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.


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

Michele is a Huron County native. From an entrepreneurial family, Michele has had office and business development responsibilities since childhood. With 30 years of executive and administrative assisting and payables and receivables responsibilities, Michele keeps the NEDC staff and board headed in the right direction.

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:



North Central Ohio Industrial Park has been pre-vetted through the SiteOhio Authentication program to guarantee speed, cost, and risk benefits for your company.

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

Bluto’s Hometown Tavern

Borgers Ohio, Inc.

Candace Chapin

Christian Roberts Salon, Inc.

City of Norwalk

Civista Bank

Croghan Colonial Bank

Custom Metal Works

Don Tester Ford Lincoln

Durable Corporation

Edward Jones- Thomas Schubert

Evans Funeral Home

Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Fisher’s Transmission

Flickinger Insurance

Great Lakes Electric

Howard Hanna-Norma Schaechterle

Hoty Enterprises

Huber, Jeff

Huron County Commissioners

Janotta & Herner, Inc.

Key Bank

Lake Erie Construction

Mark Schaffer Excavating & Trucking

Maple City Ice

New Horizons Baking Company

NISSHA (Olympus)

Nobil’s Sports & Trophies

Northern Ohio Truck Center, Inc.

Norwalk Concrete Industries

Norwalk Custom Order Furniture

Norweco, Inc.

Oglesby Construction Inc.

Payne, Nickles & Company, CPA

Ploger Transportation

PNC Foundation

Prime Plastics

R & D Equipment, Inc.

Remax Frank VanDresser

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

The Lonz Law Firm, LLC

The Norwalk Waste Materials

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 | John Lendrum | Norwalk Concrete Industries

Board President Elect | Zach Jones | Janotta & Herner

Board Vice-President | Pete Lepley | Don Tester Ford

Board Treasurer | Denny Camp | Payne, Nickles & Co.

Board Secretary | Tanya Morrow | Ploger Transportation

Board Past President |Derek Newell | Croghan Colonial Bank

Finance Director | City of Norwalk

Dave Light, Mayor | City of Norwalk

Becky Fair | Nissha Medical Technologies

Chyllaum Foster | New Horizons Baking Co.

Zach Bleile | Lake Erie Construction

Dr. Brent Burkey | Fisher Titus Medical Center

Jessica Khaledi | Fisher Titus Medical Center

Steve Euton | Norwalk City Council

Steve Frankfather | PNC Bank

Jeff Huber | Civista Bank

Jackie Reed | Key Bank

Jason Schaffer | Mark Schaffer Excavating & Trucking, Inc.

Tom Secor | Durable Corporation

Tony Whitacre | Oglesby Construction Inc.

Holger Wissel | Borgers Ohio, Inc.

Bruce (Skip) Wilde | Huron County Commissioners

Legacy Member | Stephen Zigo | Stephen Zigo, Architect

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

contact NEDC today

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Serving Norwalk, Ohio