The City of Fremont is the county seat of Sandusky County and the center of the largely rural county. Agriculture is important to Fremont and the county. About 76 percent of Sandusky County is under cultivation. Crops are various and include northwest Ohio’s usual corn, wheat, and soybeans as well as diverse vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers. The Heinz Company operates its largest plant in Fremont.
Recreational fishing also contributes to the local economy. Fremont sits on the Sandusky River and the river is part of the big spring walleye run each year. Other highlights of the city include the Hayes Presidential Center in Spiegel Grove, home to the first presidential library, and the Fremont Speedway. In a city of about 17,000 people, about 4,400 residents are students who attend local schools: seven elementary schools, one middle school, a high school, and Sentinel Career Center. Terra Community College also serves area residents.
Fremont is a long time member of TMACOG and elected officials are active on councils and committees. Fremont Council Member Don Nalley was chair of TMACOG’s General Assembly Committee which designed the program for the January member meeting. Mr. Nalley sees value in participation in TMACOG. “As a City Councilman in Fremont I have found that being an active member of TMACOG has kept me current with many issues that affect our current need and our long term needs,” he said. “Like any organization you get out what you put into it. TMACOG definitely has the profile of a ‘leader’ in northwest Ohio.”
Other TMACOG members in the county include the City of Clyde, villages of Gibsonburg, Green Springs, Lindsey, and Woodville. Terra Community College is also a member.