Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium

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

NEOTEC Programs

Visionary leaders in six Northeast Ohio counties collaborated in late 1995 to establish the Northeast Ohio Joint Office of Economic Development (JOED), and in early 1996 formed NEOTEC to carry out the JOED’s regional economic development agenda to elevate Northeast Ohio’s position in the global marketplace.

Since its inception, NEOTEC has grown dramatically through expansion of membership and programs, and has assumed a leadership role in connecting the Northeast Ohio region to the world. NEOTEC—a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization—is now 8 counties strong, including Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull counties. Major cities in the NEOTEC region include Akron, Canton, Cleveland, East Liverpool, Kent, Mansfield, Medina, Warren, and Youngstown.

NEOTEC’s domestic and global strategies include the administration of the following programs:

Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) 40 and 181 – The U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone program is a unique global supply chain management tool that assists companies engaged in international trade by offering significant, ongoing cost savings to help them compete in the global marketplace. NEOTEC is administrator of Foreign-Trade Zones 40 and 181 in Northeast Ohio.  These two zones comprise one of the largest and most successful foreign-trade zone regions in the U.S., with 51 sites and more than 11,000 acres throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Global Trade Group (GTG) -- NEOTEC's Global Trade Group is Northeast Ohio's global trade solutions provider, with two programs to meet any and all global trade needs of area companies.  Staffed by seasoned international professionals with real-life experience doing business overseas, GTG offers a complete realm of global development services, from basic export assistance to long-term, tailored international trade support.  GTG serves companies at ANY stage of their global trade operations, regardless of the company's experience level.

Northeast Ohio Logistics Network – An organization of logistics and management professionals administered by NEOTEC, the Northeast Ohio Logistics Network serves as an educational, legislative and educational forum for the regional logistics industry and works to improve market access in Northeast Ohio.


Global Business Development Initiative (GBDI) – This initiative creates international awareness of Northeast Ohio and facilitates the region’s integration into the global economy. NEOTEC is implementing the GBDI through the deployment of comprehensive communications and target marketing strategies worldwide.