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Welcome Toledo-Lucas County wins award in the Gateways for Growth Challenge Round III

Toledo, OH – New American Economy and Welcoming America have selected Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (Welcome TLC) to receive a Gateways for Growth Challenge award in the third year of the initiative.

Launched in December 2015, the Gateways for Growth Challenge is a competitive opportunity for local communities to receive tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants from New American Economy and Welcoming America to develop multi-sector plans for welcoming and integrating immigrants.

“We launched the Welcome TLC initiative five years ago because we realized the value of immigrants and refugees and the potential they bring to Toledo and Lucas County. Toledo-Lucas County has a unique immigrant population and history that has served us well in the past and will continue to serve us well in the future,” the Lucas County Commissioners said.

“This is another step in Welcome TLC’s leadership in including Toledo-Lucas County’s small but growing and diverse immigrant population in our regional talent and economic development strategies,” said Mechelle Zarou and Reem Subei, Welcome TLC’s Co-Chairs. “Especially in this era of misinformation on immigration, Toledo’s immigrant community is to be celebrated and welcomed and we continue to work to put our region on the map nationally.”

Following a rigorous application process, Welcome TLC and 12 other communities were selected for the third round of the Gateways for Growth Challenge. This year’s awardees, alongside Welcome TLC, include Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Charlotte, North Carolina, Flint, Michigan, Lexington, Kentucky, Lowell, Massachusetts, Memphis, Tennessee, Northern Kentucky, Roanoke, Virginia, San Antonio, Texas, and Wayne County, Michigan.

In applying for the Gateways for Growth Challenge, Welcome TLC demonstrated a strong commitment to develop a concrete strategy that ensure all residents have access to the tools and support they need to succeed and contribute to their communities, and to highlight the contributions immigrants are already making locally. Foreign-born residents account for about seven percent of Toledo’s population and more than nine percent of Lucas County’s population.

Welcome TLC will receive tailored research assistance from the Gateways for Growth Challenge to update a study on the demographics and economic impact of immigrants and refugees in Toledo. 

In 2014, the Lucas County Commissioners launched the Welcome Toledo-Lucas County Initiative in partnership with LISC Toledo with resolutions of support from Lucas County and the City of Toledo. Welcome TLC is governed by a Steering Committee of cross-sector community partners and leaders, including immigrants, refugees, and people of diverse cultures that is focused on community outreach, language access, legal services, and workforce and economic development. More information on Welcome TLC can be found on their Facebook page and on LISC Toledo’s webpage

Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak elected President of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners

Commissioner Wozniak elected to one-year term as President

TOLEDO, OH – Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak was selected Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the three-member Board of Commissioners to serve as board President for 2019. She will serve a one-year term.

“We will work collaboratively with staff, labor unions, and elected officials to address budget challenges while continuing to deliver great public service to the citizens of Lucas County. We will continue to utilize innovation to create efficiencies in county operations while staying committed to key capital improvements projects in downtown and within our county operations. Look for exciting developments to happen in 2019 that will benefit our residents and community as a whole,” Commissioner Wozniak said.  

Commissioner Wozniak previously served as president from 2005 through 2008 and 2015 through 2016. She is currently in her 17th year as a Lucas County Commissioner.

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken re-elected to CCAO Board of Directors

Toledo, OH – Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken was re-elected Monday to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) Board of Directors at the association’s annual winter conference in Columbus. 

He will serve a second two-year term on the Board of Directors. In addition, Commissioner Gerken is the co-chair of the Water Quality Task Force.

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio advances effective county government through legislative advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and research, quality enterprise service programs, and greater citizen awareness and understanding of government.

Lucas County Board of Commissioners files lawsuit in national prescription opiate litigation

The Lucas County Board of Commissioners today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, against defendant manufacturers and distributors of prescription opiates.  The Board was joined by Lucas County Children Services Board and the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County as plaintiffs in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation multidistrict litigation, MDL 2804.  Read More

Statement by Lucas County Commissioners in response to Governor Kasich’s executive order designating eight watersheds as distressed

The commissioners issued a statement Wednesday in response to the governor's executive order declaring Lake Erie watersheds distressed. Read More

Lucas County Board of County Commissioner's Statement Regarding Immigration Raids in Sandusky County

The Lucas County Commissioners released a statement today on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids Tuesday at greenhouses in Sandusky and Castalia and the arrests of 114 people. Read More

Toledo Area Water Authority Memorandum of Understanding

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Welcome Toledo-Lucas County unveils new community resource guide to address hate and racism

There is so much we can all do to address hate and racism in our community. This guide is intended to be a living document and resource guide for local organizations and initiatives and national resources to address hate and racism and to build welcoming, inclusion, and equity in our community. Please consider volunteering, donating, elevating, connecting, and supporting these efforts. Get started today with the Welcome TLC Equity Guide!

MacArthur Safety + Justice Challenge

In April of 2016, Lucas County was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $1.75 million grant to reform Lucas County's criminal justice system. The Safety + Justice challenge allows Lucas County to implement meaningful reform in our criminal justice system as we address fundamental questions about community safety, the use of jails, and justice for all. 
Learn more about Lucas County's efforts to ensure that our criminal justice system works for all residents at the Safety & Justice Challenge website.

View the MacArthur Safety +Justice Challenge 2017 Annual Report  

Nutrient Source Inventory Tool

The Lucas County Commissioners, the City of Toledo, and the Toledo/Lucas County Sustainability Commission is proud to announce the unveiling of the Western Lake Erie Nutrient Source Inventory Tool.

The Western Lake Erie Nutrient Source Inventory (NSI) is an interactive map showing sources of nutrients in the western Lake Erie watershed. The NSI looks at urban and rural sources of runoff throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin that is contributing to harmful algal blooms. The map will be an important tool in the initiative to reduce phosphorus amounts in Lake Erie by 40 percent

Nutrient Source Inventory Tool

Lucas County 2017 Budget

The Lucas County Commissioners passed a $600 million budget on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Clink the link below to see the full presentation.

2017 Budget Presentation

Toledo Seagate Convention Centre Market and Revenue Study

The Lucas County Commissioners hosted Development Strategies, Inc., for the public presentation of the Toledo Seagate Convention Centre Market and Revenue Study.

Click the link below to view the full presentation.

Toledo Seagate Convention Centre Market and Revenue Study



Lucas County is Committed to a Clean Lake Erie

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Moving Forward: Legal Solutions to Lake Erie's Harmful Algal Blooms
Commissioned by the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, written by legal experts and professors Ken Kilbert and Jack Tuholske, this report is an in-depth analysis of the legal tools available to address water quality issues. The report provides a framework for success in restoring and maintaining the health of Lake Erie.

Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC)

This initiative works to build a welcoming and inclusive community for immigrants and people of diverse cultures that supports a vibrant civic, economic, and social fabric for all. Currently housed in the Board of Lucas County Commissioners in partnership with Toledo LISC.
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