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P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330-672-4080
or 800-793-0912
International: 001-330-672-4080

Joint Office of Economic Development (JOED)

The Northeast Ohio Joint Office of Economic Development (JOED) was formed in 1996 when a formal agreement was signed by six Northeast Ohio counties creating a public-private partnership that would address economic issues on a regional level. These counties—Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumbull—then established NEOTEC to carry out the economic development initiatives of their newly formed collaboration. Volunteers from public and private economic development organizations from the six counties staffed NEOTEC for its first four-and-a-half years. In October 2000, NEOTEC was restructured as a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, and NEOTEC’s first staff members were hired in 2001.

Two more counties have since become members of the JOED and NEOTEC: Medina County in 2005, and Richland County in 2006.

Stressing cooperation over competition, the JOED agreed upon the following guiding principles:

  • One county - one vote
  • Enhance existing development efforts, rather than duplicate them
  • Develop private sector input
  • Define county interests within regional goals
  • Share benefits


The JOED is comprised of the three county commissioners of each of the NEOTEC counties and the Executive of Summit County. (NOTE: Summit County utilizes an Executive and Council form of government.)

Each county designates one commissioner as representative to the JOED Board. To govern NEOTEC, the county commissioners and Summit County Executive have authority to appoint two trustees and one alternate to the NEOTEC board of trustees.

JOED Board Representatives:

Ilene Shapiro
- Summit County
Tim Weigle (Vice Chairman) - Columbiana County
Maureen Frederick (Secretary) – Portage County
Anthony Traficanti - Mahoning County
Adam Friedrick - Medina County
Marilyn John - Richland County
Richard Regula - Stark County
Daniel Polivka - Trumbull County

The JOED Board meets twice annually.