The Crawford Partnership’s 2024 Annual Meeting, known as “State of the Vision,” spotlighted strides taken in economic, community, and workforce development within Crawford County. Hosted at The Hub in Crestline, the event attracted an estimated 320 attendees, including several who made the short drive from Galion.

Reflecting on a Year of Growth and Success

The agenda was packed with insights into the Partnership’s work throughout 2023, spanning operations, workforce development, and economic initiatives. The centerpiece of the evening, the Annual Address, offered a deep dive into the achievements and forward momentum of the county’s strategic vision plans.

Cindy Wood, the Partnership’s Board of Directors Chair, shared the spotlight with remarkable figures: $65 million in investments, the creation of 178 new jobs, and anticipated tax revenues reaching $4.3 million. These achievements underscored the fruitful collaboration between public and private sectors, catapulting Crawford County into the top echelon nationally for economic development projects according to a leading trade journal.

A Celebration of Local Contributions

The ceremony also served to honor those who have made significant contributions to Crawford County’s development journey. Among the award recipients were:

  • The Teacher Manufacturing Bootcamp, recognized with the Workforce Development Award for its innovative approach to integrating real-world business exposure into educational curriculums.
  • The Village of Crestline’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, which received the Community Development Award for leveraging an EPA loan and a solar project in its new facility.
  • Dr. Joseph Shadeed, acknowledged with the Community Leadership Award for his extensive board service and philanthropy.
  • Wurm’s Woodworking Company (WWC), celebrated with the Economic Development Award for its expansion efforts, adding 20,000 square feet and $2.1 million in new machinery and equipment.
  • Todd Boyer, who was honored with the President’s Award for his commitment to the Partnership and his service to various non-profits throughout Crawford County.

Galion’s Presence and Participation

Representatives from Galion made the short journey to Crestline to attend the event. The City of Galion, as a sponsor of the Partnership, had a table next to those of Crestline and Bucyrus.

Forward Momentum with Collective Dedication

Kim Winkle, Vice Chair of the Crawford Partnership Board of Directors, echoed a sentiment of unity and optimism. Celebrating the event’s achievements highlighted not just individual success stories but the collective effort and dedication that underpin Crawford County’s path toward sustainability and growth.

Source: Crawford Partnership; Images: 1831Galion