A Promotion and New Hire for Defiance County Economic Development


The Defiance County Economic Development promotes Kortney Williams to Marketing & Workforce Manager. Williams has served as the Office Manager since August 2017. In her new role, she’ll take the lead on all workforce & marketing initiatives. “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to market Defiance County and assist local companies with their workforce development needs. My hope is to be the connector between educational agencies and local companies. The goal is simply to connect locals to job opportunities, and then also attract new residents into the county too. I hope to see real impact, but to do that it will have to be a collaborative effort with all partners,” stated Williams. Williams’ experience with marketing, along with the relationships she’s built over the last several years in Defiance County, coupled with her educational background, give her a unique outlook on the future of workforce and marketing for Defiance County. Williams has a Bachelors in Organization Business Management.

“I’ve seen firsthand the desire Kortney Williams has for helping others. She comes in every day striving to assist local business leaders. I’ve only been the Executive Director since the beginning of this year, but already, I can tell you with complete confidence, Kortney is an influencer and connector that will only amplify in her new role,” said Erika Willitzer.


Filling Kortney Williams role as Office Manager will be Sonya Herber. Herber has a Master of Education Degree from Defiance College and has most recently served as a Quality Assurance Auditor, and prior to that she served as Executive Director of Paulding County United Way and worked at Paulding County Job and Family Services. “We’re super excited to have Sonya, as the newest member of our team. She will no doubt keep us on track with her organizational abilities, but also, she is well versed in business and workforce initiatives. One of the biggest things, I admire about Sonya, is her enthusiasm. Don’t be surprised when you call our office, you’ll get a heavy dose of happiness. That…along with her knowledge, make her a great fit and the right addition,” added Willitzer.


You can reach out to Kortney Williams at Kortney@DefianceCountyED.com or Sonya Herber at Sonya@DefianceCountyED.com. Of if you want that heavy dose of happy or just information regarding your business needs, contact our office at 419-784-4471.


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