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Mission Statement:  Portage Development Board will create and retain jobs by coordinating economic development activities that encourage retention, expansion and attraction of businesses; assisting business and educational institutions in cultivating a qualified workforce; and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with private and public sector collaborators that influence the quality of life and business.

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Portage Development Board

The Portage Development Board (PDB) is a 501 (C)(3) private non-profit which consists of up to a 37 member Board of Directors and a 9 member Executive Committee.  Its responsibilities include providing assistance to industrial Realtors, builders, local industries and local communities in an effort to maintain and improve the economic base in Portage County. See About PDB.

Portage County

Located conveniently in the midst of northeastern Ohio's urban centers, Portage County offers excellent accessibility to a well developed transportation network, major urban markets, a well educated and experienced labor force and some of the finest educational, cultural and recreational opportunities available anywhere. For more information visit the Portage County website and visit the Portage County page.

Portage County Port Authority

The Portage County Port Authority was created by the Portage County Board of Commissioners to provide an additional economic development tool for Portage County.  The area of jurisdiction of the Port Authority includes all of Portage County, with the exception of those townships which currently have a Port Authority. For more information see the Port Authority.


 Invest and contribute in the Portage Development Board and Portage County!  In order to make this the best Economic Development organization in Northeast Ohio we need your support by becoming a contributor and investor in the Portage Development Board. Please contact our President Brad Ehrhart at, our Chairman of the Board Lissa Barry at  or our Vice-Chairman of the Board Steve Colecchi at  

Please see our member directory to check out who has already committed to investing in the present and future of Portage County.  We will be more than happy to come out to visit you to discuss your contribution to the Portage Development Board

The Portage Development Board president serves as a trustee of the Northeast Ohio Economic and Trade Consortium (NEOTEC). The Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) is an economic development partnership formed to promote trade, business growth and economic opportunities throughout Northeast Ohio.

217 S. Chestnut St. / Ravenna, Ohio / 44266 / Phone: (330) 297-3470
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