The Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown celebrated medical research Monday, May 16, 2011, with breaking ground on a research and graduate education building and holding a forum to discuss the importance of research.  The 80,000 square foot four-story building will be built on the northwest corner of the NEOMED campus.  The building will house areas for study, research, seminars and teaching.

This was made possible in part by the Portage County Port Authority, the Portage County Department of Economic Development (now Portage Development Board) and the Portage County Board of Commissioners.  In 2009, the Portage County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution designating the Portage County Port Authority as the issuer of all Recovery Zone Bonds for the projects located within the County of Portage.  The Portage County Port Authority Board of Directors accepted the designation as agents of the County for issuing Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds for the Portage County Department of Economic Development and to finance a portion of the costs of constructing a new Biomedical Research Facililty for the Northeast Ohio Medical University.