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Why Cuyahoga County?

Why should you be in Cuyahoga County? As your commercial base, we allow for one-day highway travel to nearly half of the US and Canada while still maintaining full shipping access to the Atlantic. Our highly skilled workers offer the industrial and professional skills you need at a better and more stable cost than you’ll find in other coastal centers.

Life after work is good too. Our civic institutions – the hospitals, libraries, orchestra, park systems, and museums – are perennially ranked among the best in the world. We are home to four professional sports teams - football, basketball, baseball and hockey. We eat well at dozens of award-winning local restaurants and we entertain ourselves at clubs and music venues of all shapes and sizes.   

And to top it all off, we want you here and we’ll help make it happen! Here’s how:

Cuyahoga County Department of Development works hand-in-hand with local economic development organizations and the members of the Business Retention Expansion and Attraction Council (BREAC), to ensure we offer a comprehensive and competitive package for companies interested in relocating or expanding in Cuyahoga County. As a founding member of BREAC, we believe in the importance of engaging all levels of government and private organizations in the decision-making process.

Site Selection Tools

InSite - Match your needs against a database of available buildings and sites in Cuyahoga County. Search by use, size, cost, location, or other special zones and characteristics. It also provides demographic and business reports on the surrounding neighborhood. 

ClevelandPlus Site Selection Assistance –The dedicated econometric research staff at TeamNEO, our region’s private sector economic development hub can fulfill all your site selection needs in a confidential and timely manner. TeamNEO’s unparalleled access to regional data and civic partnerships allows them to address all aspects of financing, logistics, market analysis and workforce development, from your basic information requests to full-scale econometric analysis and placement. 

The Greater Cleveland Partnership – Business Development Services  - The Greater Cleveland Partnership is the region’s largest economic development organization with more than 15,000 members. Its Business Development team routinely meets with businesses to assess their needs and connect businesses with the relevant resources they need to grow and succeed. Cuyahoga County     

Market Access

Northeast Ohio’s regional GDP is $134 billion - 12th largest in the U.S. 4 million people and 110,000 firms reside here. Cuyahoga County is ideally situated to major United States (U.S.) and Canadian markets. Within 500 miles you are accessible to 56% of all U.S. Fortune 500 headquarters and 49% of the U.S. manufacturing employment. You also have access to 44% of U.S. households and 45% of the U.S. effective buying income.  

Quality of Life

The Cleveland Clinic was ranked 4th best hospital in the nation in 2012. At Case Western Reserve’s University Hospitals 22 specialties achieved national rankings; and the County MetroHealth System was in the top 3%. The county’s cultural institutions offer everything from a world-renowned Orchestra and an extensive collection of museums to a vibrant local restaurant scene, art galleries, and independent music shows.  

Cost of Living

Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio are an extremely affordable place to live. On average, the cost of living is ten percent lower when compared to the rest of the nation.  To see how we compare try our calculator below:

 

Workforce and Education

Northeast Ohio provides you with access to a workforce of more than 2 million people and 27 accredited colleges and universities that range from small intimate campuses to the large urban setting. Another 220 colleges and universities are located in a 150 mile radius. Many of our colleges and universities are routinely ranked nationally as some of the best in the country.

Northeast Ohio is also known for its ethnic diversity and is home to more than 120 ethnic/cultural communities.  

Transportation and Logistics

Cuyahoga County location along the shores of Lake Erie provide shippers access to low-cost barge channels and deep water ports that connect the upper Midwest with the St. Lawrence Seaway and the North Atlantic Ocean. Northeast Ohio’s ports are also considered Foreign Trade Zones, which result in a lower cost to shippers. Five highways and three airports are located in Cuyahoga County. The Airports include Cleveland Hopkins International AirportBurke Lakefront Airport and the Cuyahoga County Airport.  Burke Lakefront and Cuyahoga County Airport are considered reliever airports to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and focus primarily on business and corporate travelers. The region offers a good network of Class I, II, and III railroads. The Class I railroads, each operate mainlines to link Northeast Ohio to key markets in the U.S. and Canada.