Find the Employees You Need

We serve as an extension of your HR team, making direct and

meaningful connections to grow your company through a stable,

skilled, and supported workforce.

Serving all employers in Erie, Huron & Ottawa Counties, our connections

span our labor shed, from Cleveland to Toledo, and the resources we can

access go beyond that. Utilize our team as your company’s concierge for in-

depth data services, workforce/training grant connection, strategic recruiting

methods, employment barrier solutions and all the connections and

resources you need.

Join Our Employer Resource Network!

Employer Resource Networks® are private-public consortia whose purpose is improved workforce retention through employee support and training. We’re excited to partner with ERN Ohio to grow our first network dediated to supporting our workforce with resources and services including childcare, transporation, financial assitance, housing and more. 

Employer Services

Grow our region’s economy by connecting a stable skilled and supported labor force to meaningful and sustaining employment.

Recruiting & Placement

We utilize our regional network and resources to head hunt for you. We help with marketing of  job descriptions, access to LinkedIn Recruiter, direct connection to graduating seniors (college & High School)  and more.

Data Services

Utilize Firelands Forward access to extensive labor market data to make informed decisions in your hiring process. We conduct wage analysis, job description comparables, and more in-depth, custom data services.

Resource Connection

In today’s workforce system there are an abundance of technical and financial resources available for your company. Firelands Forward can serve as your “concierge” in navigating and applying for all kinds of workforce and training grants. Also utilize our deep connections across trade groups and young professionals groups to see what further opportunities may be awaiting you.

Front Line Retention Work Group

Low wage frontline workers often face challenges securing supports such as childcare and transportation which enable them to be productive employees which can prevent them from advancing into higher paying roles with more stability.

This Work Group will work to improve the connection to and use of supportive services by low frontline workers and development of intentional pathways to advancement for qualified frontline workers which lead to higher wages in targeted industries in the Firelands region.

Current Projects

Projects should serve frontline workers, with a focus on those earning wages $25,000 or less. Additionally, the Work Group should select a subset of industries to focus on which have advancement opportunities for frontline workers and/or pay a regionally defined living wage. All projects developed by the Working Group will focus on residents of and businesses who have locations within Erie and Huron counties.

Helping You Find the Employees You Need Now and in the Future.

Firelands Forward Strategic Plan

Covering a three year time horizon, 2020-2023, and developed with vast community input, the Firelands Forward Workforce Development Plan is designed to improve job skills, fulfillment, and retention. The Plan frames and builds coordination and collaboration across education, job training, and other supportive services to drive economic growth. It includes accountable and measurable solutions for improving the workforce.

Working to Solve Our Turnover Challenge

As a region – and a nation – we face the issue of high labor force turnover rates. Workers, especially those in lower-income professions, are leaving their jobs often, and this is causing instability for both employees and employers. What can we do about it?  Read our white paper on the causes and effects of turnover, and reach out to our team to discuss your insights and needs!

The Child Care Survey

Childcare is a huge employment barrier. We partnered with the Child Care Resource Center to complete a Child Care Study throughout the Firelands Region. We invite you to read the study and join us in the conversation to solve this barrier in your workplace. As a region, we must collaborate to face these issues head-on.  

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...

2022 Recap & Looking Ahead to 2023

Fireland Forward officials hope to expand the Employer Resource Network, launch a digital tool for students and job seekers, and build an industry sector partnership in 2023, according to the organization's director, David White. Firelands Forward is a regional...

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...

Regionomics: Hierarchy of Workforce Needs

The complexity of the workforce landscape demands an integrated and tiered approach to begin to address the many underlying causes of low labor force participation. Firelands Forward created the Workforce Hierarchy of Needs (based off of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs)...

Regionomics: More Small Businesses = Stronger Communities

What is a small business? This can seem like a straightforward question. It’s that mom-and-pop shop down the street from my house I have been going to for years. But to better study and understand small businesses, which is what we do at ECEDC, it is important to use...

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