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 Tuesday. 

The program “supports local collaborations that help bring Ohioans into the workforce pipeline while meeting the needs of job creators and the local economy,” according to a news release.  

“Those who collaborate best are the ones who win,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “These partnerships connect educators and businesses and through that collaboration, a local job training network is created to help students prepare for the most in-demand careers available in their communities.” 

David White, Director of Firelands Forward, said “this sector partnership will help galvanize local tourism, hospitality, and main street businesses around a common goal; growing the sector.  It will help the region create or sustain the programming needed to ensure a strong local workforce and advocate for the industry. “ 

Industry Sector Partnerships are designed to develop regional workforce strategies, with the goal of driving collaboration between local businesses, education and training providers, and community stakeholders. These grants will help support the operations of both new and existing Industry Sector Partnerships around Ohio. 

“These grants are particularly effective because local partners are making the decisions that will benefit their communities,” Ohio Department of Development Lydia Mihalik said in the news release. “Workers benefit because training programs are built around the specific needs of businesses in their areas.” 

Ohio has invested nearly $7.5 million in Industry Sector Partnerships over the last three years. The first and second round of the Industry Sector Partnership Grant program awarded 25 partnerships a total of $5.03 million. 

Firelands Forward: 247 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH, United States, Ohio