Center for Regional Development

The Center for Regional Development (CRD) partners with and convenes stakeholders from communities and organizations to enhance the economic vitality of Northwest Ohio. As an Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center and a member of the State of Ohio Rural University Program, we are committed to sharing our economic and community development expertise and resources to help create a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient economy in our region.

Our Region


R3 Initiative

The Reimagining Rural Regions (R3) Initiative is a community-led placemaking effort that is designed to leverage the expertise and capacity of BGSU faculty, students, and staff to enhance community assets to better position communities to retain and attract young workers, executives, and skilled workers. Applications Due April 9thLearn more

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

CRD provided technical assistance to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority on their successful $2.4 million application to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant to create a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for businesses in northwest Ohio. Learn more

U.S. 30 Corridor CEDS

CRD was awarded an Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the U.S. 30 Corridor, which includes Ashland, Crawford, Richland, and Wyandot Counties in north central Ohio. Learn more

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