The Wyandot County Office of Economic Development carries out a number of programs that contribute to its overall impact in the local community. While not all of the organization’s efforts may be categorized into a specific program, the WCOED tracks certain metrics to report upon annually. These metrics are summarized in the “WCOED By-the-Numbers” reports, which can be reviewed below:
County Technical Reports
In 2012-2013, the WCOED prepared the first Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Wyandot County, which integrates the county’s human and physical capital to plan for economic development. The CEDS provides a road map for needed future projects to bring about economic development within the county and region.
The WCOED also compiled a formal Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) for Wyandot County that helped to identify target industries and the effects that changes in one industry has on all local industries. The first of these reports for Wyandot was completed in mid-2014 and is available below:
Business Retention & Expansion Program
The Wyandot County Office of Economic Development offers a comprehensive Business Retention & Expansion Program that is designed to connect local businesses with resources that help to plan and implement growth projects. Through multiple local, state, and federal level partners, the WCOED can direct local organizations toward multiple programs and specific expertise. The Business Retention and Expansion Program also provides local development officials and policy makers with the data they need to develop, prioritize, and implement actionable items that make Wyandot County a better place to operate a business.
Local Business owners and operators can participate in the BR&E program by taking the 2016 BR&E Questionnaire here.
Small Business & Entrepreneur Program
The WCOED offers assistance to existing small businesses and new entrepreneurs in their venture to profitably operate and grow their business. Whether you are interested in learning about small business loan programs, finding a location for your business, or establishing an online presence, our office has the means to assist you. The WCOED partners with a number of organizations offering expertise in these areas. Our office may be able to provide in-house education, or connect you directly with local experts or those in our region that can help to streamline your project.
View our Small Business & Entrepreneur Program brochure for more information, or contact us using the form on this webpage.
The WCOED works closely with Ohio Means Jobs of Wyandot County (formerly JobSolutions) to provide information and tools that link local employers to Ohio’s workforce system. Ohio Means Jobs staff, housed at the county Department of Jobs and Family Services, administer federal and state programs that offer employment services such as hiring and training support and labor market information to employers and workers. In addition, the WCOED maintains relationships with career and technical centers in the vicinity who can offer training for the skill sets required by local employers. Contact the WCOED for assistance with your recruiting or training efforts. OhioMeansJobs.com also provides an online database, powered by Monster.com, that allows Ohio employers to resume mine and post available positions completely free. The tool also allows Ohio job seekers to post their resumes for free. The tool can be accessed here.
Our organization also partners with area vocational schools, technical schools, and universities to provide both on-site, classroom, and online training needed for new and incumbent associates of local employers. A variety of training from office techniques to Lean Six Sigma can also be found using the services of our partners at the OSU Alber Enterprise Center in Marion, OH. The AEC has the ability to arrange a wide scope of training services from the nearly 60 partners they associate with. Visit the OSU Alber Enterprise Center website for more information.
The WCOED began an effort to further identify local workforce recruiting challenges and future workforce needs through surveying local businesses. Employers from all areas of Wyandot County were asked to participate in an anonymous survey to assist community and policy leaders in the identification of strengths and weaknesses in the local workforce. The survey included questions about the responding firms, workforce recruiting difficulties, and their changing workforce needs over the next 5 years.
Expansion & Relocation Assistance
The WCOED actively pursues new business for Wyandot County in addition to working with local existing businesses by assisting with expansion projects. The WCOED maintains close relationships with regional, state, and private agencies who can also provide assistance to local businesses. This can include assistance such as tax incentives, grants, and loans, or even assistance with needed infrastructure and utilities. The WCOED also strives to meet the demands of company requests for information compiling services for items such as local demographics, workforce, and labor sheds.
Property Database Administration
The WCOED is the local agency responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a comprehensive site and building database for Wyandot County. This database system called Ohio InSite, is used by the State of Ohio when prospective businesses are performing a site search within the state. The system provides a streamlined method of offering business prospects available sites and/or facilities that meet their search criteria. The statewide database system can be accessed here. In addition, the WCOED uses a secondary property database system containing duplicate entries from Ohio InSite. The Location One Information System (LOIS) offers an interactive tool that is incorporated in the WCOED website located on the ‘Site Selection Database’ page.
The Wyandot County Manufacturing Day program was developed by the Wyandot County Office of Economic Development to introduce high school students to the realities of the modern-day manufacturing environment. Each year sophomores from local high schools are offered the chance to tour two local manufacturing facilities, and to learn from personnel in various departments about what their job entails as well as the skills and education required to perform their functions.
Simple pre- and post-tests are used to gauge the program’s effectiveness and change of awareness in students. Results from the program have shown that the majority of students participating have never even been exposed to a manufacturing operation before going through the program.
The second offering the annual ‘Wyandot County Manufacturing Day’ was held on December 2, 2014. A total of roughly 170 sophomore students from two local school districts participated. There were a total of seven local manufacturers participating that included: Bridgestone APM Company, Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian, Engineered Wire Products, Ithaca Gun Company, Kalmbach Feeds, M-Tek, and Uni-Grip Inc.
Roughly 120 sophomore students from Upper Sandusky High School participated in the third annual offering of the Wyandot County Manufacturing Day program on December 1, 2015. This year’s program had five participating local employers this year including: Engineered Wire Products, Ithaca Gun Company, Kalmbach Feeds, M-Tek Inc., and Uni-Grip Inc.
Wyandot County Local Government Leadership Academy
The WCOED helps to organize and facilitate the leadership academy in conjunction with the Upper Sandusky Area Chamber of Commerce. This program, the only current leadership program in the county, has been offered for the past two years. The 2015 offering will begin on Feb. 17th and run for 10 consecutive weeks. Sessions are also offered a la carte.
For more information and how to register, click here for the 2015 Wyandot County Local Government Leadership Academy flyer.
Community Advocacy, Service, and Leadership
Outside of the groups run by the Wyandot County Office of Economic Development, the WCOED Executive Director provides community service and leadership in a number of local organizations that all have a positive impact on the local business and economic climate. Those service capacities include:
Board of Directors – Upper Sandusky Area Chamber of Commerce
Membership – Wyandot County Health Alliance
Board of Directors – Wyandot County Young Professionals
Membership – Rotary Club of Upper Sandusky
The WCYP is a community organization for individuals aged 18-45 who live or work in Wyandot County, or graduated from a Wyandot County school district. The group was created as a subsidiary of the WCOED and has now grown to become a separate entity that is determined to attract and retain young talent in the Wyandot County area. Visit the WCYP page for more information.