About Portage Development Board

The Portage Development Board (PDB) is a 501 (C)(3) private non-profit which consists of a Board of Directors (up to 37 members) and a twelve-member Executive Committee.  Our 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.

What we do:

  • Build consensus between private and public sectors
  • Group representation from across business, civic and education spectrum
  • Cultivates high-quality workforce
  • Provides business community with legal and financial resources

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Annual Report 2012

Our Mission Statement

The 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.

Core Values



Committed to forming meaningful collaborations with regional and state economic development organizations to leverage and complement the unique capabilities of each.


Provide the leadership to create an attractive environment for economic development.


Lead economic transformation by providing innovative and focused economic development services.

PDB’s Impact Since 2011


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