tsep2021.com (or click here).

TSEP President & CEO David Zak said, “This past year has been historic in so many ways, and we have been so inspired by our local businesses, government, and private. We want to recognize their efforts, while at the same time dreaming big for that future. This year, we’re inviting the entire community to dream with us.”

The event will feature several speakers in five-to-ten-minute segments:

  • Austin Brooks, Executive Director at the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship (Effingham, IL)
  • Craig Gossman, Owner of the Gossman Group and Board Member of Heritage Ohio (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership (Toledo, Ohio)
  • The TSEP Team (Carol Owen, Audrey Flood, Nick Dutro, Amy Reinhart, David Zak)

Topics will include the incredible challenges of the coronavirus; the best year ever for economic development; recognition and transformation for downtown Tiffin; innovation in entrepreneurship and workforce development found nowhere else in Ohio; community development engaging the public like never before.

Throughout the evening, TSEP will recognize and honor several businesses, organizations, and partners with the following awards:

  • Partnership in Development Award
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
  • Economic Development Award
  • Outstanding Business of the Year Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Special Recognition Award
  • President’s Award

TSEP Chair of the Board of Trustees Dean Keller echoed Zak’s sentiment: “Although 2020 was one of the most difficult years in recent memory, the resilience, commitment, and strength of our community came shining through. The annual meeting is a place to highlight our achievements and talk about how we’re planning to move our community and its economy forward.”

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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership opens search for Operations Manager

Newly created position needed to continue the strong momentum

  • To view the position description, click here.

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 29, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it has launched a search to fill its newly created position of Operations Manager. Position description and requirements can be found at tsepsearch.com. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted by email only to tsepsearch@tiffinseneca.org until 5 p.m. June 14, 2021.   

TSEP President & CEO David Zak was excited to make the announcement. “Each member of our team believes in our mission and appreciates being able to work hard every day to make this a great place to live, work and run a business. Our biggest challenge is sustaining our pace. We are currently leading and managing 84 initiatives, 184 projects, 13 committees, and 140 volunteers with no administrative or operational support. A much-needed internally-focused addition to the team sets us up for long-term success.”

Since 2014, TSEP has expanded from two full-time staff focusing on four primary development areas to a team of five plus interns and other third-party service providers, handling the following 17 areas of activity:

  • Amy Reinhart: Downtown Development & Revitalization, Main Street.
  • Carol Kern: Employer Recruitment & Training, Workforce Development, Business Outreach.
  • Nick Dutro: Industrial, Commercial, Residential, Real Estate Development; Media Relations.
  • Audrey Flood: Entrepreneurship, Community, Rural Development; Social Media; Administrative.
  • David Zak: Organizational, Tech-Based, International Development; Strategic Planning.

Dean Keller, President of the First National Bank of Sycamore and Chair of TSEP’s Board of Directors, believes the timing is right, “Our passionate, dedicated, and talented leaders on the TSEP team are accomplishing more than at any time since its creation in 1983. The board is committed to continuing the quality and quantity of our work, and therefore unanimously supports the hiring of a new Operations Manager to allow TSEP to do just that.”

Since 2014, TSEP has achieved the following external results, among others:

  • Ranked every year in the top two percent nationally for economic development with 42 large projects.
  • Helped create 2,000 new jobs and attract $422 million in new investment.
  • Made 1,262 calls on businesses, inventoried 175 business resources, and logged 649 projects.
  • Created four new incentive programs, administered eight others, and built a speculative building.
  • Received state Main Street accreditation every year since 2015 and national since 2017.
  • Received 8 state awards for downtown revitalization and one honorable mention.
  • Helped locate 70 businesses and facilitate almost 100 façade projects in downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, a member of TSEP’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, supports the search: “The results speak for themselves. We have a top-notch aggressive and innovative economic, downtown and community development organization, and we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas. The Operations Manager is the next logical step to continuing the momentum.”

