About Grow Crawford

A Catalyst for Growth in Crawford County

Grow Crawford is the Crawford Partnership’s economic development arm, led by Economic Development Director Gary Frankhouse. Grow Crawford employs a comprehensive countywide approach to achieve its priorities and to enhance the livelihood of Crawford County through strategic, action-oriented economic development.

With direct access to US 30 and Route 4, Crawford County is conveniently located and uniquely positioned for economic success now and for years to come. The Crawford Partnership takes a multi-faceted approach to promoting economic growth by building strong relationships with public and private-sector leaders, leveraging and connecting resources, problem solving, and recognizing the importance of community development to bolster the quality of life for Crawford County’s workforce.

Our economic development priorities are:

  • To support retention and expansion of existing businesses that operate in and serve Crawford County
  • To continue development, training, and retention of a quality local workforce
  • To attract new business and industry
  • To support the development of passionate entrepreneurs.


Economic Development: Return on Investment

● Site Ohio: invested more than $10k for environment and geotechnical certifications

● Secured Food and Beverage Site Certification in the Crossroads Industrial Park

● Bucyrus Rail: helped facilitate $225k in grants from JobsOhio & the Ohio Rail Development Commission

● Public Transportation: invested $5k to support the workforce and transportation

The REC: invested more than $25k for successful feasibility studies and architectural renderings = $7.2M in capital investment

● Leadership & Workforce Development: CU Lead Program: more than 100 graduates + Supervisor Boot Camp: nearly 150 participants

Community Opportunity: $80k investment to connect local businesses with job seekers & to promote Crawford County/decrease “brain drain” of local talent

● Catalyst for Higher Education: helped initiate and support efforts to bring Crawford Success Center

● 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 future workforce

● Abandoned Gas Station: invested $100k to support the City of Bucyrus

● Brownfied Grant: Phase I & II assessment; $200k investment

Site Assessment Certification in conjunction with AEP

● Awarded AEP Ohio Local Economic Advancement Program (LEAP) grant for three consecutive years

● WAGE program: more than 425 students and 128 teachers have toured 12 local businesses to promote the businesses and highlight career opportunities for students upon graduation

● Strategic investments in Youth Leadership Council and Crawford Works

● Collaborative efforts to enhance childcare offerings for area workforce

● Strong support for the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce & Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce