1. SIEDC has developed and marketed industrial sites (Northstar Industrial Park, Eagle Rock Business Park, Airport Industrial Park)
2. SIEDC has developed a shell building program to attract new jobs and investment (Sonoco Products, Owens Corning, Quick Tab II- Northstar; Seves USA-Eagle Rock)
3. SIEDC has an active retention and expansion program for local business
4. SIEDC encourages a community attitude supportive of growth and development.
1. SIEDC distributes materials world-wide which project our area as a preferred business location and place to live.
1. SIEDC administers City of Tiffin Revolving Loan Funds and Venture Capital Funds and works with other business funding sources provided by the State of Ohio, United States Department of Agriculture, and SST Port Authority.
Site and Community Data
1. SIEDC maintains a computerized list of available industrial and commercial buildings and land and shares this information throughout its network at the state and regional level.
2. SIEDC provides demographic information that it can customize to meet individual customer needs.
Infrastructure development that has lead to new jobs and investment
1. SIEDC has lead the development of Northstar Industrial Park and Eagle Rock Business Park. SIEDC obtained grants from the State of Ohio to construct portions of the roadway at Northstar and Tyber Road leading to Eagle Rock. SIEDC obtained planning funds from Ohio Power to do the preliminary site work at Eagle Rock. SIEDC negotiated with the utilities to get easements resolved and lines installed. SIEDC obtained and EDA grant for sewer extensions at the Airport Industrial Park.
2. SIEDC worked to develop an annexation agreement between the City of Tiffin and its surrounding neighbor townships: Clinton, Eden, and Hopewell that allowed for shared revenue and helped eliminate annexation disputes that held back growth. This was the first such agreement in Ohio.
3. SIEDC pushed the need to extend sewers along the west, east and south of Tiffin aiding future development. Because of theses sewer extensions, new development is occurring in Tiffin.
4. SIEDC sees the need for safer and more efficient highways and is leading the way with a comprehensive study that was funded by the City of Tiffin, Seneca County Commissioners, and SIEDC to improve access to SR 23; SR 30; Interstate 75; Interstate 80/90 and will greatly reduce the risk of accidents.
We solve the very difficult
1. SIEDC worked for 7 years to develop a plan and find a developer for the Shawhan Hotel. The building had been vacant for 20 years following a fire. The plan provided $6.2 million in new investment and over 50 new jobs to the downtown. SIEDC was also able to leverage local grant dollars and private investors to help with various phases of the project.
2. SIEDC was able to obtain funding from the Ohio EPA to clean-up the Glasshouse Property in Tiffin. This former brownfield will now be put back into productive use and allow Tiffin Paper Company to expand. It also removes an eyesore and potential hazard from the community.
We succeed in recruiting new companies to the community
1. Northstar Industrial Park is full
2. The Airport Industrial Park is full
3. SEVES USA, American Fine Sinter, Owens Corning, Taiho Corp. of America, Sonoco Products Company, Toledo Molding & Die, Centrex Plastics, LLC
We work with existing companies to expand their business
1. SIEDC has helped to provide a number of different services to help many existing businesses in Tiffin and Seneca County. This help has come in the form of tax abatements, financing assistance, and worker training. Among the list of those that have been assisted: American Standard, Ameriwood OEM, Tiffin Metal Products, Webster Manufacturing, Quick Tab II, Seneca Medical Inc., Atlas Industries, National Machinery LLC, Laminate Technologies
We work to obtain grants for various community organizations
1. For the past 15 years, SIEDC has worked to obtain grant funding amounting to over $4 million for various community organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Tiffin City Schools, SCAT, City of Tiffin, Seneca County
1. Tiffin was the first community to receive the Red Carnation Award presented by the Ohio Development Association for its outstanding economic development program.
2. Tiffin was recognized as one of “100 Best Small Towns in America” by Site Selection Magazine, a nationally published economic development journal.
3. Tiffin was recognized as one of Ohio’s growth communities by Ohio Magazine.
4. The City of Tiffin and SIEDC received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Economic Development from the State of Ohio for the redevelopment of the Shawhan.
5. Policom Corp. a Florida based economic development organization that provides statistical information regarding economic strength for communities, large and small, throughout the United States, rates the Tiffin economy from 2004 through 2008 as the most improved in Ohio among the micropolitan communities. In fact, Tiffin’s economy is the only micropolitan in Ohio that has improved every year from 2004 through 2008. Other notable micros are Findlay, Defance, Fremont, Norwalk, Wooster, Sidney, Ashland, Marion, Zanesville, etc. There are 25 micros in Ohio and 577 nationwide.