4CG Regional Strategic Workforce & Economic Development Strategy

In June 2019, PDG was retained by a partnership of four economic development organizations representing four counties in north central Ohio: Huron; Ottawa; Sandusky and Seneca. 

The four organizations include the Huron County Development Council, the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation and the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.  These four entities have been working jointly over the past six years to address the region’s workforce and economic development challenges.  The group named itself the Four County Group for Collaborative Growth or 4CG.   In early 2019, with the announcement of the potential closings of the Davis-Besse and Perry Nuclear Power Plants, the 4CG team applied and received a $110,000 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Rapid Response Grant to undertake and craft a regional strategic workforce and economic development strategy.  After a request for proposals process by 4CG, Poggemeyer Design Group, in partnership with the Center for Regional Development of Bowling Green State University, were selected to undertake this study.   The study will have six phases that will include an overview of existing plans and reports, a robust engagement process with key stakeholders, a comprehensive regional economic development strategy, a workforce development plan including talent attraction tactics and an implementation matrix for the 4CG organizations. To date, a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) Analysis, 8 Business Focus Groups, 28 Key Person Interviews and 5 Surveys have been completed.  The Plan will be completed in May 2020 and it is anticipated that PDG will assist the 4CG with securing funding for implementation, bridging planning with results.