Wobser returns to Sandusky in new role

Eric Wobser is coming home.

The former city manager of Sandusky is returning to downtown, but this time, in a new capacity. Wobser will take on the role as CEO of the Greater Sandusky Partnership starting in August.

The GSP announced Friday that it will merge with the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC) and that Wobser will be the CEO of the merged groups.

According to a press release from GSP, "Wobser will work on behalf of the GSP board and all affiliate members to develop and implement a strategic vision for the economic advancement of Erie County and the greater Sandusky region."

In his new role, Wobser will oversee the unified GSP/ECEDC, which will place programs including Firelands Forward (workforce development), RISE (entrepreneurship), Minority Business Empowerment Team, Erie County Port Authority (public financing), the Erie County Chamber of Commerce (advocacy and membership services) and Destination Sandusky (marketing and community programming) all under an aligned, comprehensive vision for improving the economic competitiveness of the region, according to the release.

Before leaving Sandusky, where he was city manager for eight years, Wobser was transition director and chief of staff for Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne for seven months.

"I'm excited to engage our partners to build on the momentum we all created over the last decade," Wobser tells The Helm. "I'm particularly excited to work regionally and help forge stronger connections with communities like Huron, Vermilion, Milan and Bay View. They are doing great work and GSP can help accelerate their momentum."