Project Overview

The Lorain County Strategic Action Plan aims to position Lorain County on a continued path of a diverse, resilient, and vibrant community.

Lorain County is located in the north-eastern portion of Ohio. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 312,964 with the County seat being Elyria. Agriculture dominates the southern area of the County with a large presence of manufacturing and health care industry in the north. The County is well known for its academic institutions and strong business environment., including corporate headquarters and major facilities of global corporations as well as leading-edge start-ups.

Over the past number of years, amidst a global pandemic, the County has seen economic growth, enormous investment, job creation and retention and dedication to higher educational attainment and businesses being headquartered in Lorain County.

The outcome of this process, running August 2023 through April 2024, will be to produce a robust, comprehensive and sustainable Strategic Action Plan.

It is our firm belief that a successful strategic planning process is based on three primary principles: It is future oriented, data driven, and people focused.

The ‘future orientation’ is particularly important to take account of rapidly emerging social and technological trends related to global health and well-being.

The ‘data driven’ ensures the plan is built on solid research, public input, and information, and is measurable.

The ‘people focused’ is important to build support for the plan and to harness the best possible input into the strategic planning process .