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TSEP’s Nick Dutro earns prestigious economic development credential




Nick Dutro (Photo submitted)

Tiffin, Ohio — 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 them 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.

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