Business & Workforce Development Manager
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. Since then, she has built positive relationships with local businesses and has been part of numerous activities within the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council, including the Career Engagement Opportunity (CEO) Internship Program and the annual Ottawa County Career Showcase. Ms. Winterfield works closely with OhioMeansJobs Ottawa County to assist employers with their hiring needs, including the On-the-Job Training program.
In 2015, 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 and their three children.