Wayne County Economic Development Council

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Strong Incentives
Tax credits, abatements, grants, low-cost financing Foreign Trade Zone and more.

Business-Friendly Climate
Effective community and government partnerships locally and throughout Northeast Ohio.

Access to Markets
Central location with great ground, rail, water and air accessibility.

High Quality of Life
Small town hospitality and country living with big city opportunities.

Leading Ag-Bioscience Infrastructure
Premier research facilities and infrastructure.

Low Cost of Doing Business

Energy, labor and occupancy costs among the nation’s most affordable.

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Investing In Human Capital

Ohio Workforce Guarantee Grants
Goal: The goal of the Ohio Workforce Guarantee Grants is to train employees of Ohio companies in targeted industries resulting in focused, transferable skills and portable credentials.
Targeted Industries: To participate, a company must be in the following targeted industries:
·         Advanced Energy and Environmental Technologies
·         Aerospace and Aviation
·         Agriculture and Food Processing
·         Bioscience and Bioproducts
·         Corporate and Professional services
·         Distribution and Logistics
·         Instruments, Controls and Electronics
·         Motor Vehicle and Parts Manufacturing
·         Polymers and Advanced Materials
·         Industry Sectors Identified by the Ohio Skills Bank Initiative in each Economic  Development Region
Grant Awards: Awards will be made based on the following:

Size of Company

Award Amount ($)

1- 100

Up to $ 30,000

101- 300

Up to $ 90,000

301- 600

Up to $180,000

601 and over

Up to $250,000

Reimbursement Levels will be:
75% of total cost of training
100% of total cost of training IF done through community colleges or adult career centers or other Dept. of Education or Board of Regents funded institutions or if training results in an industry recognized certification or credential.

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) offers workforce development programs and corporate training to local businesses. ATI partners with companies to profile jobs, assess skill requirements, screen new hires, and deliver training that continually supports business success.
Wayne College houses a Workforce Development Department that assists companies in identifying gaps in desired levels of individual and organizational performance and applying customized training and assessment solutions to bring employee performance to the desired level. Areas of expertise include Leadership Skills, Continuous Improvement and Productivity, Sales Training and Customer Service,, Computer TrainingSkill Assessments, Ethics and Compliance Training and Productivity and Quality Training.
Employment Training Connection - provides a number of services to expanding businesses such as:
1) Assisting companies with staffing, crowd control and pre-interviewing of applicants.
2) General hiring assistance: job matching, interview space, testing, pre-screening. 
3) Arrange for training of current employees to assist with promotions or retention of employee's current job.

Most ETC services are at no charge to the employer.

Wage Surveys - The WEDC periodically conducts wage surveys of existing businesses to determine starting and median wages for a variety of occupational categories.  One of the surveys also includes comprehensive information on benefit practices among local businesses.  For a copy of this survey conducted in Wayne, Medina and Ashland counties, click
here. For a copy of the Northeast Ohio Wage Survey that reflects starting wages for a number of occcuptational categories, click here

Additional Workforce Development Information
SCOTI - Ohio’s Statewide job matching system
Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Strategic Research provides data and analysis on the Economic, Industrial, and Demographic trends of the State of Ohio, its businesses and its people.
U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Local Workforce Development Initiatives

The Workforce Development component of the Wayne Economic Development Council was initiated to sharpen the focus on the needs of business and industry. The WEDC strongly believes in educating our youth, training the workforce, providing adequate transportation resources for the community, recruiting more workers into Wayne County and collaborating with other workforce development practitioners in the state and region. 

Labor Market Information - The Ohio Office of Workforce Development is a source for reports and data about employment levels, unemployment rates, wages and earnings, employment projections, jobs, training resources and careers.

Wayne County Schools Career Center - provides Adult Basic and Literacy Education designed to improve the basic academic and/or job skills of any adult.

Wayne Business Education Council: Over the past three years, twenty Wayne County teachers and nine businesses have participated in the Teacher Externship program which provides teachers the opportunity to work at least 3 weeks in a business where they can learn first hand of how to connect classroom content to the business world. Providing teachers this experience will create a better prepared workforce for our county starting in elementary school and continuing through high school or college.
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