Referring and connecting local students and jobseekers to local partners and mentors who can assist with job and career readiness


Developing a local workforce of homegrown talent that can fill the needs of the employers in Allen County


Cultivating a sustained pipeline of young talent with the right skills, ready for career opportunities with Allen County employers

What is Link Lima/Allen County?

Link Lima/Allen County is a workforce development framework, providing the foundation for programs that connect employers with qualified talent, and working to ensure that those programs are sustainable, scalable, systemic, and “sticky”. Link Lima/Allen County is a collaboration among Allen County’s workforce stakeholders, including employers of all sizes and types, business associations, college & universities, high schools and career tech schools, social service agencies, philanthropists, and public officials and government entities.

About Link LimaWhat is the mission and vision?

The mission of Link Lima/Allen County is to attract, develop, and retain an employer-ready local workforce with the right skills to fill the needs of local employers. The vision is to create such an abundant supply of local, employer-ready talent that we can not only support and retain our current businesses, helping them to grow, but we can attract new businesses to the region because of this nurtured talent asset.

Who is involved in Link Lima/Allen County?

In addition to the region’s larger employers — St. Rita’s, Lima Memorial, P&G, Husky, Potash, Dana, Lakeview Farms, Ford, and more — over 850 smaller businesses of the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce are actively participating and are represented by a Small Business Leadership Team of 25-30 leading small business owners and managers.

The social services agencies and service organizations that support the community are actively involved in Link Lima/Allen County, including Allen County Department of Job and Family Services and OhioMeansJobs, Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs, the Area Agency on Aging, Coleman Services, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, the Northwest Ohio Literacy Council, Regional Planning Commission, the YWCA, Choices Behavioral Services, as well as the colleges, universities, career tech schools and public/private schools that serve the community.

How does Link Lima/Allen County work?

Link Lima/Allen County functions as a talent incubator, stimulating growth of the local workforce by actively recruiting jobseeker, student, and adult learner participation in local programs that engage, train, and prepare candidates to fill the needs of local businesses.

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