Workforce and Talent Attraction Strategies


CRD uses rigorous, detailed labor data to assist communities and companies in developing workforce and talent attraction strategies. In the event of a large-scale employer opening a new plant or closing an existing facility, it is vital to have actionable data and strategies to target workforce development and training resources. Particularly during these challenging times, it is critical for regions and communities to understand the characteristics of the workforce and where gaps in skills or training may occur.


4CG Regional Strategic Workforce and Economic Development Strategy

CRD partnered with Poggemeyer Design Group (PDG) on a workforce and economic development planning effort for a group of four counties in northwest Ohio: Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca. The Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Services used WIOA Rapid Response funds from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) for the project. CRD provided labor and demographic data and analytics, in addition to assisting with focus group facilitation. CRD also developed a Talent Attraction Implementation Plan for the effort, which included strategies for targeting workforce resources for three key industries in the region. View the full report

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Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC 2.0) Grant

BGSU received funding for the second Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC II) grant to create an economic development internship model to help select potential internship opportunities in northwest Ohio in the JobsOhio target industries. CRD previously created an award-winning toolkit aimed at helping businesses identify their most advantageous location and adapted those tools to use its spatial analysis models to select potential internship opportunities in northwest Ohio. CRD identified the growing industries in the region that could provide internship opportunities, as well as opportunities within declining regions where placing interns could provide greater economic resources that were missing in those areas. View the full report.

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Hardin County Manufacturing Workforce Study

The CRD team analyzed employment in Hardin County with an emphasis on the manufacturing industry sector and production occupations. The study provided a comprehensive look at the demographic, workforce, and industry issues facing Hardin County’s manufacturing sector and provided insight into strengthening its local economy. The assessment included detailed data, such as worker age distributions for the top five industries in Hardin County and anticipated demand for occupations. In addition to developing the full report, CRD staff also created an infographic to show the results of the study. 

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