Building Together


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

A Workforce Collaborative

We Are the Firelands

Firelands Forward Workforce Development – a business driven engine dedicated to advancing economic competitiveness and quality of life in the Firelands region.

What are the Firelands?

In 1792, 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 Health System
Stanley Black & Decker                Kalahari                                                  Magruder Hospital                                      Fisher-Titus Regional Medical Center  Dave’s Food Mart Norwalk & Avery Clearwater Council of Governments                                                                     


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 County Department of Job & Family Services
Huron County Commissioners
Huron County Department of Job & Family Services
Shores & Islands Ohio                        Ottawa County Commissioners              Ottawa County Department of Job & Family Services


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 Economic Development Corporation                                                  Erie County Community Foundation Mylander Foundation                          Dorn Foundation
Norwalk Economic Development Corporation                                          Ottawa County Improvement Corporation                                           Norwalk Area United Fund                      Child Care Resource Center

Where is the Affordable Housing?

Firelands Forward, in partnership with many community partners, has commissioned a regional housing study in order to better understand the housing landscape in the Firelands. Now in its third year of operation, Firelands Forward is a regional workforce development...

Student Boot Camp Exposes Huron County Students to Information Technology Careers

Students hear from Chad Stein, founder of SC Strategic Solutions. Local high school students recently participated in Student Bootcamp — an innovative new format facilitated by Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) to expose students to workforce...

Firelands Forward Internationally Recognized

IEDC Recognized Firelands Forward for Excellence in the Field  Award winners were honored September 20th during the 2022 IEDC Annual Conference.  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest nonprofit professional association...

Magruder Hospital Again Earns 5-Star Rating from CMS

"Magruder Hospital has once again achieved a five-star rating, the highest ranking possible, for overall quality of care from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). An overall star rating is based on how well a hospital performs across different areas...

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