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Logistics: Access to Markets

The business environment in Northeast Ohio is supported by a strong and very comprehensive infrastructure. In fact, this region is annually rated among the top logistical and transportation centers in the United States. With its excellent geographical location, all areas of the Northeastern Ohio region are easily accessible from any location in the United States, Canada, and the world. Situated on the shores of Lake Erie, the region has access to the Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway, and, ultimately, the Atlantic Ocean. Also, because of its central location between major Eastern (e.g., New York City) and Midwestern (e.g., Chicago) cities, the region serves as a transportation hub with major interstate highways, international and regional airports, railways, and ports providing a strong and efficient intermodal network.

The Northeast Ohio region is bordered by Lake Erie on the north and the State of Pennsylvania on the east. It is dissected by five major U.S. Interstate Highways (77, 71, 80, 90, and 76) and is geographically situated between major U.S. cities such as New York City, Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh. The region also lies less than 100 miles from the Canadian border and provides easily accessible air, rail, water, and ground connectivity to Toronto and other Canadian cities. Every community in the region is close to a major airport with Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE) serving the greater Cleveland area, followed by the fast growing Akron–Canton Regional Airport (CAK) and the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (YNG). Figure 1 shows the relative distances between Northeast Ohio and major metropolitan areas in Canada and the United States east of the Mississippi River. Distances are presented straight line (air and rail) and driving (trucking). Driving hours are estimated based on interstate highway speed limits.


Northeast Ohio Proximity to Key Markets
CityStraight Line DistanceDriving DistanceDriving Hours
Atlanta, GA54570011.20
Baltimore, MD2803495.60
Birmingham, AL59070011.30
Boston, MA54065510.00
Buffalo, NY1752113.40
Charlotte, NC4104858.00
Chicago, IL3303605.50
Detroit, MI1301863.00
Hamilton, ON, Canada1752774.50
Indianapolis, IN2703055.00
Jacksonville, FL75086714.10
London, ON, Canada1203055.10
Louisville, KY3153405.00
Memphis, TN63072011.20
Milwaukee, WI3654527.00
Montreal, QC, Canada5005969.50
Nashville, TN4605108.00
New York, NY3904346.80
Newark, NJ3704246.50
Ottawa, ON, Canada4205398.50
Philadelphia, PA3304236.50
Pittsburgh, PA861072.00
Raleigh, NC3955469.00
Sault Ste. Marie, MI3905157.80
Toronto, ON, Canada2103135.10
Virginia Beach, VA4105469.00
Washington, DC2743465.70