On behalf of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, welcome!
Sylvania is a fantastic place to work, live, and play – we are proud of all the resources available to residents, visitors, and businesses. The area is home to a dynamic array of companies, charming shops, and first-class restaurants. An excellent school system, recreation and entertainment opportunities, and excellent health facilities ensure a strong quality of life. In addition, community events instill a sense of community pride and there is a variety of activities for people of all ages. History is alive and well in tree city and this community directory will help you explore the area with information at your fingertips
I hope you enjoy your time in our charming community!
The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce was founded over 75 years ago by a handful of local community leaders to help foster business. It now boasts a membership of over 550 local businesses and individuals. The Sylvania Chamber helps provide strategic leadership that promotes a dynamic business community through the progress, expansion, well-being, and improvement of the Sylvania area.
A top priority of the Sylvania Chamber is to foster civic pride and promote Sylvania as the best community to live, work and play through several community-friendly events. Through these community events, we work to attract visitors from across Northwest Ohio and beyond.
Chamber Staff & Board of Directors
Tiffany Bosch – President/CEO
Ken Wines – Director of Membership
Brigid Steele – Administrative Assistant
Katie Fields, Inside the Five Brewing Co. - Chair
Betty Bassett, Five Lakes Church - Vice Chair
Dr. Veronica Motley, Sylvania Schools - Secretary
Joe Sofo, Sofo Foods - Treasurer
Tom Wulf, Premier Bank - Past Chair
Board of Directors:
Kevin Kenney, Kevin J. Kenney & Associates, LLC
Jeff Langenderfer, Buckeye State Bank
Neal Mahoney, Sylvania Township
Chrys Peterson, Chrys Peterson Consulting
Bill Sanford, City of Sylvania
Jan Watkins, Reeb Funeral Home
Lori Cannon, Edward Jones
Dr. Terry Keller, Lourdes University
Darrell Wachowiak, ProMedica Flower Hospital
Shawn Murphy, Advance Advertising
Taylor Carter, Nothing Bundt Cakes
Crystal Taylor, Crystal Clear Communications
Jane Wurth, Ragazza
Neighborhood Bridges Sylvania, a nonprofit organization that champions direct local giving, launched in Sylvania in December, 2021. Its mission is to “bridge” communities with schools in providing basic needs, removing barriers, and seeking equity for students so they can succeed in school and life.
Neighborhood Bridges is a network of Sylvania Schools’ teachers, counselors, and social workers, in addition to community resource members, to advocate for students and families with short- term needs. Requests are fulfilled through the use of technology, including social media posts and email notifications.
Neighborhood Bridges began in Westerville, Ohio and operates its “Gateway for Kindness” in more than 40 communities nationwide. For more information, visit https://neighborhoodbridges.org.
Heritage Sylvania preserves and celebrates Sylvania’s past through historic sites and archives. From the Lathrop House - the only Underground Railroad site open to the public in Northwest Ohio, to the Historic Village, it covers 150 years of history in the heart of downtown Sylvania.
Heritage Sylvania provides customized, hands-on programs for children and adults, in addition to ever-changing exhibits. For more information about hours, programs and history, visit www.heritagesylvania.org.
Since 1967, Sylvania Area Family Service, formerly known as Huntington Farms, has been serving the community in countless ways. As the largest 501(c)3 social service agency in Sylvania, Ohio, SAFS provides signature programs that positively impact over 12,000 individuals annually residing in the greater Sylvania community.
Vital services include a food pantry, hygiene distribution, health and wellness programs, personal care distribution, holiday assistance programs, a no-cost summer camp, school supply distribution, after-school tutoring, a Diversion Program, in collaboration with the Sylvania and Sylvania Township police, a community garden, and more. We collaborate with other organizations to offer additional joint services such as positive parenting classes, cultural enrichment, and initiatives focusing on improving mental health.
SAFS operates solely on donations, fundraising, grants, partnerships, and community support. To learn more, visit https://sa-fs.org/.
Since 1974, Sylvania Community Services (SCS) has served the youngest and the oldest in the community. In 2022, through SCS’ two programs Sylvania Child Care and Sylvania Senior Center, SCS delivered childcare and early childhood education programs to 400 children and offered socialization, recreational, educational and health-promotion activities to older adults who recorded nearly 30,000 engagement encounters at their center.
“Thanks to SCS, children enter kindergarten prepared to learn, parents take comfort knowing quality before/after school childcare is available and older adults in our community live healthier, more meaningful lives,” says Executive Director Sophia M. Lloyd.
Sylvania Community Services is a nonprofit organization established by the City of Sylvania, Sylvania Township and Sylvania School Board, and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of local community leaders.
Sylvania STEM Center shares it is “a place for fun, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) based activities.” The Center has programs for 1st- 12th grade and includes everything from competitive robotics teams, to summer programs, to after-school extracurriculars. It also has programs that bring STEM activities into the classroom.
The following programs are offered throughout the year.
Robotics teams (available fall and winter):
• 1-3rd grade – FIRST LEGO League Jr.; Intro to robotics and teamwork using WeDo robots.
