EXPLORE GREATER CLEVELAND & REGION
Greater Cleveland is part of the "Northeast Ohio/Cleveland Plus" region boasting a $170 billion dollar economy. In addition to Greater Cleveland, the region has several other metropolitan cities bustling with business, arts & culture and great places to live - and where over 70% of the Fortune 500 companies have a presence.
Entrepreneurship is booming here. Greater Cleveland, encompassing five counties - Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Geauga and Medina, has entrepreneurial incubators, education and funding programs that are fast becoming the national model. We were recognized as one of the hottest regions for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur magazine – ranking higher than San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and New York. And the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) also listed us as one of only seven cities in the world (and the only city in the United States) to be named a “Top 7 Intelligent Community.”
Go straight down Interstate 77 from downtown Cleveland and you get to Akron. It is so easy a drive it is not uncommon for people to commute between these communities. Akron is home to more than 21,000 businesses, including more than 150 Fortune 500 companies that have operations in the region. Some of the largest employers include The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, FedEx Custom Critical, GoJo Industries, First Energy Corporation, Bridgestone and Time Warner Cable.
Just a bit farther down the road is Canton. Canton and Stark County has become the business headquarters for the Utica Shale, seen as one of the richest sources of shale oil, gas and natural gas liquids in the US. Billions of dollars are going into the development of business and infrastructure to support this booming industry. If you don’t know about Shale, perhaps you’ve heard of Shearer’s Pretzels and Chips or Heinz Frozen foods, or maybe Frito-Lay’s? There is a lot going on in Canton.
Head a bit more east towards Pittsburgh and you get to Youngstown. Youngstown has lots to boast about! Brookings listed them as a top 20 city for economic recovery and named the area as one of the top US metros in export growth. It’s no wondering with this success the US Bureau of Labor Statistics named it the third highest in US job growth. Forbes honored it with 4th Best Place to find a job and as the 5th Highest in Manufacturing Job growth. And talk about entrepreneurial; the Youngstown Business Incubator is constantly in the press with its new business’ successes.