OCIC’s vision is to become a recognized strategic resource for the Ottawa County business community, where OCIC engagement enhances private sector profitability, encourages capital investment and demonstrates job creation.  OCIC does this through an integrated approach that includes Business Retention & Expansion, New Business Attraction, Workforce Development and Communications & Marketing.

OCIC Executive Board

Dr. Marsha Bordner, President

Terra State Community College (Retired)

Tel:  (419) 307-1073

Email: marshabordner@gmail.com

Ken Williams, 2nd Vice President

Catawba Island Club

Tel:  (419) 797-4424

Email:  kwilliams@cicclub.com

Jim Stouffer, Secretary

Catawba Island Club

Tel:  (419) 797-4424

Email:  jimstouffer@cicclub.com

Dan Parent, Voting Member

Danbury Local Schools

Tel:  (419) 798-5185

Email: parentd@danburyschools.org

Craig Trick, 1st Vice-President

Comprehensive Construction Solutions

Tel:  (419) 341-6332

Email: craig@constructionsolutions.us

Keith Smith, Treasurer

Materion Brush, Inc.

Tel:  (419) 862-4249

Email:  keith.smith@materion.com

VACANT, At-Large Member

OCIC Trustee Members

Paul Ackerman

Ackerman Industrial Equipment

300 Mill Street

Curtice, OH 43412

Mayor Matt Damschroder

Village of Elmore

P.O. Box 3

Elmore, OH 43416

Chic Elum

Northcoast Development

4380 E. Harbors Edge Road

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Stan Gebhardt

Erie-Ottawa International Airport

3255 E. State Road

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Mayor Ken Harsanje

Village of Genoa

102 E. 6th Street

Genoa, OH 43430

Ron Lajti

Ottawa County Engineer

8247 W. State Route 163

Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Jim McKinney

Lake Erie Business Park

127 Madison Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Dave Robenstine

Harris Township

P.O. Box 396

Elmore, OH 43416

Tyson Smith

Northern Manufacturing

150 N. Lake Winds Parkway

Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Jay Viery

Signature Label

280 N. Lake Winds Parkway

Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Mayor Hugh Wheeler, Jr.

City of Port Clinton

1868 E. Perry Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Sam Conte

Lakecraft Corporation

1010 W. Lakeshore Drive

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Mike Detzel

Chipmatic Tool & Machine

212 Ottawa Street

Elmore, OH 43416

Marty Folger

Croghan Colonial Bank

2820 E. Harbor Road

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Nick Gerber

The Ashley Group

165 Jackson Street

Sandusky, OH 44870

Mayor Joe Helle

Village of Oak Harbor

146 Church Street

Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Shelly Lizyness

Materion Brush, Inc.

14710 W. Portage River South Road

Elmore, OH 43416

Gary Mortus

Ohio Edison/FirstEnergy

2508 W. Perkins Avenue

Sandusky, OH 448770

Jim Sass

Ottawa County Commissioner

315 Madison Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Bill St. Leger

U.S. Gypsum

121 S. Lake Street

Gypsum, OH 43453

Lee Vivod

Huntington National Bank

120 Madison Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Paul Zeiler

Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian

24145 W. Moline Martin Road

Millbury, OH 43447

Mark Coppeler

Ottawa County Commissioner

315 Madison Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Larry Durivage

Durivage Pattern & Manufacturing

20522 State Route 579

Williston, OH 43468

Kelly Frey

Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer

315 Madison Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Bret Haggy

Huntington Insurance

300 Croghan Street, Suite B

Fremont, OH 43420

Keith Hille

Graymont Dolime

21880 W. State Route 163

Genoa, OH 43430

Chris Malfara

Bay Point Resort & Marina

10948 E. Bayshore Road

Marblehead, OH 43440

Guy Parmigian

B-C-S School District

11685 W. State Route 163

Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Rhonda Slaughterbeck

Ottawa County Administrator

315 Madison Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Mark Stahl

Ottawa County Commissioner

315 Madison Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452

Dr. Jerome Webster

Terra State Community College

2830 Napoleon Road

Fremont, OH 43420

Fred Zink

Zink Calls Manufacturing

30 Park Drive

Port Clinton, OH 43452

JAMIE BEIER GRANT

 


JAMIE BEIER GRANT
Director
 Email: jbgrant@ocic.biz

Jamie Beier Grant began her career in economic development in 2001, working for the Ohio Department of Development in the International Trade Division and Economic Development Division and began her move back home to Northwest Ohio in 2002 when she joined the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo as a Business Development Representative and Director of the Toledo Area International Trade Association.

