About Ravenna


The City of Ravenna is located in Northeast Ohio, approximately 18 miles east of Akron and 35 miles southeast of Cleveland. Our location is one of our biggest strengths. Ravenna is centrally located in an area surrounded by major transportation modes and routes. Ravenna prides itself on it's rich history and heritage. Founded in 1799 and developed throughout the 1800's, much of Ravenna's original downtown architecture remains today. In 1999, Ravenna invested $3 million in renovating and restoring the downtown area. Today, the community boasts a unique mix of old and new, with numerous industrial facilities thriving within the community. Many communities are spending large amounts of money trying to re-create the historic look Ravenna already has. The big difference is Ravenna's architecture is authentic. When you stroll down Main Street you are not walking through a newly built imitation, you're visiting an authentic piece of American History. Ravenna is uniquely positioned to excel in the current trend toward returning to that "Main Street USA" feel. Ravenna enjoys a diverse economy, with manufacturing, trade, services and government sharing nearly equal percentages in the overal economy. A combination of international companies as well as locally owned companies provide good opportunites for residents to work within the City. Ravenna's close proximity to Kent State University, Hiram University and Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine offers employers a wealth of highly skilled employees. Ravenna is home to Robinson Memorial Hospital which is consistently rated as one of the top 99 places to work in Northeast Ohio. Robinson continues to expand not only on it's main campus but also with satellite facilities throughout Portage County

Highway Accessibility:

  • Interstate 80 (Ohio Turnpike)
  • Interstate 76
  • State Rte 5
  • State Rte 59
  • State Rte 44
  • State Rte 88

Air Travel:

  • Portage County Regional Airport - 29G
  • Kent State University Airport - 1G3
  • Akron-Canton Regional Aiport - CAK
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport - CLE

Rail Transportation:

  • Norfolk Southern Corp.
  • CSX Transportation, Inc.
  • Wheeling & Lake Railway
  • Akron Barberton Cluster

Economic Mix:

  • Manufacturing - 14%
  • Trade - 12%
  • Services - 11%
  • Government - 14%

Major Employers:

  • Parker Hannifin - Plastic extrusions
  • University Hospitals - Portage Medical Center - Healthcare
  • Rock Ten - Paper container manufacturing
  • Saint Gobain - Performance plastics
  • Paris Industries - Healthcare linen services
  • Sirna &Amp; Sons - Produce distribution
  • Allen Aircraft - Aviation parts production
  • Performance Elastomers - Custom rubber extrusions

Education Opportunities:

  • Ravenna Public Schools
  • Maplewood Career Center
  • Kent State University
  • Hiram College
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Biomed STEM Academy
  • University of Akron