About Us

Wood County Economic Development Commission
639 S. Dunbridge, Suite 2
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
419-352-7469

FAX:419-373-4933

Wade Gottschalk
Executive Director
wade@woodcounty.com

Sarah Lingo
Executive Secretary
sarah@woodcounty.com




WCEDC Staff

Sarah Lingo
Executive Secretary
sarah@woodcounty.com

Wade Gottschalk
Executive Director
wade@woodcounty.com

Executive Committee

Doug Miller, President
Jerry Greiner, Treasurer
Rob Graham, Member-at-Large
Andrew Kalmar, County Adminstrator

Sheri Bokros, Vice President
Joe Luzar, Corporate Secretary
Rex Huffman, Member-at-Large
Lane Williamson, Immediate Past President

Our History

Founded in 1993, when a group of private sector business leaders approached the Wood County Commissioners with the idea of a public/private partnership to grow the employment and tax base of Wood County, the Wood County Economic Development Commission (WCEDC) is one of the more successful economic development organizations in the State of Ohio.  Funded through a 1/10th of 1% real property transfer fee on the public side, and a membership dues structure on the private side, the WCEDC has attracted over $2.5 billion of private sector investment and 7,000 jobs since being incorporated as an Ohio non-profit corporation in March, 1993.

Honored by the Ohio Economic Development Association(OEDA) with its President’s Award in 2007, the WCEDC takes the message of Wood County onto the worldwide stage through participation in trade missions with the Ohio Department of Development and the Center for Automotive Research’s Automotive Communities Program.  Recognizing that even local economic development does not take place in a vacuum, the WCEDC is an active participant in the Northwest Ohio Economic Development Association (NORED).

Among the higher profile projects which the WCEDC has facilitated in recent years are the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Hub-a $175 million segment of CSX’ National Gateway project; the initial siting and two subsequent $100+million expansions of First Solar, the nation’s largest facility manufacturing utility grade photovoltaic panels, the 750,000 square foot distribution center for Walgreen’s, and the $87 million regional hub for Fed Ex Ground.

Amazon fulfillment center awarded sales tax break on building materials

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Ground is broken for new First Solar plant; 500 new jobs projected

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Home Depot Distribution Center

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Wood County News

What happens when 2,000 jobs are filled in Wood County?

https://www.sent-trib.com/news/what-happens-when-jobs-are-filled-in-wood-county/article_277c9736-055c-11ea-94de-db298f5cd74f.html

WCEDC Blog

Wood County to celebrate bicentennial with birthday bash

  https://bgindependentmedia.org/wood-county-to-celebrate-bicentennial-with-birthday-bash/

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