Since 2014, TSEP has achieved the following internal results, among others:

  • Led the creation of 14 strategic plans and studies, and a community branding initiative.
  • Issued 262 press releases, generating 402 digital and print and 47 television stories.
  • Built a Facebook page with 6,000+ likes, 929 posts, a reach of 2.2 million, and 8.3 million impressions.
  • Published 148 e-mail newsletters with twice the average open rate for non-profits (30-50%).
  • For members and the board, provided 297 updates, held 30 events, and published 15 reports.
  • More than doubled both public support and private fundraising and built over 6 months of reserves.
  • Increased the number of volunteers from 30 to 140, the number of committees from four to 13.

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner, also a member of TSEP’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, also strongly supports this action. “TSEP works extremely hard to promote our community, communicate with stakeholders, and drive economic growth. I appreciate their sound and fiscally conservative approach to running the organization, and I am confident this new addition to the team will have a great return on investment.” 

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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

TSEP, Chamber moving to the heart of Downtown Tiffin

New offices across from Seneca County Justice Center

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 24, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services are announcing that the two organizations are moving their offices to 94 S. Washington St., across from the Seneca County Justice Center. The last day of operations at the Bradley Building, 19 W. Market St., is April 2.

By year’s end, TSEP and the Chamber intend to renovate the first floor of the new building to include a new Welcome Center for Destination Seneca County. While renovations are being completed, TSEP and the Chamber will be operating out of the second floor of the building, which will be accessible to the public during business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Built in 1881, 94-96 S. Washington Street is marked as the Grummel-Remmele Block. The building has had many tenants in its history, including American Discount and most recently as the American Institute of Massage Therapy.

TSEP, then Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., purchased the Bradley Building in 2010 and made that theirs and the Chamber’s offices for more than 10 years. This move brings the offices back into the heart of Downtown Tiffin, after having previously operated out of 62 S. Washington St.

TSEP President & CEO David Zak said with the announcement, “We are excited about the move and view it as a commitment to historic preservation, downtown Tiffin, and our partnership with the Chamber and Destination Seneca County.” Chamber Executive Director Bryce Riggs agreed, saying, “We are excited about this next evolution for the Chamber and tourism in Seneca County. We believe a new, upscale welcome center will be inviting and informative for visitors and residents alike.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the news, “TSEP and the Chamber are helping to drive business and visitor growth in our community. We congratulate them on the move.” Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner added, “It is fitting that TSEP, the Chamber, and Destination Seneca County move into the civic core of our county seat, across the street from Seneca County Justice Center, a testament to the collaboration that is helping drive us forward.”

During the move, the best way to contact TSEP or Chamber staff is by email, which can be found at their respective websites.

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.

About the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

For over a century, the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services has been the trusted source of knowledge and support for area businesses. As innovators who find new ways of getting things done, we are staying up to date on economic, community, and technological developments. The Chamber wants their members to thrive, raising the bar for growth and prosperity in Seneca County. Learn more at www.TiffinChamber.com.

Tiffin-Seneca micropolitan ranks 4th nationally for economic development

Site Selection ranking is the community’s highest ever

Cover of the March 2021 edition of Site Selection magazine.

TIFFIN, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. jointly announced today that Seneca County has placed No. 4 nationally in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects out of the 581 micropolitans in the US. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978 and top non-metro counties with an urban center between 10,000 and 50,000 since 2004.

This is the 10th year in a row that the Tiffin-Seneca micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally, and the sixth time it has placed in the top 10. In 2020, Seneca County was ranked No. 6. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

Seneca County had 11 qualifying projects including American Plastics and Church and Dwight in rural Seneca County; Dorel Home Furnishings, MBDS, TH Plastics and Webster Industries in Tiffin; and Ohio Logistics, Mennel Milling Company and Roppe Holding Company in Fostoria.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited to hear the news. “This ranking is further proof of the great things happening here in Tiffin. We are proud to be recognized again by Site Selection Magazine.” Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “I’m proud that Fostoria was again recognized by Site Selection for the continued growth in our community.” Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner added: “I’m proud that Seneca County has achieved its highest-ever ranking, and I congratulate everyone who contributed toward this great success.”

