Special to 1831Galion from the Crawford Partnership

The Crawford Partnership announced today the 2023 Crawford County Development Report, a comprehensive document spotlighting the county’s progress from the past year. Originally introduced in 2023, this year’s report highlights  21 commercial, industrial, and community development projects, as well as shares the perspectives of local elected leaders from Crawford County, Bucyrus, Galion, Crestline, and New Washington.

According to the report, last year Crawford County recognized $65 million in investment and job creation of 178 new positions added to the workforce. Furthermore, the sustained impact is forecasted to extend over the next decade, as the county anticipates generating approximately $4.3 million in local tax revenue.

David Zak, President & CEO of the Crawford Partnership, applauded the community for its success. “We are grateful for all of the amazing people in our public, private, and nonprofit sectors who are pushing Crawford County forward every day. We are becoming a shining star and economic driver in northwest and north central Ohio.”

The Development Report showcases a diverse array of community development projects that significantly impact the county’s landscape and quality of life. Among the highlighted projects are the Maplecrest Community Center, Village of Crestline Wastewater Treatment Plant, Bucyrus-Nevada Waterline, Brownfield Redevelopment, Crestline Arch, Bascom Communications & North Central Electric, and Renschville Development. These projects represent a multifaceted approach to enhancing Crawford County, touching upon crucial aspects such as infrastructure, essential services for children, and housing. From fostering education at the Maplecrest Community Center to ensuring sustainable water management through the Village of Crestline Wastewater Treatment Plant, each endeavor underscores the commitment to holistic community development.

Cindy Wood, Director of Development and Community Relations at The Ohio State University at Mansfield and President of the Board of Directors for the Crawford Partnership, also celebrated the community’s achievements. “Last year is more evidence that Crawford County is developing a reputation for growth, development, and collaboration. We are excited about last year’s results and looking forward to more success in the future.”

The seven industrial projects in the report include both new space as well as investments in machinery and equipment. Among the featured projects are Wurm’s Woodworking Company’s state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot building, Tramec Sloan’s significant investment in automation, the ribbon cutting ceremony for Galion Spec Building, Sunrise Cooperative’s expansion of agricultural facilities, Hord Family Farms’ birthing barn, IB-Tech’s celebration of its 25th anniversary, and Eagle Crushers’ $1.8 million expansion in machinery and equipment. Collectively, these initiatives not only demonstrate the economic vibrancy of Crawford County but also solidify its position among the top 3% of micropolitans in the nation.

Kim Winkle, Vice President of Operations at Avita Health System and Vice President of the Crawford Partnership Board, is enthusiastic about the county’s momentum. “For two years in a row, Crawford County has been a national leader in economic development, and there’s no sign of that stopping in the future. Every project, every success generates momentum taking us forward.”

Crawford County’s commercial landscape experienced growth in 2023, with a diverse range of established enterprises to startups reflecting the county’s entrepreneurial spirit and business-friendly environment. Among these projects is Ganymede Technologies, recipient of a $50,000 grant from JobsOhio, Bucyrus Storage Complex’s investment in a vacant property, Dutchtown DariBar with new ownership, Ohio Mutual Insurance Group’s strategic merger, as well as the opening of Joey’s Pub & Cafe, Ole Dog’s Coffee Culture, and Mi Cerrito’s Galion location. These commercial endeavors demonstrate the local business landscape but also reinforce Crawford County’s position as a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, and community growth.

The 11-page report, shared previously at the State of the Vision annual meeting, can now be viewed by the general public at cpreports.org.