419.668.9858 info@norwalknedc.com

Norwalk Economic Development Corporation

Economic Development

As a public-private partnership, the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to identify and capitalize on opportunities to continuously improve the Norwalk area’s business base. 

What we do

Created in 2002 by a dedicated group of concerned private business people and public officials and beginning operations in July 2003, NEDC is a public-private partnership that fosters a strong economic environment in the Norwalk area that supports businesses and nurtures growth while promoting stability in the marketplace. 

Resource Connector

Coordinate efforts with resource providers to ensure that Norwalk companies are receiving the best assistance available.

Industry Supporter

Nurture strong relationships with local existing businesses to support their retention and expansion.

Workforce Conduit

Help develop a stronger workforce by providing opportunities to learn skills, which advance and/or fill positions in our area.

Business Advocate

Establish and reinforce Norwalk’s image as a business friendly, pro-growth location.

Regional Partner

Collaborate with partners to improve the business environment, enabling ways to compete for new business.

The Development Center

Serve as an anchor institution in the City of Norwalk housing economic development activities in a state of the art facility.


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NEDC is led by Executive Director Sarah Ross. Ross has over ten years experience in business development and community partnerships and four years here in our regional economic development system. Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship programming, collective impact, and business retention and expansion. 

Michele Dresser Headshot

Kayla Strause joined NEDC in 2023 as the new Economic Development Assistant. Strause recently graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Communications and Nonprofit Administration. Her background in marketing, grants, and community engagement will allow her to support NEDC’s mission and the Norwalk area businesses. In Kayla’s role, she will be a critical contributor to important community and business projects through programming, community outreach, and nonprofit management.

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Alissa joined NEDC in 2021 as the RISE Coordinator. She will provide support and assistance in job growth and economic development by linking business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to comprehensive assistance and regional service providers with expertise in business start-up, development, and acceleration. Her skills include account management, organization, and communication. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University. She currently resides in Norwalk, Ohio with her husband, Jack and Husky, Storm. 

when to call nedc

Our local economic development office serving Norwalk, Ohio can be of assistance for a variety of companies across many industries and at all stages of business development the best times to call us are when you find yourself at a decision point such as:



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Regional Labor Force

Contiguous Developable Acres

halfway between toledo and cleveland


NEDC’s unique public-private partnership model allows us to serve as a conduit between local and state government and Norwalk area business interests in ways taht few others can.

Click here to see our portfolio of public and private investors

American Timber & Steel

Battles Insurance

BGSU Firelands

Bluto’s Hometown Tavern

Bo Lacey Construction

Borgers Ohio, Inc.

Candace Chapin

Catering by Design, LLC

Christian Roberts Salon, Inc.

City of Norwalk

Civista Bank

Contractors Design Engineering

CW Mechanical

Croghan Colonial Bank

Custom Metal Works

Dave’s Food Mart Inc.

Don Tester Ford Lincoln

Durable Corporation

Eagle Creek Golf Club

Edward Jones – Thomas Schubert

Edward Jones – Bradley Davis

Edward Jones – Andrea Lepley

Edward Jones – Jason Bradford

Edward Jones – Joe Bradford

Evans Funeral Home

Family Health Services

Firelands Federal Credit Union

First National Bank

Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Fisher’s Transmission

Flickinger Insurance

Great Lakes Electric

Howard Hanna – Norma Schaechterle

Hoty Enterprises

Huber, Jeff

Huron County Chamber of Commerce

Huron County Commissioners

Intelliworks HT

Janotta & Herner, Inc.

Key Bank

Lake Erie Construction


Mark Schaffer Excavating & Trucking

Maple City Ice

Maple City Rubber

New Horizons Baking Company

NISSHA (Olympus)

Nobil’s Sports & Trophies

Northern Ohio Truck Center, Inc.

Norwalk Area Visitor’s Bureau

Norwalk Concrete Industries

Norwalk Custom Order Furniture

Norweco, Inc.

Oglesby Construction Inc.

OHM Advisors

Payne, Nickles & Company, CPA

Phil Leak Company

Ploger Transportation

PNC Foundation

Prime Plastics

R & D Equipment, Inc.

RE/MAX Realty – Frank Van Dresser Team

Riley Contracting, Inc

RJ Beck Protective Systems Inc.

Sandy Ridge Winery, LLC

Seitz Design & Construction, Inc

Shaker Village Rental Communities, Ltd.

Sheri’s Coffee House

Stein, Olsen & Stang LLC

Smith Paving & Excavating Inc

Sommers Family Dentistry

Summit Motorsports Park

The Lonz Law Firm, LLC

The Norwalk Waste Materials

Tucker Escrow & Title Service

Tuffman Equipment

Tusing Builders & Roofing Services

Union Home Mortgage

Vacationland Federal Credit Union

Walker Eastman Heydinger Funeral Home

Wasiniak Construction, Inc.


Wheeling & Lake Erie RR

Wm Dauch Concrete Co.


Click here to see our Board of Directors

Board President | Zach Jones | Janotta & Herner

Board President Elect | Pete Lepley | Don Tester Ford

Board Vice-President| Tanya Morrow | Ploger Transportation

Board Treasurer | Kyle Bundschuh | Payne, Nickles & Co.

Board Secretary | Zach Bleile | Lake Erie Construction

Board Past President | John Lendrum | Norwalk Concrete Industries

Sandi Weltlin, Finance Director | City of Norwalk

Dave Light, Mayor | City of Norwalk

Derek Newell | Croghan Colonial Bank

Jill Lantz | Nissha Medical Technologies

Chyllaum Foster | New Horizons Baking Co.

Lisa Whaley | Firelands Federal Credit Union

Dr. Brent Burkey | Fisher Titus Medical Center

Steve Euton | Norwalk City Council

David Tatro | Family Health Services

Jeff Huber | Civista Bank

Jackie Reed | Key Bank

Jason Schaffer | Mark Schaffer Excavating & Trucking, Inc.

Harpak Mozzafarri | Borgers Ohio, Inc.

Bruce (Skip) Wilde | Huron County Commissioners

  • Public Investment – 22%
  • Private Businesses – 60%

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Serving Norwalk, Ohio