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Seneca County Commissioners hear update from Chamber of Commerce

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Tiffin, Ohio — The Seneca County Board of Commissioners heard a positive tourism update from Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Destination Seneca County personnel Thursday morning.

Chamber Executive Director Bryce Riggs reported that bed tax revenues were up 12.52 percent in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. He said bed tax receipts in the second quarter of 2022 were the highest ever recorded and that three of the last four quarters have seen all-time quarterly records.

Stakeholder Relations and Marketing Manager Marisa Stephens reviewed marketing strategies and statistics, including that the organization’s Facebook reach has been above 1.3 million from January through July.

Commissioner Tyler Shuff thanked the team for their report.

“Keep up the good work,” Shuff said.

In other business, Commissioner Mike Kerschner informed the public that the next Seneca County EMS stakeholder meeting that was scheduled for Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center is still on, but it only is a meeting of the Seneca County Joint Ambulance District.

The commissioners previously hosted the night meetings as official board sessions, but this Sept. 1 meeting will not be a meeting of the board.

The SCJAD is working on promoting a 2.5-mill levy that is expected to be on the ballot this November for those who live in the townships and villages that joined the countywide joint ambulance district.

In other action, Commissioner Anthony Paradiso previewed a Thursday night event at the Seneca County Museum.

At 7 p.m. Thursday at the museum, Paul Coffman, from the Tiffin Glass Museum, is to present a program on the history of glass in Tiffin and Seneca County.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Mr. Coffman and the Tiffin Glass Museum. Although the Seneca County Museum has a large collection of Tiffin Glass, this is Paul’s area of expertise. Unlike the Seneca County Museum which has vast collections on many subjects and people, the Glass Museum has a specialized concentration,” said museum director Theresa Sullivan.

The commissioners encouraged the public to attend the presentation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

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