• 4th-8th grade – FIRST LEGO League; Truly competitive robotics teams using SPIKE robots
• 7-12th grade – FIRST Tech Challenge; Teams transition from LEGO-based robots to 12v robots made from various materials.
• 9-12th grade – FIRST Robotics Competition; Premier robotics program. The team builds large 4’ tall 150 lb. robots.
Various summer camps are also popular during the summer and include activities for diverse age groups that range from an engineering academy, to block coding, robotic building challenges and more.
After-school extracurriculars and after-school programs are also available thanks to partnerships with several area schools/organizations.
Lourdes University is a Catholic and Franciscan institution established in 1958 by the Sisters of St. Francis. Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, Lourdes is known for its quality academic programs and personalized attention afforded to students. Located in Sylvania, Lourdes students appreciate the beautiful campus and all the opportunities available in their university’s hometown.
Accredited by nine national and regional academic organizations, students have a variety of majors to choose from in the arts and sciences, business and leadership, nursing, and the social sciences. The robust liberal arts education and Franciscan-inspired service learning component ensures students receive a holistic education.
Lourdes has played a vital role in educating this region’s citizens and families. Proud to serve as Sylvania’s university, Lourdes strives to nurture a diverse community that supports students in fulfilling their potential, and fosters personal integrity, ethical understanding, social responsibilities, care for creation, and a commitment to community service.
The university is an active member of the Sylvania community. Working closely with Sylvania Schools, Lourdes offers dual enrollment opportunities to high school students, and shares athletic facilities with Northview High School. Active in First Friday programming, the university especially enjoys the annual Red Bird, Gray Wolves First Friday event.
The Franciscan Center of Lourdes University offers excellent space for the greater community to hold events, meetings, musicals, plays, weddings and more. The Lifelong Learning program provides fun educational opportunities for those 55+. The sprawling park-like campus is open to Sylvania citizens looking to walk, bike or enjoy time outdoors.
Sylvania Schools Strive to Educate, Empower and Inspire
Sylvania Schools is a comprehensive PreK-12 public school district serving nearly 8,000 students across seven elementary, three junior high, and two high schools.
The district offers a rigorous course of study, allowing it to exceed both state and national standards. In addition, faculty and staff provide personal attention to educate and empower a diverse student population, beginning with all-day kindergarten and culminating with college-level and authentic career education programs. Students with unique needs, including physical and learning challenges as well as advanced cognitive ability, enjoy a support system tailored to their needs.
Sylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Veronica Motley states the district defines “excellence through opportunity” via its broad range of academic, art and athletic options. “This demonstrates the district’s commitment to serving each student at his or her interest and ability level, moving beyond the mere fundamentals,” she says.
In addition, it is the district’s mission to educate, empower and inspire students to reach their full potential as lifelong contributors to a global society.
“The mission is accomplished through core beliefs in the Whole Child, Inclusivity, Collaboration, ‘CommUnity,’ and Continuous Improvement,” Motley says. “These values support and guide the district’s vision to be the leading school district in Ohio. Sylvania Schools empowers each student to succeed.”
Where to Go
for Your Wellbeing
Residents in Sylvania, Sylvania Township and the surrounding areas have several health care options, including Mercy Health and ProMedica.
For 168 years, Mercy Health has built a legacy of providing expert, personalized health care through advanced treatments and cutting-edge technology.
With seven hospitals in the region, which include more than 350 health care providers and 130 points of care, Mercy Health provides faith-based care for residents in 20 counties throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
In Sylvania, Mercy Health – Sylvania Medical Center is a 24/7 emergency department which includes lab and imaging services.
“Building on our legacy that began in 1855 when our foundresses first came to the region, Mercy Health remains committed to working with our communities to provide the health and wellness services needed in the region,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “The Mercy Health – Sylvania Medical Center is an example of a nationally recognized facility that is uniquely positioned to offer Sylvania area residents prompt access to high-quality emergency care close to home. ”
ProMedica is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization focused on improving the health and well-being of people in Sylvania and across the country.
Throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, ProMedica provides care through outpatient facilities, urgent care centers, telehealth services and an ever-expanding network of employed providers.
In Sylvania, the ProMedica Flower Hospital, a division of ProMedica Toledo Hospital, is a 315-bed facility which provides both inpatient and emergent care. It is home to an emergency and Primary Stroke center, as well as the Hickman Cancer Center. It also provides adult inpatient psychiatric care.
“While we provide high-quality care and have an outstanding safety record, it’s really our people who make all the difference here at ProMedica Flower Hospital,” said Darrell Wachowiak, RN, BSN, MHA, president, ProMedica Flower Hospital.
“They go above and beyond every day to deliver compassionate care for our community members in their greatest time of need. ProMedica Flower Hospital is here to take care of you the way you deserve now and always!”
In sylvania and sylvania township at a glance
By Mike Danahey
According to Director of Economic Development William Sanford, the City of Sylvania’s (https://www.cityofsylvania.com/), services are divided between the Parks & Forestry, Zoning, Streets and Utilities Departments.
