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// Economic Development
Akron is a strategic and business-friendly location and the Greater Akron Chamber is devoted to growing and helping support local business.
Akron Region – A Wise Investment
In recent years, more than $2.5 billion in private capital has been invested in new and existing businesses.
The Greater Akron Region is home to more than 21,000 enterprises.
For two consecutive years, Site Selection Magazine ranked Akron no. 2 among metros with populations of 200,000 to 1 million for new business expansions and relocation. That is why - over the past several years - Fortune 500 companies such as Alcoa, ATT, Goodyear, Newell Rubbermaid and PPG have made major reinvestments in the Greater Akron Region.
The redevelopment of The University of Akron and Exchange Street corridor has included 2,500 housing units and an investment of $660M.
More than 100 internationally-owned companies have facilities in the Greater Akron Region employing more than 7,600 workers.
Approximately 10,000 people in the Greater Akron Region are employed in the rubber/plastics/polymer industries.
The Greater Akron Region is internationally recognized as the “Polymer Center of the Americas.”