The goal of the Defiance County Economic Development Office is to attract new jobs and investment to Defiance County. We work to achieve that goal by linking interested investors to the information they need regarding properties, utilities, incentive programs and more. Our team works to find the state and local resources that apply to each project, helping businesses and organizations find the assistance they need to be successful with their expansion or relocation.


Jerry Hayes
Executive Director

Carla Hinkle
Workforce Development Manager

Kortney Williams
Office Manager


Our board holds public meetings the third Thursday of every month at noon. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact our office at 419.784.4471 to RSVP.

President: Jeff Starner, Koester Corp.
Vice President: Brandon McCann, ServiceMaster by McCann
Treasurer: Tyson Stuckey, Shultz Huber & Associates
Corporate Secretary: Kortney Williams, Defiance County Economic Development

Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner
Diane Collins, Mayor of the Village of Hicksville
Mike McCann, Mayor of the City of Defiance
Jill Little, Defiance County Auditor
Cary Mallett, Defiance City Councilman
Ted Penner, Noble Township Trustee

Bryan Keller, Keller Logistics
Mark Ferris, First Federal Bank
Don Gillett, B&B Molded Products
Beth Sigg, Northwest Appraisal Co.
Benjamin Nighswander, APT Manufacturing
Drew Shindler, Baker-Shindler

Learn more about becoming an investor and supporting our efforts, or contact us to see how we can help your business succeed.