The City of Bucyrus is dedicated to sustainable economic growth and business success for our community.
We strategically outsource a significant portion of our economic development efforts to the Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development.
About The Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development
The Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development prioritizes the following:
Retention and expansion of existing businesses that operate in and serve Bucyrus and Crawford County
Development, training, and retention of a quality local workforce
Attraction of new business and industry
Support for the development of passionate entrepreneurs.
The Partnership’s collaborative, county wide approach allows us to leverage and connect area resources, build and maintain strong relationships with local public and private sector leaders, work together to solve problems, and utilize regional and state organizations for professional economic development strategies. Our shared efforts in community development also help bolster the quality of life for our local and prospective workforce.
Economic Development Efforts in Bucyrus
The Crossroads Industrial Center was awarded the 2016 Austin-AEP Shovel-Ready Site Designation for the Food and Beverage Sector for its site preparation and due diligence effort. Bucyrus is one of only five sites with this certification, which signifies that the site meets or exceeds the requirements for food processing, including transportation, infrastructure, and utility requirements. It is also SiteOhio authenticated, which means the site is ready for development on day one. All SiteOhio authenticated sites are construction ready with utilities to the park boundaries including water, sewer, electricity, natural gas and fiber. Each site undergoes a usability audit to ensure the site is intuitively positioned for optimal access, allowing businesses to hit the ground running and get to market faster.
Retention and Expansion:
Local economic development efforts in collaboration with the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP Northwest) have secured state grant dollars to allow local businesses to expand
Collaboration with RGP, in conjunction with JobsOhio, has influenced the revitalization of the Swan Hose facility into Ohio PolyTech with additional plans for expansion.
Leadership & Workforce Development:
Crawford Unlimited Leadership (CU Lead) Program: more than 100 graduates
Supervisor Bootcamp: nearly 150 graduates
Community Connectors Grant: more than a quarter of a million dollars invested for programming and development, including the successful Leader in Me program to develop life skills for the future workforce.
WAGE Program (Workforce Awareness for Graduates & Educators): more than 400 students and 100+ teachers have toured local businesses to promote and highlight career opportunities for students upon graduation
Strategic investments in the Crawford County Youth Leadership Council and Crawford Works
Simply put, Community Opportunity is a resource. It is a comprehensive website for students, job seekers, and area businesses alike to connect, network, and find/share internship and employment opportunities within our community. The goal of Community Opportunity is to ensure that everyone in our community is aware of the careers available. Our local companies are in need of our local talent, who all too often do not realize the great opportunity right here in our own backyard.
Business profiles are free for companies and organizations within Crawford and Wyandot counties. Businesses will be able to connect with local job seekers, post job openings, and increase their visibility and community engagement at no cost.
Local job seekers of all ages can also create free profiles. By creating a profile and uploading your resume, you’ll be connected to all participating local businesses. You can browse and apply for area jobs in one stop through Community Opportunity.