About Us

Portage County, Ohio is a great place to call home for so many reasons – and one of the most important is our area’s strong focus on lifelong learning. Whether you’re looking into postsecondary education options, are interested in adult education opportunities, or you are an employer who wants to strengthen your workforce with training and other resources, you’ll find what you need in our communities.

About Us

Portage Development Board is a 501 (C)(3) private non-profit which provides assistance to industrial realtors, builders, local industries and local communities in an effort to maintain and improve the economic base in Portage County.

In an effort to contribute to the workforce development needs of Portage County, Portage Development Board started the Portage Is Hiring campaign as a free job board service for employers and job seekers.

We post jobs to help local businesses and institutions attract qualified applicants and to help individuals find employment in our communities.

Our Mission Statement

The Portage Development Board will create and retain jobs by coordinating economic development activities that encourage retention, expansion and attraction of businesses; assisting business and educational institutions in cultivating a qualified workforce; and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with private and public sector collaborators that influence the quality of life and business.

Work and Live in Portage County

Since 2011, Portage Development Board has made a large impact on the communities we serve – helping to create 2,865 new jobs and retain 3,112 jobs which has contributed $263,799,311 in new and retained payroll.

Whether you already call Portage County home or are considering a move to the area, our strong workforce offers companies and families the resources they need to thrive.

From finding a home to learning more about local amenities and neighborhoods, learn more about life in Portage County and our communities.

Looking for a different resource?

Portage Development Board can be the partner you need. We are a nonprofit that partners with businesses and individuals who choose Portage County to locate, build and grow their enterprises.

We can also help you get connected to resources to:

  • Train workers
  • Start a business
  • Expand your markets
  • Effectively use your resources
  • Secure capital for projects
  • Find the right site/building
  • Improve a site

Learn more and find the resources you need.

It’s hard to think of a better place to put down roots -- especially one that offers so many opportunities. We encourage you to visit and look around.