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Trade/Economic Development Resources

Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships     


Contact: Gregory Wilson

Creates collaborations and partnerships that match faculty expertise with the needs of the region’s businesses, communities and other organizations. Facilitates new company start-ups and aligns Kent State’s research and technology strengths with key industry clusters in the region and state to fuel company growth for economic benefit.

Centennial Research Park


Contact: Gregory Wilson

Centennial Research Park at Kent State University is an important asset in stimulating new high tech company formation and growth. This university-based park contributes to new product development and new company growth, especially in high-tech industries. The research park includes a 40,000 sf building surrounded by 10 acres for further development. Tenants to date have primary expertise in advanced materials/liquid crystals. Additional accelerator building space can be customized to accommodate early-stage technology companies.

Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium         


Contact: Ron DeBarr

Provides economic development services on behalf of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. Promotes international trade through the administration of Foreign-Trade Zone 181, improves market access through the initiatives of the Northeast Ohio Logistics Network and provides export counseling through the International Trade Assistance Center.

Ohio Employee Ownership Center         


Contact: Kelley Fitts

Promotes employee ownership of companies to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs locally and increase living standards for working families and their communities.