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Twinsburg, Ohio and Williams County, Ohio Each Receive EDA Grant

Dear Friends,

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about two announcements from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) which will benefit Twinsburg, Ohio and Williams County, Ohio.

Today, EDA announced a $134,675 grant to city of Twinsburg, Ohio, to develop and implement a recovery action plan to address the recent closure of the Chrysler Stamping Plant in Twinsburg.

This EDA grant will support the development of a recovery strategy that will allow the region to best utilize local resources to leverage private investment and create new jobs.

“The proposed scope of services for this effort exemplifies an approach that will look beyond existing economic conditions and employment base to put together policies and actions at the local, county and regional level,” said Larry Finch, Community Development Director for the City of Twinsburg.

This project will help in creating, prioritizing, and implementing development goals and objectives, to help create local jobs.

EDA also announced a $75,000 grant to Williams County, Ohio, to help develop an economic adjustment strategy that will create jobs and grow the local economy, which has been affected by the restructuring of the American automotive industry.

This EDA grant will help Williams County develop a strategy for businesses to collaborate and take advantage of local resources, spurring job growth, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“This strategy will help public, private and business officials adjust the local economy into one more appropriately aligned with global trends,” said Lewis Hilkert, Williams County Board President.

The strategy will allow stakeholders to give input on how to best retool the county to adapt to recent major job loss due to the restructuring of the automotive and automotive-related manufacturing sectors. This strategy will also allow the local workforce and economic development officials to align its workforce to meet the needs of global trends.

“Helping our nation’s auto communities adjust to increasing competition in the global marketplace is essential,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John R. Fernandez.


Lauren Leonard, Ohio State Coordinator, White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers

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