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 2019 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.
A Local Workforce Development and Talent Retention System
Community Opportunity is a free resource for Wyandot County businesses geared toward connecting local talent with local opportunities that the WCOED has put into place and manages. Specifically, it is a comprehensive website for students, job seekers, and area businesses alike to connect, network, and find/share employment opportunities in the community.
The majority of all local high school students will create profiles within the system, and will narrow their scope of interest throughout their high school careers. Those that choose will be identifiable by local businesses for job shadow, internship, and summer work opportunities. By making local talent aware of local opportunities before graduation and further education and training, our younger talent is better equipped to fill those local needs in the future.
www.CommunityOpportunity.com is available for county employers to build their business profile page, post current job openings, and mine resumes. As with any other job board, any job seeker inside or outside of Wyandot County can also create a profile and stay updated on new postings within their areas of interest.
Wyandot Employment Task Force
The Wyandot Employment Task Force (WETF) is a concerted effort the Wyandot County community bringing together all ‘Five Communities of Interest’, or those stakeholders that play a crucial role in workforce development, specifically to tackle the local issues surrounding workforce. These communities of interest include Business, Government, Community organizations, Education, and Local Talent; all of which must be engaged and motivated to make headway in alleviating this top challenge faced by employers across the country.
Many of the major employers and industry representatives have joined in the mission to “Passionately connect talent with employment opportunities.” This group of stakeholders meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month.
Other Workforce Development Resources
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. 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.
OMJ of Wyandot County also manages a large pool of funding to help the emerging workforce prepare for and find meaningful employment. Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program (CCMEP), can provide local employers benefits such as:
- On the job training reimbursement for employee wages and benefits
- Payment of occupational skills training for job related certifications
- Drug and alcohol counseling
- Supportive services including assistance in purchasing specialized clothing, foot wear, tools, daycare, and gas vouchers
- Adult mentoring
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 Zoom Prospector, 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. Click here to access the Zoom Prospector system, which contains all local industrial properties and those over 5 acres in size.
In addition, the WCOED uses a secondary property database system containing all local commercial and retail properties, called the Location One Information System (LOIS). Click here to access the database of commercial and retail properties.
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 2017 Wyandot County Manufacturing Day program, facilitated by the WCOED, saw a record number of students and employers take part in the program’s fifth offering. The sophomore classes from Carey, Mohawk, and Upper Sandusky High Schools, or nearly 300 students, all participated in the program on Friday, Dec. 1st. This was the first program offering where all three schools sent their entire classes, and as such a record 10 local manufacturers were involved. Designed to introduce students to the modern day manufacturing environment and opportunities contained therein, Manufacturing Day offered each student a chance to tour 2 local work sites. This year those participating local employers included: Bridgestone APM Company, Continental Structural Plastics, Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian, Engineered Wire Products, Ithaca Gun Company, Kalmbach Feeds, Kasai North America, OPS Wireless, Uni-Grip Inc., and Vaughn Industries.
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 – Wyandot Chamber of Commerce
Membership – Wyandot County Health Alliance
Board of Directors – Wyandot County Young Professionals
Board of Directors – 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.