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Local Organizations Working to Unify

November 16, 2023

The Boards of Directors of the Huron County Chamber of Commerce, the Huron County Development Council, and the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation have voted to enter official discussions with the goal of merging organizations to create one, unified county-wide chamber and economic development organization that is a public-private partnership in funding and governance in 2024.

 While formal details are not yet identified, such as organizational structure, name, or location, the organizations have agreed that it is in their and the community’s long-term best interest to align in this way. A single, unified chamber and economic development organization will reduce duplication, create organizational efficiencies, streamline the community engagement and support options for local companies, and allow for a higher quality of service due to pooled resources.

The next several months will involve extensive community, member, and stakeholder engagement from the organizations. The organizations plan to have the critical questions answered and structure of the new organization determined by July 2024, with the first full year of a new budget and operation being 2025.

More information about each organization, including their mission, staff, and boards of directors, can be found at their websites: huroncountyohio.com, hcdc.net, and norwalknedc.com. The organizations encourage stakeholders to reach out to help inform this process so it can have the greatest benefit to the community possible.