Portage County, Ohio
a rural small town environment and all
the amenities of Northeast Ohio within a
one-hour drive. Formed as part of the
Connecticut Western Reserve, Portage
County has a population of 161,419 and
encompasses approximately 500 square
Portage County was born of transportation Metalworking, Plastic & Rubber Products and
and in the beginning was acknowledged for its Printing/Publishing lead the county’s manufacturing
strategic location, and it still is today. I-80 (Ohio sector.
Turnpike), with two interchanges, and I-76 bisect the New and expanding manufacturing and
county in an east-west direction. I-480 provides distribution firms invested almost 1.1 billion dollars in
quick access to the Cleveland metro area and I-90. Portage County since 1992. These investments
I-76 provides access to the major north-south routes added almost 6,200 new jobs to Portage County's
of I-77 and I-71. While centrally located in the center job base and retained over 5,700 existing jobs. New
of Northeast Ohio’s manufacturing heartland, the construction added over 8.9 million sq. ft. of new
county retains its rural environment. Portage industrial space.
County's gently rolling topography houses over Portage County and local communities have
152,000 people. Major cities include Aurora, Kent, an aggressive economic development policy. Fifteen
Ravenna and Streetsboro. Enterprise Zones within the county have produced
All major modes of transportation are easily over 130 enterprise zone agreements with new and
assessable. The commercial airports of Akron- expanding industries.
Canton, Cleveland Hopkins International and
Youngstown are within a one-hour drive. Private For more information and confidential
aircraft have use of Portage County (3500 ft. assistance locating industrial sites, buildings and
runway) and Kent State University Airports. The development resources, contact:
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway provides quick
access to the nation’s rail network. Portage Development Board
Once noted for the high quality of its Diana Fierle, Executive Assistant
manufactured glass and the output of its more than 217 S. Chestnut Street
50 cheese plants, Portage County’s growing Ravenna, Ohio 44266
business base now hosts a range of industry Phone: (330) 297-3470 Fax: (330) 297-3472
producing an array of products, from butter to toys, E-mail: email@example.com
lamp bulbs, personal care products, lawn care and Web Site: www.portagedevbd.org
161,419 (2010 Census) Electric Power: Ohio Edison, a First Energy Co.
GOVERNMENT Natural Gas: Dominion/East Ohio Gas
Portage County’s government is administered by a three
member board of commissioners. Political subdivisions Water and Sanitary Sewer: Provided by various
include 5 cities, 7 villages and 18 townships political subdivisions and the Portage County Water
12 Public school districts and 4 private schools Telecommunications: SBC/Ameritech, AT&T, AllTel, GTE,
Maplewood Career Center United Telephone of Ohio and Windstream.
Kent State University
Hiram College WORKFORCE
Northeast Ohio Medical University Average Workforce as of 3/2011: 91,300
Fortis College Average Unemployment as of 3/2011: 9.2%
The region is home to over 30 institutions of higher Covered employment by industry as of 2010:
education. Manufacturing 24.7%
BUSINESS IN PORTAGE Wholesale/Retail 22.7%
Portage County is home to over 3500 businesses. Nearly Service 21.4%
400 are involved in manufacturing or distribution. *Government/Education 22.7%
Metalworking, Plastic & Rubber Products and Transportation/Utilities 2.0%
Printing/Publishing lead the county’s manufacturing Construction 4.4%
sector. Misc. 2.0%
Agri-business, with 719 farms average over $33,000 each Finance/Ins/Real Estate 1.6%
in annual sales. Major business employers include * Includes KSU, Hiram College and NEOMED.
General Electric, The Step2 Company, Deluxe Business
Systems, St Gobain Performance Plastics (Eaton Corp.), TAX STRUCTURE
Parker-Hannifin, Land O’Lakes, The Press of Ohio, Local Real Property: Assessed at 35% of market value.
McMaster Carr Corporation, Automated Packaging, Net effective millage for commercial/industrial property
Davey Tree Expert Company, DaimlerChrysler Mopar ranges from 38.32 – 78.02 per $1000.
Distribution Center, Commercial Turf Products, East
Manufacturing, USA Instruments, L’Oreal USA and TCP, Local Tangible Personal Property: Assessed at 0%
Inc. (Technical Consumer Prod), Delta Systems and Soft- of true value for existing personal property/inventory and
Lite Windows. 0% for new manufacturing equipment. Gross millage
ranges from 53.72 – 130.88 per $1000.
Highways I-76, I-80, & I-480 with quick access to I-71, I- Local Income Tax: 0 to 2%
77, I-90 & I-271. Ohio Turnpike (I-80) exits 13 & 13a are Local Sales/Use Tax: 1.25%
located in Portage County.
U. S. 224 & U.S. 422 State Taxes
Ohio 5, 14, 43, 44, 59, 82, 88, 183, 225, 261, 282, 303, Sales/Use Tax: 5.5%
305, 306, & 700. Corporate Income Tax: 5.1%
Personal Income Tax: 7% - 7%
Rail Service Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway provides Unemployment Tax: 1% - 8%
freight rail connections to the nations rail system.
Air Services Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Major malls in nearby communities, several strip centers
Akron/Canton Regional Airport and the and 70 outlet stores within the county provide an
Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport, conveniently abundance of shopping opportunities. Family recreation
located within a one hour drive of Portage County, offer options include Wildwater Kingdom, 11 public golf
daily direct and connecting flights to U. S. and courses, 3 state parks and a wide array of community
international destinations. Private aircraft have use of the parks and private campgrounds. Sports within a one-hour
Portage County and Kent State University Airports. drive include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers,
Cleveland Browns, Akron Aeros, Lake Erie Monsters,
Water ports low cost water transportation, via Lake Erie Lake County Captains and Cleveland Gladiators.
and the St. Lawrence Seaway is also within a one-hour
drive of Portage County. Revised: 5/2011