Greater Akron’s economic and business climate is ideal for growing your business. Our region is home to more than 21,000 businesses, including more than 150 Fortune 500 companies that have operations here, and has produced some of the world’s leading liquid crystal and polymer research and commercialization efforts. Polymers have become so ingrained in our culture that we now have over 16,000 people working in polymer related fields.
In recent years, more than 2.5 billion in private capital has been invested in new and existing businesses. As a result of our efforts to attract new businesses and help existing ones thrive, Site Selection Magazine has ranked Akron Number 2 among metros with populations of 200,000 to 1,000,000 people for new business expansion and relocation. Companies such as Alcoa, AT&T, Goodyear, Newell Rubbermaid and PPG have recently made major reinvestments in our communities.
Big business is not our only business as we foster innovation and start-ups through Bounce, the City of Akron’s start up accelerator. Have an idea worth commercializing? Look no further.
Our business community is not the only thing that is thriving, we have world class healthcare facilities, abundant natural resources, and incredible dining, culture, arts, sports and other entertainment and outdoor recreation opportunities. Northeast Ohio truly has it all and offers it at a cost of living far lower than comparable sites. What better place could there be to start or expand a business? We don’t think there is one.