In 2004, Ms. Beier Grant was hired as Director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, the County’s lead economic and workforce development agency.  Since 2004, Ottawa County has seen new project investments of $790+ million and the creation of more than 750 jobs, including investments by Davis Besse, Materion-Brush Inc., Fenner Dunlop, USG, and ARES, Inc.  As Director, Ms. Beier Grant has leveraged $25+ million in financing and incentives for local business investments.  In 2008, Ms. Beier Grant led construction of a $1.5 million 50,000 square foot speculative industrial building, which is now home to more than 150,000 square feet of space.

In 2013, Ms. Beier Grant was integral in establishing the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council (BAC), one of Ohio’s only comprehensive efforts to connect education and business leadership together to ensure our future workforce needs can be properly met.  The BAC initiative has touched the lives of 1,600 local students and has been highlighted throughout the state and on a national HR level, and was a featured presentation at the 2015 United Way Worldwide Conference.

Ms. Beier Grant was appointed to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority by the Ohio Legislature and has served in leadership roles with the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED) and the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA). Ms. Beier Grant’s professional experience and goals in leadership capacities with NORED and OEDA focus on the creation of a vibrant business climate for Ottawa County, Northwest Ohio, and the State of Ohio.

In addition, she holds board positions with the Lake Erie Shores & Islands, United Way of Ottawa County, and United Way of Greater Toledo. Ms. Beier Grant also sits on the School Advisory Council for St. Boniface Catholic School, and has volunteered as a mentor to elementary students and a county-wide supervised visitation program, Joyful Connections.

Jamie Beier Grant is a 2010 20 Under 40 Leadership recipient, received the 2012 NORED Flame award for leadership, and most recently was recognized as a 40 Under 40 Economic Development Leader in North America.  She is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in German and was recently accepted into the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Leadership Program.  She resides in Oak Harbor with her husband and two sons.

GAYE WINTERFIELD


GAYE WINTERFIELD
Business & Workforce
Development Manager
 Email: gwinterfield@ocic.biz

Gaye Winterfield began her career working as the Grants Administrator for the Seneca County Commissioners and the Seneca County Regional Planning Commission.  During her 13-year tenure she assisted the county in competing and securing Federal, State and Local grant dollars. In 2002, Ms. Winterfield left her position with Seneca County to work as a grants consultant and raise her family.  She worked for North Coast Strategy Group and taught grant writing classes at Terra State Community College.

In 2013, Ms. Winterfield worked for Judge Kathleen Giesler in the Ottawa County Probate & Juvenile Courts. She served as the Specialized Dockets Coordinator and was instrumental in developing and gaining State certification for three Specialized docket programs.

Ms. Winterfield was hired as Business & Workforce Development Manager for the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation in 2014.  In the past year, she has built positive relationships with local businesses and has been part of numerous activities within the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council, including the Annual Ottawa County Career Showcase and the 2015 Put-in-Bay Job Fair.

Recently, in cooperation with Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services, Ms. Winterfield coordinated a layoff aversion campaign, which included ads in radio, T.V. and social media to educate employers about available assistance. The campaign demonstrated success in gaining $388,000 additional state dollars to assist a local business in averting layoffs and keep 16 jobs within the company.

Ms. Winterfield holds board positions with WSOS Community Action Commission, Ottawa County Safety Council, Ottawa County Workforce Development Board and Area 7 Workforce Investment Board.

Ms. Winterfield is a graduate of Morehead State University, Morehead, KY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism & Government Studies, and is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies. She resides in Oak Harbor with her husband, Jeff and their three children, Jeffrey, Marna & Clay. 

