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WHY ERIE COUNTY?

AFFORDABILITY

ACCESS TO MARKETS

TALENT & WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION
GROWING INDUSTRY CLUSTERS

WITH AN UNPARALLELED LOCATION
AND ATTRACTIONS

Take your pick – metropolitan areas, lakeside communities, historic cities, downtowns, or rural ‘small town’ communities. Erie County is bursting with opportunities all supported by great public services, and a thriving community full of recreational attractions and educational institutions. Over 11million people are attracted to our Lake Erie Shores & Islands region each year, making it one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations for tourists as well. With close proximity to the Cleveland, Toledo, and Akron/Canton Ohio metropolitan areas, Erie County is an incredible place to invest, just ask our top employers! Along with that, we also have one of the lowest costs of living in the region.

 
SO AGAIN...WHY ERIE COUNTY?

Because it’s an industry-proven place worth bringing your business, new idea, and family and friends!

13%

Less Expensive

Cost of Doing Business

6.75%

Effective
Sales Tax Rate

0.26%

CAT-Only State
Business Tax

$132,400

Median
Home Value

$51,033

Median

Income

95.1%

Employment

Rate

54%

of Workforce have Bachelor's Degree
or Higher

6

Amusement and
Water Parks

90 Miles

of Lake Waterfront

6,299 Acres

State Parks, Forests, Nature Preserves, and Wildlife Areas

3,156,677

Population in
45-mile Radius

1,621,683

Labor Force in
45-mile Radius

90

Marinas

50%

U.S. Population within a Day's Drive

60%

GRP Growth Over Last 30 Years

INCENTIVES

RESOURCES

TO FUEL

YOUR GROWTH

Erie County and the State of Ohio both offer a wide array of incentives for expanding and relocating businesses. New or growing businesses that demonstrate economic impact through job creation and capital investment may qualify for these programs.  Our team works closely with regional and state partners at Team Northeast Ohio & JobsOhio ​to streamline access to support that suits your company and industry.  

 

Ready to discuss your growth plans?  The best place to start is a phone call to our office.  Program details and eligibility vary​,​ but common incentive tools include:

FINANCING

A variety of attractive financing programs are available to increase your capital access and complement your traditional private financing.  Ask our team about the Erie County Revolving Loan Fund, Erie County Port Authority programs including bond financing and PACE energy loans, JobsOhio loans and SBA loans and their competitive, fixed interest rates. 

 

TAX CREDITS, EXEMPTIONS, ABATEMENTS AND GRANTS

Securing tax incentives and targeted grants to support your investments and workforce training needs can give you a real competitive edge. Our team can facilitate cost saving opportunities including property tax abatements through Erie County’s Enterprise Zone (EZ) or Community Reinvestment Areas (CRA), City of Sandusky grants to support façade improvements and small businesses, OhioMeansJobs workforce training grants or state income tax abatements and economic development grants.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

Power, fiber, roads, water, sewer and rail are essential to competitive sites and business success.  We will introduce you to funding opportunities like Tax Increment Financing (TIF) or grant and loan programs available through Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Development Services Agency and JobsOhio.

We'd love to help you get what you need for your business.

DEVELOPMENT PROPERTIES

LET'S CONNECT

247 Columbus Ave., Suite 126
Sandusky, OH 44870

Phone: (419) 627-7791

Email: office@eriecountyedc.org

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ABOUT ECEDC

A private non-profit organization serving our community through comprehensive economic development programs. We're here to help individuals and businesses start, stay, and grow in Erie County.