Regional workforce board to fund new position

BUCYRUS, OHIO – Tuesday, April 12, 2023 – The Crawford Partnership for Education & Economic Development is excited to announce a new career opportunity for a dynamic Workforce Development Coordinator or Manager. The ideal candidate will be responsible for revolutionizing workforce development in Crawford County, by coordinating and promoting training, talent attraction, and pipeline development initiatives. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2023 sent to More information, including a full position description, is available at

The Richland-Crawford Board of Governors, made up of the commissioners for both counties, oversees the Area 10 Richland-Crawford Workforce Development Board, recently approved a joint proposal from the Richland Chamber and Crawford Partnership to lead and implement workforce development initiatives in both counties. Part of that proposal includes sustainable, ongoing funding for a new, full-time Workforce Development professional employed by the Crawford Partnership. This person will help design, lead, and implement proactive and coordinated workforce development initiatives in Crawford County.

President of the Crawford County Board of Commissioners Tim Ley is pleased with the announcement. “We are grateful for our collaboration with Richland County in advancing workforce development. Having a dedicated coordinator will be crucial in strengthening our partnership and empowering both communities to grow.”

This crucial position will implement a proactive company outreach program, building strong relationships with businesses throughout the county. Additionally, the candidate will lead collaborative efforts with Job & Family Services, educational institutions, staffing agencies, and economic development organizations to address and solve workforce challenges.

Melinda Crall-Cauley, Director of Crawford County Job & Family Services (JFS), is also satisfied with the new agreement. “We are happy to see our efforts to secure more Area 10 funding pay off, as we’ve been working diligently to obtain our fair share. The addition of a new workforce development staff member at the Partnership will support our efforts at JFS and help play a crucial role in connecting business with resources.”

The Workforce Development Coordinator or Manager will have a strong background in project management, with at least 5 years of professional experience in a corporate environment. They should possess excellent organizational, customer service, and relationship-building skills.

David Zak, President & CEO of the Crawford Partnership, is enthusiastic about the search. “We appreciate the Crawford County Commissioners and Job & Family Services, as well as our good partners in Richland County, for making this a reality. This is the first time in our history that the Partnership has secured ongoing funding for a position dedicated to workforce development, realizing the dream of my predecessors and the desire of our Board of Directors and members.”

For more information, please visit or contact the Crawford Partnership for Education & Economic Development at 419-563-1809.


About the Crawford Partnership

Started in 2006, the Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving collaborative economic, community and workforce development in Bucyrus, Galion, Crestline, New Washington, and all of Crawford County, Ohio. In 2022, Crawford County was ranked in the top four percent for economic development as a micropolitan and is pursuing an aggressive, strategic, and comprehensive agenda to become a community of choice for businesses and residents. To learn more about the Crawford Partnership, please visit us at

Disclaimer: While the Crawford Partnership issues press releases on economic, community, and workforce development projects, resources, assets, advantages, and activities in Crawford County, Ohio, to strengthen the community’s image and to promote additional development, publication of such announcements does not imply direct assistance from The Partnership unless specified.