VALERIE MANNON


VALERIE MANNON
Employment Resources Coordinator
 Email: vmannon@ocic.biz

 

Valerie Mannon began her career in human resources in 2005, working as an Administrative Coordinator for Manpower.  In 2007, she joined Glacier Water Services Inc., as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Human Resources. During her time at Glacier Water Services Inc., she assisted the company in developing and conducting trainings, and coordinated all corporate office events.  In 2007, Ms. Mannon left her position with Glacier Water Services Inc. to work as a Consultant/Risk Management Specialist for Coachella Valley Water District, where she assisted in performing routine and specialized  tasks related to contract compliance and insurance requirements.

In 2015, Ms. Mannon worked as a Human Resources Development Instructor for Cape Rear Community College. She taught employability skills to help individuals gain employment, including the National Career Readiness Certification program.

Prior to her career in human resources, Ms. Mannon served 8 years as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. She supervised over 20 different construction work sites, developed and carried out operation orders, and gained strong leadership and team building skills.

Ms. Mannon was hired as Employment Resources Coordinator for the OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County center in July 2016.  Since July, she has established positive relationships with job seekers and has developed new strategies to improve the OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County center. She works with job seekers to create their career plan, resume writing, conduct job searches, and networking skills to help obtain a position within a company.  Ms. Mannon’s professional experience has allowed her to explore trainings the OMJ Ottawa County center, including leadership skills, professional development, and curriculum development.

Valerie Mannon is a graduate of National University, La Jolla, CA with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Human Resources Management Studies, and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, San Diego, CA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Workforce Education, Training and Development Studies.  She recently moved to Oak Harbor from North Carolina, with her husband and their children, Alex and Anne. 

JESSICA KOWALSKI


JESSICA KOWALSKI
Program & Office Coordinator
 Email: jkowalski@ocic.biz

Jessica Kowalski was hired as the Administrative Assistant of the OCIC in September 2011 and was promoted to Program & Office Administrator in July 2016. In Ms. Kowalski’s capacity as Program & Office Administrator, she performed daily tasks such as: customer service, answering and directing phone calls, scheduling, maintaining, and recording Resource Centre room usage, maintaining office files, typing reports, meeting minutes and memos, and maintaining office inventory and supplies.

Ms. Kowalski’s fiscal responsibilities include QuickBooks and accounting functions, monitoring and recording expenditures, and creating and modifying office spreadsheets for events and activities. Ms. Kowalski has participated in annual internal Financial Audits from the period of 2010-2015, and in three State Financial Audits for year-end 2009-2010, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015.

In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Kowalski also serves as the administrator to the Ottawa County Safety Council. Since she began administering the council in 2013, the Ottawa County Safety Council has since increased its membership, implemented several membership programs, and offered additional external trainings.

Ms. Kowalski coordinates all internal and external marketing and communications of the OCIC, including the Ottawa County Safety Council and the OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County. While managing 8 social media platforms, Ms. Kowalski has also created multiple videos to help increase OCIC’s awareness, including the annual Experience Ottawa County and Ottawa County Career Showcase events. Recently, in cooperation with COACT, Ms. Kowalski created OCIC’s new website.

Ms. Kowalski sits on the United Way in Ottawa County Advisory Council. She is a 2009 graduate of Port Clinton High School and Vanguard Career Center. She graduated with honors from Vanguard and majored in Business Software and Technology. She received her Associate Degree of Applied Business from Owens Community College in 2013. She is an Ottawa County native and resides in Oak Harbor.

JEANNE LUCAS


JEANNE LUCAS
Employment Resources Assistant
Email: jlucas@ocic.biz

Jeanne Lucas started her career in education, teaching high school and college English for nearly two decades. While teaching English at Sandusky High School, she facilitated the learning of AP, honors, and remedial students of various backgrounds and socio-economic levels. She prepared middle-school and high-school students for standardized achievement and admissions tests while working briefly as a Varsity Tutors Online English Tutor.

Ms. Lucas worked with BGSU Firelands as an English Instructor. She taught developmental-level writing and reading courses which included easing students’ fear of academic writing, college-level sentence structure and essay format, introducing students to Greek and Latin etymology to increase comprehension.

