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 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

The Greater Sandusky Partnership (GSP) and the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC)

Below is a press release jointly published by the GSP and ECEDC- For nearly five years, the business community in the Erie County and Sandusky region have been pursuing the creation of an integrated economic development organization to drive population and investment...

Erie County Workforce Fair Connects Students and Businesses for Future Success

Erie County, OH — The Erie County Business Advisory Council is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the Erie County Workforce Fair. Spearheaded by the Erie County Economic Development Corporation and Firelands Forward, the event brought together seven...

Erie County Students Exposed to Information Technology Careers

SANDUSKY, OH – Firelands Forward, North Point Education Service Center, Erie County Economic Development Corporation, and the Erie County Business Advisory Council conducted its first Student Boot Camp, a new innovative way to expose our students to workforce...

Firelands Tourism, Hospitality, and Main Street Business Alliance awarded state grant

The Firelands Tourism, Hospitality, and Main Street Business Alliance has been awarded an Industry Sector Partnership grant by the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.   The grant was one of 13 totaling $2.45 million announced by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on...

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