Welcome to Van Wert County, OH !
Van Wert County Economic Development Office facilitates the creation and retention of quality jobs.
Hands-on assistance to business startups, expansions or relocations .
Assist existing businesses in meeting their growth potential.
Developed with input from the public and business community.
Superior standard of living, community pride and solid work ethic.
Major communities surrounding Van Wert County include Lima, Ohio, 20 miles to the east, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 30 miles west, Dayton, Ohio 80 miles south and Toledo, Ohio 85 miles north.
Van Wert is located within a 350 mile radius of the Great Lakes, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Toledo and Dayton. This central location illustrates the convenience of Van Wert manufacturing, sales and distribution to midwestern industries.
Van Wert’s superior standard of living, community pride and solid work ethic make it especially attractive for industrial development. Its hometown atmosphere offers a fine educational system, an overall low cost of living and outstanding medical and recreational facilities. The city’s central location and midwestern roots give it a unique social and cultural awareness that makes it a special place to call HOME.
On January 8th, 2013, OSU Extension and the City and County of Van Wert proudly announced northwest Ohio native Cynthia Leis as the new Economic Development Director and Community Development Educator for Van Wert County.
Cynthia spent 17 years working with Ohio manufacturers through her role as senior business consultant for the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) based in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio and the last two years as a professor in the College of Business at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) in Lima, Ohio.
Over the past two decades, she has collaborated with regional and county economic development directors, small business development centers, Ohio Department of Development agencies and regional universities and community colleges to promote retention and growth among the manufacturing community. Prior to her work with MAGNET and the Edison Technology Center & Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) she spent 10 years with General Dynamics Land Systems Division as a Manufacturing Program Manager. Cynthia is a graduate of Bluffton University and has earned her MBA at Tiffin University. Cynthia and her husband Mike, reside in Delphos, Ohio with their three children.
“As the Economic Development Director in Van Wert County, I look forward to my role as an educator, collaborator and creator of new opportunities for businesses to locate within the county as well as retain and grow the business base that is already in existence.”