Akron is Open for New Business
One of Akrons primary goals is to assist businesses looking to expand or
relocate. To facilitate this effort, the City of Akron has established an on-going program
to purchase available land and develop fully improved industrial park sites. The City
makes this land available in lots of two acres or more for manufacturing or related
industrial development through sale or capitalized ground lease arrangements. Presently,
the City offers sites for business development in five industrial parks.
Mayors Office of Economic Development (330) 375-2133
Akron Global Business Accelerator
Established in 1983, The Akron Global Business Accelerator
(AGBA) offers low-cost space, business planning, as well as, management expertise to
encourage the development and growth of small start-up manufacturing and technology
businesses. The AGBA is a partnership of the City of Akron, University of Akron, and the
State of Ohio. Today the AGBA provides nearly 200,000 square feet of space for start-up
businesses in Canal Place, which is part of the former B.F. Goodrich Industrial Plant in
downtown Akron. The upper three floors of the facility are designed for hi-tech start-ups
and business-to-business service companies and the remaining floors house companies
specializing in manufacturing, assembly and distribution. The AGBA is the largest
industrial incubator in Ohio and one of the largest worldwide.
For more information,
Mike LeHere at (330) 375-2173
Joint Economic Development Districts
A Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) is a
designated township area where Akron has extended its water and sanitary sewer systems to
provide opportunities for new business development immediately outside the Citys
corporation limits. In 1994, Akron became the first community in Ohio to establish
township-wide JEDDs. Akron leads the way in creating JEDDs as an economic development
alternative to annexation and as a way to partner with its township neighbors in
encouraging planned suburban growth.
Click here for map (160k gif) showing the location of Akrons JEDDs or click below
for information on a specific JEDD.
For more information,
Mayors Office of Economic Development (330) 375-2231