Ms. Lucas was hired as Employment Resources Assistant for the OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County center in February 2017.  She assists customers with registering at the OMJ Center, conducts initial orientation and needs assessment of new customers, assists in registering customers on OhioMeansJobs.com, and support resume development and assessment.

Ms. Lucas also serves as a part-time GED instructor with Vanguard Career Center, teaching classes at the Ottawa County Resource Center, Ida Rupp Public Library and at the Ottawa County Jail.

Jeanne Lucas is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor or Arts Degree in English Education and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. She then attended Bowling Green State University earning a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Performance. She is a lifelong Ohio resident, growing up in Youngstown. She resides in Huron.

The Strategic Plan for the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) has been designed to expand upon the priorities of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation’s Business Plan and provide a three-year landscape for short and long term objectives of the organization. In order to support the vision and mission of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, four primary areas of work have been identified as critical to implementing success in Ottawa County:

Business Retention & Expansion

Strategic Goal: A cohesive Business Retention & Expansion effort shall be the foundation of services provided by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation.  The strategic goal of an effective Business Retention & Expansion program is the creation and advancement of an environment in Ottawa County where businesses can successfully and strategically grow their business, enhance the local economy, and be profitable.

Strategic Objective(s):

  • Develop Industry Sector-Based BRE Approach with the purpose of collecting key data points that address short-term and long-term areas of opportunity and threat in the industrial/manufacturing, healthcare, and service/tourism sectors.
  • Expansion of OCIC Revolving Loan Fund Program to stimulate private sector investment projects that lie within the core industries of Ottawa County (specifically manufacturing/industrial, healthcare and tourism).

New Business Attraction

Strategic Goal: New Business Attraction strategic goals support the attraction/location of new businesses into Ottawa County.  The OCIC’s New Business Attraction efforts are centered on recruiting new businesses to Ottawa County in priority locations/industry sectors that are a compliment to the community’s existing business landscape, taking full advantage of the unique assets of the community.  An effective New Business Attraction strategy will enhance the marketability of industrial locations to those targeted audiences and provide a long-term initiative that guides OCIC time and resources to the highest possible ROI.

Strategic Objective(s): The Targeted Business Attraction Strategy will be well underway in 2016 and should be carefully monitored for effectiveness in building awareness within the target sectors and increasing Ottawa County’s place in competing for new business attraction projects.

Workforce Development

Strategic Goal: Workforce Development is a recognized critical aspect of a successful economic development effort.  OCIC’s Workforce Development services will focus primarily on supporting the needs of Ottawa County employers, but will also include supporting the needs of employers within our regional labor shed.  The workforce development priorities will be an inclusive effort to support advancement opportunities for the existing workforce and job seekers.

Strategic Objective(s):

  • Fulfill Deliverables of Workforce Development Outreach Contract, which ensures existing and future employers have access to, and can sustain, a qualified workforce in Ottawa County.  Through the Workforce Development Outreach Contract, OCIC will be recognized as the connecting point between employers’ needs and job seekers’ aspirations.
  • Fulfill Deliverables of OhioMeansJobs-Ottawa County Contract, which align with the new federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) guidelines and objectives, and advance Ottawa County’s comprehensive employment services.
  • Drive Further Implementation of Business Advisory Council Objectives, as outlined on the Career Development Roadmap and as designed to elevate the exposure and engagement of local K-12 students to in-demand skill sets and career opportunities available within Ottawa County.

Communications & Marketing

Strategic Goal: Communications & Marketing of the OCIC shall be integrated into the Business Retention & Expansion, New Business Attraction, and Workforce Development strategies of the organization in an effort to effectively communicate the overall OCIC vision and mission to stakeholders and the community.

Strategic Objective(s):

  • Grow Business  OCIC Engagement to more effectively disseminate business-related activities and projects through multiple information channels.  Growing this engagement will build stronger awareness of Ottawa County’s economic and community assets.
  • Enhance Internal & External Awareness of OCIC Resources that will increase economic activity and business competitiveness.
  • Establish Communications Effort for Long-Term Targeted Business Attraction Strategy, as defined under the New Business Attraction section.