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The Village of Oak Harbor, Ohio, located in the hub of the industrial Midwest, grew from land near the Black Swamp and the forest on the bank of the Portage River. Originally incorporated as the Village of Hartford in 1835, the name was changed to Oak Harbor in 1863 and incorporated in 1871. The name was chosen to emphasize the prominence of oak trees in the area and “harbor” for the importance of the river to the village.
The village’s early economy centered on wood-related products and many businesses used the vast amounts of timber in the area until agriculture and factories became more prevalent into the 1900s.
While much of the business and commerce of the area is related to agriculture, today the village has less of an emphasis on manufacturing and more on specialty shops, convenience stores and services businesses.
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the popular Apple Festival in downtown Oak Harbor each year. Lake Erie shoreline, beaches, marinas, state park and wildlife refuge all attract nearly 7 million visitors to the Lake Erie Shores & Islands annually.
100 Years in Public Power
The Village of Oak Harbor established itself as a public power community in 1914, celebrating 100 years in public power in 2014.
The Electric Department serves more than 1,800 meters and employees set poles, hang transformers, pull in wire conductors, hook up new services, complete streetlight repair, and perform meter reading. Oak Harbor Public Power is also involved in supplying power for the village’s Fourth of July celebration, Apple Festival, and holiday events.
Reliable service is a top priority and the village has a duty man on call 24/7 to handle any interruptions in power that may occur.
As a member of AMP, Oak Harbor participates in a number of AMP programs and projects that assist in providing reliable energy and other benefits to the community and its citizen-owners. These include:
For more information, please visit www.oakharbor.oh.us.