The assets to support successful U.S. operations.

The Northeast Ohio region offers an ideal environment for international business operations.

14 counties. Three-plus MSAs. One point of contact. 

On a confidential, no-fee basis, Team NEO serves as the single point of contact for the entire region, providing information and insights to help companies make informed location decisions.  

With a $238 billion economy – the 15th largest in the U.S. – our 14-county region is globally recognized for its: 

Logistics infrastructure
Skilled workforce of 2 million
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Corporate-friendly tax structure
Low cost of doing business
800 business world headquarters 
25+ higher education institutions with 40,000-plus graduates per year
Exceptional quality of life, with a cost of living more than 10% below the national average
600+ foreign-owned companies

More importantly, we provide a soft landing for international companies. With a strong, existing international business presence, the Northeast Ohio Region has the support services and infrastructure, as well as an actively engaged international community that is committed to helping companies establish successful operations.

We offer a broad range of support services to help establish your operation in the Northeast Ohio Region and build relationships vital to your business success, including:

Assistance with establishing a U.S. subsidiary

Incentive Information


Workforce data

Site and building information

Introductions to business and civic leaders, organizations, and chambers of commerce

Business insights from our econometric research staff to help you evaluate revenue opportunities, risks, and potential shareholder return

Information related to Northeast Ohio’s supply chain, logistics, utilities, and taxes

A referral network of international service providers in areas such as banking, immigration, and

Additionally, our region is home to established organizations, programs, and partnerships to support international businesses, including:


Bilateral Chambers of Commerce

EB 5 Immigrant Investor Program

Sister Cities

Spotlight: OMEC Smart Card, LLC.

OMEC Smart Card, LLC, a leading manufacturer of products that serve municipal, governmental, industrial, and enterprise customers worldwide, chose the Northeast Ohio Region for its first North American facility. The company anticipates hiring 200 employees at the new operations center. 

The growth is to accommodate and serve OMEC’s North American customers. The company, headquartered in Shanghai, China, cited a business-friendly environment, available talent, and access to market as reasons for selecting the Strongsville location. 

“We are looking forward to forming tighter bonds with our existing customers and expanding our North American customer base through innovative products, better service, and faster turnaround,” said Eric Li, general manager for OMEC. “Thanks to the great support from the economic development team and local government, we are confident that we can grow successfully and bring value to the community.” 

Mindy McLaughlin

Mindy McLaughlin

Managing Director, Global Business Development, Team NEO 

Learn more about International Business Expansion in The Northeast Ohio Region.