• Sanford shares these other quick facts about the city:
• Sylvania offers a green yard waste curbside pick-up for all residents and contracts with Republic Services for garbage collection.
• The city has a 1.5 percent income tax which it collects through its Department of Taxation.
• The Sylvania Municipal Court serves the City of Sylvania, the villages of Berkey and Holland and the townships of Sylvania, Richfield, Spencer and Harding.
• Sylvania follows a mayor-council form of government featuring the mayor, seven city council members and one council member presiding as president of the city council.
In addition, Sanford explains that the city’s Municipal Planning Commission oversees any new development and determines the best ways to use area lands.
The city has a population of just under 20,000, Sanford says, and it covers an area of approximately 6.5 miles.
“Sylvania Township is governed by an elected three-member board of trustees and fiscal officer, each elected for a four-year term. The day-to-day activities are overseen by a full-time administrator,” says Didion.
Sylvania Township, which includes the City of Sylvania, covers approximately 27.55 square miles. As of 2022, Sylvania Township had 50,679 residents, with 31,668 outside of the City of Sylvania and 19,011 living in the city.
The mission of the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation is to assist new and existing businesses to locate and grow in Sylvania, and has been in existence for over 45 years. The SACIC is a coalition of area business and community leaders and provides multiple services with the focus on enhancing the vibrancy of the Sylvania area community through economic development programs, community enhancement projects/studies and business assistance support.
The SACIC also provides guidance to local government and community organizations to address quality of life issues and serves as a facilitator for mutual city and township endeavors. The SACIC awards grant monies to local nonprofit organizations. The awarded grants should promote the mission of the organizations applying for funds.
Outdoor recreation options abound for area residents
Favorable weather means outdoor opportunities, and Sylvanians don’t lack for choices. Two local agencies offer an assortment of options for activities, adventure and relaxation.
Outdoor Sylvania is a locally governed agency charged with management and operation of Sylvan Prairie Park, Whetstone Park, Fossil Park, Olander Park and the Southview Oak Savanna.
Erika Buri, Executive Director of Outdoor Sylvania, said that the network of parks affords area residents tremendous variety, some of it unique to the area. Examples would include a remnant of a globally rare ecosystem and a place where people can dig for fossils from about 365 million years ago.
Buri said that the importance of local parks can’t be overstated in terms of the benefits for the community.
“Studies have shown that living closer to a park decreases your healthcare costs because you have easier access to the outdoors,” she said. “Not just for physical wellness but also for mental wellness. In general, parks really add significantly to a quality of life.”
The Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District (SAJRD)
SAJRD was created in 1988 as a partnership among the city of Sylvania, Sylvania Township and Sylvania School District to provide the Sylvania area with the highest quality recreational programs and facilities.
The organization and its affiliate agencies manage and maintain numerous local facilities, including Sylvania Pacesetter Park, Centennial Terrace, Centennial Quarry, Pummer Pool, Sylvania Tam-O Shanter and the Sylvania Sports and Exhibition Center. Opportunities for activities include everything from playing volleyball and basketball to skating, swimming, jogging and walking as well as concerts, festivals and tradeshows.
“Whether you are a longtime Sylvania resident or a visitor, you are sure to find something at one of the SAJRD facilities for you and your family,” said Mike McMahon, Executive Director for Sylvania Recreation.
The story of art unfolds in Sylvania – each chapter steeped in the rich history and diversity of the region. That is due in part to Sylvania Arts, a nonprofit organization that promotes the beauty and bounty of the city’s art scene. Each year, this multifaceted group hosts a fantastical list of events, including the annual Maple and Main Art & Music Festival, the Children’s Youth Theater, the Tree City Film Festival, and more. Families, friends, and art lovers are welcome to take in all Sylvania has to offer. “You won’t want to miss the area’s public art displays, mobile art programs, or community orchestra events,” says Sylvania Arts Executive Director Ken Dymond. Dymond encourages those interested in learning more about Sylvania Arts to sign up to volunteer. For more information, visit www.sylvaniaarts.com.
By Mike Danahey
Here’s a look at the public safety departments that serve Sylvania and Sylvania Township.
“We are an all-Advanced Life Support department that has all full-time firefighter paramedics,” said Fire Chief Michael Ramm. “We are committed to provide high quality service to our community and to those who visit our community.”
Ramm said the department is working with the Springfield Township Fire Department to provide a service called Community Paramedicine to people who have special needs that can be met on a non-911 basis.
“We are able to make house calls and work on items to help citizens with handrails, steps and resources to meet their medical needs,” Ramm said.
“On our website, citizens can click our House Checks tab to register for house checks when they are on vacation,” said Police Chief Paul Long. “An officer will check their house once per day while they are gone.”
People can click the FAQ tab to find out how to get copies of crime reports, accident reports, to get their car if it has been towed and how to get their property released, Long said.
“”We also encourage citizens to check our Facebook page for crime prevention tips, information and to learn more about our department personnel and activities,” Long said.