Build Your Success Here

Portage County is an ideal place to locate or relocate your business. Find out why we’re the place for your organization to thrive now and into the future.

4 great reasons to choose Portage County for your business

Available Property

Portage County boasts a diverse range of available properties, ranging from smaller lots to multi-acre tracts of land big enough for the largest companies. Search our selection of available land to find a location that fits your needs. Choose from properties near one of our growing cities to have access to everything you and your employees need to a larger, more rural spot that will give your business room to grow in the years ahead.

Financial Incentives

Portage County offers a wealth of financial incentives for your business to move or start its business journey here, including the Ohio Enterprise Zone Program, a tool administered by municipal and county governments that provides real and personal property tax exemptions to businesses making investments in Ohio, and the Ohio Community Reinvestment Area program, which offers real property tax exemptions for property owners who renovate existing or construct new buildings. Portage Development Board also helps businesses obtain loans and financing so they can expand and lay the foundation for future success. We connect you with the financial professionals you need to help fund what’s next for your company.

Culture of Success

There is no better testament to our status as a great place to do business than the many growing, innovative organizations that call Portage County home. From rubber testing labs to the banking industry, foodbanks to law firms and major colleges and universities to the railroad industry, the companies and institutions located here impact not just our county and its communities, but the entire globe. Moving to or starting your business in Portage County allows you to not only tap into that culture of success, but be part of its growth.

Skilled Workforce

With a growing population and multiple top colleges and universities in our county or nearby, Portage County offers your business access to a talented, educated workforce ready and willing to tackle any type of job. With the challenges companies of all sizes face in trying to find not just workers, but the right people for the right job, being able to tap into a capable pool of candidates right in your back yard has never mattered more than it does right now. Locating in Portage County puts you in precisely where you need to be to find the people to power your profitability.

Location, Location, Location

The cliche about location being the most important aspect of real estate exists for a reason. Your business needs to be in a place where it has access to all of the materials and resources it needs on a daily basis, and also one that’s surrounded by a capable workforce that can fuel your continued success.

Portage County has a mix of urban and rural communities, but what unites them all is their close proximity to major cities in the state and beyond, not to mention the highways that connect your business to the world. Being rural doesn’t mean being disconnected from the places and people you need to reach – it means you have room to grow while staying connected to your customers and vendors.

When you choose Portage, you choose a place that offers the best of both worlds.

Portage County by the Numbers

Portage County is a growing, flourishing place that offers an ideal environment for business to launch, expand, relocate and succeed. With a growing population, skilled workforce and strong business community, Portage is the perfect place for your company to call home. Here are a few stats showing what makes Portage County the place to do business.

Population

162,382

Employment

65.2%

Square Miles

504

Businesses

2,958

Top Private and Top Public / Nonprofit Employers

Top Private Employers

  • McMaster-Carr
  • East Manufacturing
  • The Davey Tree Expert Co.
  • Step 2
  • Parker Hannifin

Top Public/Nonprofit Employers

  • Kent State University
  • UH Portage Medical Center
  • Portage County Government
  • Kent City Schools
  • NEOMED

Portage County’s
Growing Population

We’ve grown 30% over the last several decades.

  • 2020: 161,791
  • 2010: 161,419
  • 2000: 152,061
  • 1990: 142,585
  • 1980: 135,856
  • 1970: 125,868

Who calls Portage County home?

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Available Portage County properties

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