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FINDLAY, OHIO – 2014 was a big year for economic development in Findlay with both Marathon Petroleum and Cooper Tire announcing expansions at headquarters, as well as the creation of Tall Timbers West Industrial Park.


Tim Mayle is the assistance director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development. He said they were able to leverage the industrial park project to make the area even more marketable.


Success breeds success and Mayle said the city’s attraction efforts has made the pipeline of projects for the area is fuller than it has been in years. Mayle said you never know which projects will amount to something and which won’t, but there is plenty of excitement about the potential for 2015.


Looking ahead to the next few years, the workforce will begin to see a significant increase in retirement rates. Mayle said this is why his department will be focusing so much on workforce development this year.


Mayle said they work with local education partners as well as businesses to figure out what is needed to attract workers to our area. Things like parks, housing and networking opportunities are a few examples.


He said the creation of Findlay Young Professionals has been helpful in that initiative to help younger workers learn about the community, as well as larger projects like the Marathon expansion. Mayle said no matter what industry, workforce development affects everyone.