Working Together

With a shared vision of economic growth and individual well-being, OhioMeansJobs Lucas County, the Lucas County Department of Planning and Development, and the Workforce Development Board collaborate with organizations and agencies to ensure that Lucas County is a prosperous place for all who make their lives and livings here.

Together, we attract businesses, facilitate investment, ignite innovation, and cultivate a dynamic and modern workforce, fostering an environment that nurtures sustainable economic growth and cultivates a vibrant, thriving community.

OhioMeansJobs Lucas County

OhioMeansJobs Lucas County offers helpful services to build and strengthen job skills for workers in a variety of industries. We also support the hiring, training and expansion needs of local businesses to strengthen the local economy.


The Lucas County One-Stop System will provide quality-driven workforce services that assist individuals in developing and enhancing a multitude of work skill sets to meet the current and future needs of local businesses while embracing local economic growth and individual prosperity.


Lucas County will have a highly skilled, diverse workforce that provides individuals the opportunity to achieve career success while assisting local businesses to thrive in a competitive marketplace.

Lucas County Department of Planning and Development

The Lucas County Department of Planning and Development assists both job seekers and employers by coordinating with different organizations that provide workforce and economic development services.

The Department works with job seekers to find good jobs, helps businesses find skilled workers, and assists companies in expansion, relocation, and other economic development needs. We serve everyone, from entry-level workers to executives and small businesses to big corporations.

The Workforce Development Board, made up of leaders from different organizations, guides the Department’s activities.

Workforce Development Board

The mission of the Lucas County Workforce Development Board is to provide leadership and oversight to the workforce development system within Lucas County. Through strategic partnerships with business, government, economic developers, educators, and service organizations, we seek to increase the economic potential of our community with education, training, and placements of our workforce.

Board members represent businesses, workforce organizations, and governmental agencies throughout Lucas County and meet on a regular basis to assist the department in workforce policies and ensuring that we serve the residents of Lucas County efficiently and effectively.

About Workforce Development

In 2014, the United States Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, replacing the Workforce Investment Act. This change shifted the focus toward better-serving businesses and addressing the employment barriers faced by many potential workers. The new law emphasized increased engagement between service providers and job seekers and enhanced regional cooperation among workforce areas. This change also required a restructured board with more business representation, leading to the establishment of the Lucas County Workforce Development Board.

OhioMeansJobs Lucas County, formerly known as The Source of Northwest Ohio, opened in 2004 as a one-stop employment center. As part of a statewide branding initiative, the center was renamed and now operates within the America’s Job Center network. It continues to offer high-quality assistance to job seekers and employers while benefiting from being part of the state’s OhioMeansJobs Center system.

Without the financial support of WIOA I would not have been able to continue my education and find employment. I know this was the right thing to do because everything just fell into place.


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