TSEP Success Report - 2020
THE TSEP TEAM ON A MISSION TO IMPROVE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH DEVELOPMENT
The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge negative impact on our local economy. The local small businesses that received CARES grants last year reported an average 45% decline in sales. In 2020, major employers cut their workforce by 8.4%. Unemployment grew from 4.7% in February 2020 to 21.3% in April. Yet, through it all, we held together. We saw inspiring citizen initiatives, thoughtful public policy, business grit and innovation, creative Chamber promotion, and collaborative grant programs. Now, unemployment is back to pre-pandemic levels. This March, we placed #4 nationally for economic development. Local tax revenue is stronger than it was before, and major employers have hired most of their workforce back and want to hire more. We’re amazed by this community and feel very proud to serve it.
DAVID R. ZAK PRESIDENT & CEO
Amy has led Tiffin’s down- town revitalization efforts since 2014, managing the city’s state- and nationally- accredited Main Street pro- gram and Facade Enhance- ment Grant program, which she developed. Amy is a certified Main Street Manager, has served on the Heritage Ohio Advisory Board, and has been recognized as the Main Street Manager of the Year. During her tenure, Downtown Tiffin has become one of the most decorated Main Street programs in the state. DIRECTOR OF DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION AMY REINHART
Nick joined TSEP in 2019, after a successful 9-year media career and with a strong desire to make posi- tive things happen for his community. Nick recently finished all the requirements to become the next Ohio Certified Economic Devel- oper and is one of the key reasons Tiffin-Seneca has achieved its highest national rankings for economic devel- opment in its history. Nick has also raised our market- ing and public relations to an entirely new level. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER NICK DUTRO
Audrey joined TSEP in 2019, after graduating with her Master’s in Public Adminis- tration from the Ohio State University. With a passion for public service and expe- rience working for multiple foundations, Audrey has already established strong rural relationships, is help- ing launch the first-in-Ohio CEO entrepreneurship pro- gram, and established Tif- fin’s first truly collaborative community development process we call “Dream Big, Tiffin.” DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: Community, Entrepreneurship, Rural Development AUDREY FLOOD
BUSINESS SERVICES CONSULTANT, Seneca County DJFS CAROL OWEN
Carol became an “adopted” member of the TSEP team in 2018, in a partnership with a Department of Job & Family Services seen nowhere else in the state. Carol’s drive to help companies find the tal- ent they need has resulted in hundreds of grants and services for companies, in- novative social media and video promotion, unique events like virtual job fairs, the manufacturing show- case, and the first state- sponsored apprenticeship program.
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