SDB assistance has provided capital investment and new/retained jobs for Stark County.

The Stark Development Board Key Projects and Activities

  • Working with Team NEO and JobsOhio to attract downstream companies that use natural gas liquids as a feedstock to locate in Stark County
  • Continued efforts to establish and promote Stark County as a leader in advanced energy development in fuel cells, wind energy and corrugated paper
  • Completed financing of the Canton Corrugated Research Center (Advanced Materials)
  • Partnered with Stark State College, the Canton Regional Chamber to secure a commitment of $10 million of state funding to construct a new building in downtown Canton dedicated to shale oil development
  • Assisted the Stark County Port Authority in financing over $50 million of bond financing to support the expansion of local companies, organizations and the Hall of Fame Village Project-Phase I
  • Coordinated and managed the creation of the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance and helped lead effort to create the Impact Angel Fund (IAF) – a $2 million pre-seed equity fund
  • Helped to lead efforts to address infrastructure concerns involving U.S. Rt. 30 and I-77
  • Assisting in the effort to position federal and state agencies to support the extension of U.S. Rt. 30 from Canton to Pittsburgh