The power to maximize business and individual success. 

In Northeast Ohio, innovation is plentiful, costs are affordable, productivity is predictable, and our talent is skilled and diverse. 

Northeast Ohio is a large and powerful region … and it’s getting stronger.  

The Northeast Ohio Region’s 18 counties, with four-plus major metropolitan areas (Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown) make it the 15th largest market in the United States. Over 4 million people live in Northeast Ohio. 

Close proximity to 50% of the U.S. population

Almost half of the U.S. population is within 500 miles/805 km of the Northeast Ohio Region.

Northeast Ohio
Northeast Ohio Counties

18 counties of collective might.

A workforce of more than 2 million. Approximately 800 business world headquarters thriving in a top-ranked business climate. More than 25 higher education institutions with 40,000 annual graduates.

Youngstown’s MillCreek Park
Whiskey Island, Cleveland

Top companies thrive here. 

Northeast Ohio is home to 40% of Ohio’s Fortune 1000 companies, and more than 200 Global Companies with major headquarters operations. 

We have the second-heaviest concentration of headquarters employment among the 20 largest U.S. metros – 68% more than the U.S. average.  

Support for business growth 

Northeast Ohio’s economic development network creates an environment for growth and equity. Northeast Ohio businesses, talent and workforce, start up and scale up organizations, research and higher education institutions, philanthropic organizations, and local and regional economic development teams are collaborators in this powerful network. 

Unparalleled corporate investment 

Since 2015, Team NEO, the Northeast Ohio economic development network, and Northeast Ohio companies have worked on more than 500 projects, created more than 44,000 new jobs and $2.3 billion in annual payroll, generating $11.3 billion in capital investment. 

Ohio is the #1 state in the U.S. for corporate investment, according to Site Selection magazine’s annual rankings. Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup 2020 ranked Ohio first for bringing the most new and expanded corporate facility projects per capita.

Exceptional business and consumer access 

Northeast Ohio’s central location reaches the largest number of consumers in a 250-mile/400-km radius compared with any other metro market in the U.S. 

Almost 50% of the U.S. population is within 500 miles/805 km of the Northeast Ohio Region, and 60% of all U.S. Fortune 500 headquarters are within a day’s drive of the region.