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P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330-672-4080
or 800-793-0912
International: 001-330-672-4080

Summit County

The Ohio Building
175 S. Main St.
Akron, OH 44308
(330) 643-2510
FAX: (330) 643-2507

Original NEOTEC member county

Major Cities: Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow
Population as of 2007: 543,487
County seat: Akron
Size: 412 square miles
Year organized: 1840


County Profile:  Click here.

County Web site:  Click here.

Summit County - A History of Innovation

From rubber to polymers, Summit County has been at the forefront of innovation for more than a century.  For this reason, it is not at all surprising we attract interest from emerging technology companies, advance manufacturing companies and have leveraged our reputation into landing the BioInnovation Institute, a force that will accelerate our region’s strong biomedical sector.

Summit County is an exciting place to live and work, offering a wide range of employment and recreational activities.  It is home to a vibrant central city, comfortable bedroom communities, a doctoral granting, high-output research university and a national park. 

A model for forward-thinking regionalism, Summit County is prepared to work with our economic development partners to develop and implement a proposal that will allow your business to be competitive on a global scale.  If you’re considering a move to Summit County, thank you for your consideration.  Please give us a call and find out how we can help you.

Strategic Location
Summit County is strategically located within a 500-mile radius of 42 major U.S. cities that encompasses 55% of U.S. manufacturing plants, 57% of the total U.S. population and 60% of its buying power.

The excellent interstate highway system and over 150 trucking firms afford single-day delivery to approximately 11 million people and 60% of America’s buying income.

Two airports (Akron Fulton International Airport and Akron-Canton Regional Airport) offer private, single and heavy multi-engine aircraft, as well as complete commercial passenger/freight service.

Workforce Development
Summit County has long-standing relationships with the University of Akron and workforce development organizations, providing the ability to maximize your employment pool.

Major Private Employers
Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Allstate, Babcock & Wilcox, Bridgestone Americas, Chrysler LLC, Diebold, First Energy Corp., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Jo-Ann Stores, Sterling Jewelers, Summa Health System, The University of Akron, University Hospitals.

Summit County boasts an abundance of fresh water, plentiful natural gas, reliable electricity and a high-speed, high-quality communications network complete with fiber optics, satellite, high-speed broadband Internet access.

Industry Clusters

  • Plastic Products, Polymers and Chemicals
  • Metalworking
  • Biomedical Industry
  • Instruments and Controls
  • Information Technology
  • Motor Vehicles and Equipment
  • Insurance and Related Services

Quality of Life

Whether you’re looking for the arts, history, sports or something else entirely, Summit County has attractions to fit the bill. The arts scene includes the Akron Art Museum, Summit Artspace, E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the Civic Theatre and Blossom Music Center.  Local history can be explored at Hale Farm & Village or at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Sports fans will also find plenty of venues to explore including Canal Park (home of the Cleveland Indians’ AA affiliate, the Akron Aeros), the Akron Racers Womens Professional Fastpitch Softball, the All-American Soap Box Derby, the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational, and the RoadRunner Akron Marathon. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will find abundant activities in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Summit County MetroParks, and at Brandywine & Boston Mills Ski Resorts.  Summit County is also home to the Akron Zoological Gardens, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and a county-wide library system.


Railroads: Wheeling & Lake Erie, CSX, Norfolk Southern
Motor Freight Lines: 162 motor carriers serve Summit County
Air: Akron-Canton Airport (daily scheduled passenger flights); Akron Fulton Airport; Kent State University Airport
Roads: East to West: Interstates 76, 80; U.S. route 224; State Routes 18, 82, 162,

                261, 303, 619
            North to South: Interstates 77, 271; State Routes 8, 21, 91, 93, 241


Natural Gas: Dominion East Ohio
Electricity: FirstEnergy
Water: Multiple
Telephone: Multiple land- and cable-based operators
Cable: Time Warner, AT&T U-verse, Satellite providers

Foreign-Trade Zone 181

Includes 400 acres at 4 sites

County of Summit
Russell Pry, Executive
For more information, contact:
Connie Krauss, Director of Community/Economic Development
(330) 643-2396