Carol joined the HCDC economic development team as Executive Director in 2011.  Carol entered the economic development profession in 2001, receiving her Economic Development Finance Professional certification in 2004.  Carol’s responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of economic development within Huron County including project management; business retention and expansion program; workforce assistance; new business startup assistance; and representing the county’s interest with local, regional, and state agencies. 


Carol A. Knapp, EDFP
Executive Director

Office Phone: 419-663-4232
Cell Phone: 419-577-1320
Email: econdirector@hcdc.net


Karmen J. Ross
Assistant Director

Office Phone: 419-663-4232
Cell Phone: 419-577-9059
Email: asstdirector@hcdc.net


Karmen brings a wealth of knowledge relative to workforce solutions to the team’s economic development and workforce efforts and has established working relationships with businesses throughout Huron County. Karmen’s expertise with social media, websites, and marketing is a real asset to the organization.  



HCDC Executive Board


Shawn Tappel, President

Email: stappel@norw.org

Visit: Northern Ohio Rural Water


Anthony Luedy, Vice President

Email: LuedyA@fnblifetime.com

Visit: First National Bank


Craig Trick, Secretary

Email: craig@constructionsolution.us

Visit: Comprehensive Construction Solutions


Thomas Gray, Treasurer

Email: villageadm@monroevilleohio.com

Visit: Village of Monroeville


Jerry is one of the founding fathers of the organization and has held various positions on the HCDC Executive Board over the years. Jerry’s efforts on behalf of the economic growth of our county is sincerely appreciated and we are honored to make him our first HCDC Honorary, Lifetime member serving in an Ex-Officio role on our board.


Jerry Shoemaker,
Lifetime Honorary Member