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

Portage County

449 S. Meridian St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Phone: (330) 297-3600
FAX: (330) 297-3610

Original NEOTEC member county

Major Cities: Kent, Aurora, Streetsboro, Ravenna
Population as of 2007: 155,869
County seat: Ravenna
Size: 492 square miles
Year organized: 1807

County Profile:  Click here.

County Web site:  Click here.

Portage County, centrally located in Northeast Ohio’s industrial, educational and recreational heartland, features a diverse economy, a rural small-town environment and all the amenities of Northeast Ohio within a one-hour drive.

Portage County was once noted for the high quality of its manufactured glass and for the output of its more than 50 cheese plants. Today, the county’s growing business base hosts a range of industries producing an array of products, from toys and lamp bulbs to personal care items, lawn care and aircraft components. Metalworking, plastic and rubber products and printing/publishing businesses lead the county’s manufacturing sector. All major modes of transportation are easily accessible. The commercial airports of Akron-Canton, Cleveland Hopkins International and Youngstown are within a one-hour drive. Private aircraft have use of Portage County (3500 ft. runway) and Kent State University Airports. The Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway provides quick access to the nation’s rail network.

In Portage County, businesses discover that tax rates, labor costs, rent, the price of land and building construction costs are very competitive. New residents find diverse and affordable housing, quality education, excellent shopping, a multitude of recreational options and a quiet drive in the country only minutes away. 


In 2008 the total employment for all industries in Portage County was 92,700.

Employment by Industry 

*Includes Kent State University, Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine, and Hiram College

Major Private Employers

General Electric, The Step 2 Company, Deluxe Business Systems, St. Gobain Performance Plastics, Parker Hannifin, L’Oreal USA, Cardinal Packaging/Berry Plastics, The Press of Ohio, McMaster Carr Corporation, Automated Packaging, Davey Tree Expert Company, Daimler-Chrysler Mopar Distribution Center, USA Instruments.

Quality of Life

A desirable location, a strong network of public schools, utilities and services, and a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities all contribute to an exceptional quality of life for Portage County residents. Recreational
opportunities include Wild Water Kingdom, 11 public golf courses, 3 state parks and a wide array of community parks and private campgrounds. With close proximity to the Cleveland and Akron/Canton metropolitan areas, Portage County also provides easy access to renowned museums, theater, professional and amateur sporting events, and shopping attractions.


Railroads: CSX, Norfolk Southern, Wheeling & Lake Erie (Akron Barberton Cluster Railway)
Motor Freight Lines: more than 150 regional trucking companies serve Portage County
Air: Portage County Airport, Kent State University Airport
Roads: East to West: Interstate Highways 76, 80 and 480; U.S. routes 224 and 422; State Routes 5, 59, 82,
            261, 303, 305
North to South: State Routes 43, 44, 88, 183, 225, 282, 306 and 700
Waterways: Within a one-hour drive of Portage County is low-cost water transportation via Lake Erie and the 

                        St. Lawrence Seaway


Natural Gas: Dominion East Ohio
Electricity: FirstEnergy
Water: Portage County Water Resources Department and various political subdivisions
Telephone: AT&T, Alltel, GTE, United Telephone of Ohio and Windstream
Cable: Adelphia and TimeWarner

Foreign-Trade Zone 181

For more information, contact:
Portage Development Board
Brad Ehrhart, President