“Despite the disruptions of 2020, Tiffin, Seneca County, and all of Northwest Ohio stayed focused in putting the needs of businesses first while continuing to build a conducive climate for their success. And the results of those efforts show in the outstanding rankings in Site Selection magazine,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership.

This year, Ohio and Texas won the Governor’s Cups, Ohio for most projects per capita in 2020 and Texas for having the most qualified projects of any state for the ninth straight year. The entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay and Hancock County taking the number one micropolitan slot. Sandusky County placed seventh, Crawford and Defiance Counties were tied for 55th, Lima tied for 4th place for metropolitans with less than 200,000 population and Toledo tied for first for mid-metropolitans.

To mark the occasion, Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation and TSEP hosted a joint press conference today at Terra State Community College. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague; State Sen. Bill Reineke; State Rep. Gary Click; the mayors of Bellevue, Clyde, Fostoria, Fremont and Tiffin; Ron Schumacher, President of Terra State Community College; Dean Monske; Beth Hannam, Executive Director of SCEDC; and David Zak, President and CEO of TSEP, all spoke during the event.

More information can be found at siteselection.com.

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.com.

About the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

Established in 1956 as the Fostoria Community Industrial Association, the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Fostoria and surrounding area in Hancock, Wood, and Seneca Counties, which consistently rank among the top counties nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Fostoria at www.fostoriaedc.org.

Seneca CARES Small Business Relief Program opens

Businesses can apply for grants up to $10,000

TIFFIN, Ohio – Oct. 23, 2020 – Seneca County announced that the application process for the Seneca CARES Small Business Relief Program, which provides small businesses in Seneca County, including the cities of Fostoria and Tiffin, with financial relief from loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is to open next week. For businesses in Tiffin and Seneca County, the program opens at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and close at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. For business in Fostoria, program guidelines and restrictions will be available on Monday, Oct. 26, and applications will be available on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. The program was approved by the Seneca County Board of Commissioners on Oct. 22, and is being administered by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Fostoria Economic Development Corporation. $500,000 is being allocated to the program.

Each applicant business must complete the online application during the application period; paper applications will neither be available nor accepted.

  • For Tiffin and Seneca County businesses, applications can be found at senecacares.com. Businesses with between two and 30 employees are eligible for grants up to $10,000 and businesses with less than two employees are eligible for grants up to $5,000. After funds are allocated for businesses in rural Seneca County and non-profit business in the City of Tiffin, Tiffin businesses who received $6,000 and $3,000 under the Tiffin CARES program will be eligible for up to an additional $4,000 and $2,000 respectively. Announcements of funding are to be made on or before Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. If there are more eligible requests than available funds, the winners will be drawn by lottery.
  • For businesses in Fostoria, applications will be available at fostoriaedc.org. Businesses with between two and 30 employees are eligible for grants up to $10,000 and businesses with less than two employees are eligible for grants up to $5,000. Announcements of funding are to be made on or before Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. If there are more eligible requests than available funds, the winners will be drawn by lottery.

Several townships and villages throughout the county also have chosen to dedicate additional CARES Act funding toward their local businesses. These include Hopewell Township, Clinton Township, Eden Township, Bloom Township and the Village of Bettsville.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “We felt it was necessary to distribute funding to those who are specifically affected right now. We are thinking of the waiters and waitresses, theater employees and people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. We need to make sure we positively affect as many people as possible.”

For additional information and program guidelines for Fostoria businesses, visit fostoriaedc.org or email president@fostoriaedc.org. For information on the general program and guidelines, visit senecacares.com or email senecacares@tiffinseneca.org, where responses are typically provided within one business day and posted to a Frequently Asked Questions page at senecacares.com. Additionally, a series of public, online meetings are planned. Login at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/339384213, or call (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 339-384-213. These will be recorded and made available for viewing at senecacares.com. Meeting times are:

  • Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 at noon
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.