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Tipp City Schools partners with Energy Optimizers, USA, on a suite of strategic investments in school improvements

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Tipp City Schools will make strategic investments in LT Ball Intermediate School, Tippecanoe Middle School and Tippecanoe High School that are expected to save more than $73,000 annually through a partnership with Tipp City-based Energy Optimizers, USA.

The comprehensive improvements are designed to enhance energy efficiency, prolong the life of the buildings and improve safety.

Starting in June, Energy Optimizers, USA, will:

* Retrofit the high school and middle school lighting with LED systems
* Renovate the HVAC systems and building automation systems at the middle school
* Install a building automation system at the intermediate school
* Replace electrical switchgear at the middle school
* Replace the chiller and overhaul of the boilers and domestic water heater at the intermediate school
* Replace the doors and windows at the middle and intermediate schools
* Upgrade the fire alarms at the middle and intermediate schools

The upgrade to LED lighting is expected to save the district more than $61,000 in electricity use and more than $12,000 in maintenance costs. LED lighting uses an average of 60 percent less energy and lasts five times longer than the replaced systems. In addition to offering immediate savings, LED lighting will result in better-lit environments that are more conducive to learning. The lighting also does not have the hum and flicker associated with fluorescent lighting, making it an ideal system for special needs classrooms.

"We have been taking a hard look with our community about how we can best plan, invest in and preserve our facilities," said Superintendent Dr. Gretta Kumpf. "Energy Optimizers, USA, presented us with very smart, very conservative options to get more from our intermediate and middle schools while improving our energy efficiency."

Tippecanoe Middle School students have also invested in improving the district's sustainability practices. The students have worked with community partners to evaluate and improve the district's water and energy use, waste, and student well-being. Students presented their options to the district Board of Education in May.

"We are proud to assist our hometown schools with making common sense, energy-efficient measures to ensure their intermediate and middle school buildings run in top shape for years to come," said Greg Smith, Energy Optimizers, USA, president. "In making these improvements, the district is demonstrating that its focus is on the best, most cost-effective use of resources, both regarding energy conservation and taxpayer dollars."

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition in 2016.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Unity National Bank Pledges $100,000 Towards the Construction of New Tipp City Stadium

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- The Tipp Pride Association Board of Directors announced today that the organization has received a $100,000 sponsorship from Unity National Bank for the construction of Tipp City's new community stadium. The generous gift will lead ongoing fundraising to support stadium construction.

"Tipp pride can be felt everywhere in this community. You feel it as you walk down Main Street, attend school functions and participate in community events. Tipp City is a wonderful place to live, work and play. We are honored and proud to be part of it," states Lisa McGraw, Vice President, Commercial Cash Management for Unity Bank.

In recognition of the sizable donation, Members of the Tipp Pride Association (TPA) state that they intend to place Unity National Bank's logo prominently on the scoreboard of the new stadium.

Mashell Stith, president of TPA shared, "We are so thrilled about Unity National Bank stepping up to support Tipp City in this way. Words cannot describe the energy this creates for our entire community. It was so great to hear the Tippecanoe student section chant 'Thank You, Thank You' during the check presentation on the field Friday night."

The new Tipp City stadium will be constructed at the location of the current stadium within City Park. Replacement of the field, stands, buildings and scoreboard are estimated to cost approximately 5.6 million dollars. Tipp Pride Association is seeking private funding for this project.

"We are extremely grateful, humbled and honored by Unity National Bank's generous gift for the new football stadium," said J.D. Foust, Athletic Director for Tipp City Schools. "Their love and passion for Tipp City is truly incredible, and this gift will impact not only Tipp City's athletic programs but also our great community, well into the future. I believe that the vision shown by community leaders such as Unity National Bank and our school administration and board leadership will ensure continued success for all of our athletic and community programs well into the future."

Brett Baumeister, President of Unity National Bank, agrees, "Unity National Bank isn't just located in your town. We are your neighbors, and we care about helping the entire community thrive and prosper. Our commitment to you goes beyond financial services; you can count on Unity to support the people and organizations working to build a stronger community."

Tipp Pride Association intends to highlight significant donors and sponsors at each home football game this season. "There is no better place to provide recognition to donors than at the very same venue we are working to provide upgrades," states Scott George, vice-president of TPA, "It was easy to observe Friday night the packed stands in both the home and visitor bleachers while hundreds of spectators stood at the fence trying to enjoy the game."

The new stadium will increase available seating for home, visitor, and band to 3,500.

With a successful fundraising campaign, the stadium project could begin construction at the end of the 2017 football season.


With locations in Piqua, Tipp City and Troy, Unity National Bank provides customers with a full array of personal banking, business banking, and trust and investment products and services. Unity National Bank, founded in 1884, is one of the 11 Ohio community banks and two specialty finance companies in the Park National Family of Community Banks that make up The Park National Corporation (NYSE:PRK). Park had $7.8 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2017. For more information, visit


Tipp Pride Association is committed to building a community stadium that supports our schools and is a source of pride for all of Tipp City. Our Mission is to raise private funds to build a new stadium for the community by the community. For more information, please visit

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