Building Together


Talent Attraction, Retention & Development for Erie, Huron & Ottawa Counties

A Workforce Collaborative

We Are the Firelands

Firelands Forward was commissioned by The Firelands Partnership – a business driven engine dedicated to advancing economic competitiveness and quality of life in the Firelands region.

What are the Firelands?

In 1972, 500,000 acres of land were given to Connecticut property owners as recompense for land lost due to the British fire raids during the American Revolution. Today, the land consists of nearly all of Huron & Erie Counties, Danbury Township (Marblehead Peninsula) Catawba Island Township and Ruggles Township (Ashland County).

A Regional Approach

Regions that most effectively manage their talent will be more competitive in business retention and attraction and the development of jobs that people need to support themselves and their families. Labor is a shared regional asset, every person’s and company’s success will hinge on how well we work

Business & Industry

Driven by the region’s largest employers, Firelands Forward was born of local economic need.

A Few of our Partners:

Cedar Fair
Civista Bank
Firelands Regional Health System
MTD Products

Public Sector

Schools and government – essential pieces of a thriving region have come together to drive the Firelands workforce forward.

A Few of our Partners:

BGSU Firelands
Erie County Commissioners
Erie Co. Dept. of Jobs & Family Services
Huron County Commissioners
Huron Co. Dept. of Jobs & Family Services
Lake Erie Shores & Islands


Between non-profits and engaged citizens, the community is the glue that binds our region’s workforce system together.

A Few of our Partners:

Erie County Community Foundation
Erie County Economic Development Corporation
Mylander Foundation
Norwalk Economic Development Corporation

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