Collaborative Community Development

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Workforce & Education

Connecting & developing local talent with our county's schools and businesses.

Working Together

Learn more about our efforts to bolster our local workforce and educational attainment.

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Health & Prevention

To support & encourage prevention efforts in our communities.

Prevention Coalition

Learn more about the Crawford County Prevention Coalition and related efforts to make Crawford County a safe and healthy place.

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Quality of Life

Making our county a place where people seek to work, live, and raise their families.

A Thriving Community

Learn more about our quality of life efforts to enhance the livelihood of our community.

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Leadership Development

Leadership at all levels from elementary students to professionals is a top priority in our community.

Listen. Learn. Lead.

Learn more about our efforts to develop leaders of all ages in our community.

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About our Workforce & Education Efforts

Through our workforce & education efforts, we are committed to supporting our local schools to help continue to raise the educational attainment rate and provide pathways that encourage lifelong learning, as well as provide resources to support local and regional business success and workforce development efforts in Crawford County. 

In addition to our cornerstone initiatives outlined below, the Crawford Partnership is working collaboratively with our community partners and educational systems to support programs that strengthen our local workforce and create opportunities for our students. These initiatives include professional training opportunities for managers and executive-level leaders, specialized career fairs and business conventions, wage and benefits surveys, grant writing workshops, and more. 

The Crawford Partnership is also proud to be a supporting partner of Crawford Works, a local program that partners with all willing and capable people to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment. Using a holistic and collaborative approach, Crawford Works offers workforce development training and job placement opportunities through access to area employers, while providing comprehensive support services that will help to build a stronger and better prepared workforce. Find more information about Crawford Works here.

Community Opportunity.com is a unique resource for businesses, students, and job seekers in Crawford, Richland, & Wyandot counties.

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The Crawford County Business/Education Advisory Council provides local school districts and businesses opportunities to exchange information and project leadership.

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WAGE tours present local students and teachers to see employment opportunities that abound in Crawford County.

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Workforce development training and job placement opportunities through access to area employers.

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Community Opportunity is a unique resource for businesses, students, and job seekers in Crawford and Wyandot counties.

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The Crawford County Business/Education Advisory Council provides local school districts opportunities to exchange information and project leadership.

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WAGE tours present local students and teachers to see employment opportunities that abound in Crawford County.

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Workforce development training and job placement opportunities through access to area employers.

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About Our Health & Prevention Efforts

The Crawford Partnership is an active member of the Crawford County Health Partners. The Crawford County Health Partners, established in 2016, is comprised of business, agencies, and individuals working in collaboration to identify, target, and reduce health issues throughout Crawford County. The group leads the crucial effort of creating the Community Health Assessment and the Community Health Improvement Plan, which are documents that highlight the strengths and needs of Crawford County, so that organizations involved in the assessment process can make sound decisions using the best available data. These plans help identify unmet needs, increase access to services, and provide insight into the best ways to improve the quality of life for people in Crawford County. Creation and implementation of this comprehensive Community Health Assessment is the result of a strong commitment by dedicated community partners working together to improve the health and quality of life of Crawford County/Galion City residents.

 The health assessment gives a snapshot of our community as well as a comparison to the state of Ohio and our nation. Find the most recent CHIP here.

The Crawford County Health Partners work collaboratively with the Galion City Health Department, Crawford County Public Health, Crawford-Marion County ADAMH Board, Avita Health System,​ Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Together We Hurt, Together We Heal, The Community Foundation for Crawford County, Galion City Schools, Galion Community Center YMCA, United Way of Crawford County, and many more.

Additionally, the Crawford Partnership works closely with our prevention efforts throughout Crawford County. 

To engage or inquire about our prevention coalition efforts, please contact Erin Stine at erins@crawfordpartnership.org.

The Crawford County Prevention Coalition’s mission is to encourage and implement safety and prevention efforts for youths, adults, and families by providing support, building awareness, and connecting resources in Crawford County. The Coalition is comprised of a diverse group of representatives from the community.

The Crawford County Suicide Prevention Coalition was formed to work for the prevention of suicide, to raise awareness about depression in the community, and to assist families affected by suicide.

About our Quality of Life Efforts

Our quality of life efforts are centered around enriching and enhancing the quality of life in Crawford County for all members of the community, including seniors, families, working professionals, and children. By enhancing the quality of life here, the team supports all other Partnership efforts, helping businesses thrive, attracting young families, creating a safe and healthy environment for all citizens, and working to reverse the trends of population decline. Quality of life encompasses entertainment, recreation, education, beautification, accessibility, and the overall standards for health, comfort, and happiness in our community.

Quality of Life Impact & Initiatives

Electric Vehicle Charging

Leading the charge in Crawford County by installing EV fast chargers on major thoroughfares.

Growing Together

Piloted through a partnership between the Crawford County Council on Aging and Sonshine Child Care and Preschool, “Growing Together” is an intergenerational effort in our community to plant gardens, grow plants, and cultivate relationships.

Crawford Conversation

Community-wide discussions of social issues affecting local lives. Visit Events & Development 101 to learn more.

Crawford County’s Literacy Efforts

Crawford Reads 20

Crawford Reads 20 is dedicated to raising a community of readers by encouraging everyone to read to a child for at least 20 minutes each day from birth through elementary school. To learn more, click here

Imagination Library

Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library is starting a new chapter in childhood literacy. Through their partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, they are working to send every child in Ohio from birth to age five a new book each month. To learn more about enrolling and donating to
Crawford County’s Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, click here.  

About our Leadership Development Efforts

Through our Leadership Development efforts, we work to create a culture of effective leadership for citizens of all ages in our community. Leadership has emerged as a top priority in community development efforts, as its impact is cross-cutting.

 

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”
– John Maxwell

Leadership Development Impact & Initiatives

CU Lead

Designed to engage leaders at all levels

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Leader in Me

Preparing students to become life-ready leaders

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Our Investors

Our work would not be possible without the support of these generous investors who have a shared vision for the success of Crawford County.

Platinum Investors

Gold Investors

Advanced Fiber Technology

AEP

Avita Health System

Hord Family Farms

Mennel Milling

Matthew P. & Linda Smith

Spherion of Mid-Ohio

WBCO/WQEL

Wise Funeral Service

A Vision for Crawford County

Together, we can continue to enhance the livelihood of Crawford County for the individuals, families, and businesses that call our community home.

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