BUCYRUS – Gary Frankhouse, executive director and director of economic development for the Crawford County Partnership for Education and Economic Development (Crawford Partnership), is stepping down at the end of January after seven years of taking over his family business.
“I really think Crawford County is a great place, with features like US Route 30,” Frankhouse said. “I am so honored to have been a part of the progress our county has made, and I look forward to seeing more of the good things that are already happening.”
Frankhouse joined the Partnership in October 2014 as the Economic Development Coordinator. After Dave Williamson retired in July 2015, he was unanimously selected by the board of directors to also serve as executive director.
During Frankhouse’s tenure with the Crawford Partnership, the organization grew and matured, adding the ability of staff to guide its efforts. The partnership joined, created and participated in local, regional and state economic development efforts and continued with grants, initiatives and programs offered by JobsOhio (Regional Growth Partnership), the private nonprofit in Ohio for job creation and economic development.
Over the past seven years and in collaboration with other organizations and individuals, Frankhouse and the Partnership have continued to make progress with the creation of Local Opportunity Zones, a Transportation Improvement District (TID), a development strategy Comprehensive Economic Center (CEDS), an Ohio Site authenticated at the Ohio Crossroads Industrial Center, a housing study and positioned Crawford County as one of the first counties to use the Department of the Department’s Rural Industrial Park Loan Program. Ohio Development. In addition, Frankhouse has championed the development of the Freese Multipurpose Center in Galleon and led efforts to draft and adopt the “Crawford: Vision 2030” strategic plan to help guide regional economic development efforts for the next decade.
“I have had the privilege of working alongside Gary throughout his career with the Partnership,” said Crawford Partnership Board Chair Todd Boyer. “Gary’s passion, leadership and knowledge of strategic economic development have driven Crawford County forward over the past seven years, positioned this community for greater opportunities and growth in the future, and positioned the Partnership. as a key influence of regional economic development.
Erin Stine, the Partnership’s director of community development since February 2017, will serve as interim executive director until a successor is identified and hired. A search committee made up of members of the Partnership’s executive committee is actively working to fill the vacant position.
“Gary had a passion for Crawford County and its potential,” said Stine. “We were a great team and both saw the organization mature. I will miss working with him, but I also know that he is leaving that role with Crawford County in a better place and with a clear plan for the next decade.
For more information on the Crawford Partnership and its initiatives, visit the organization’s website www.crawfordpartnership.org.