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Ravenna, Ohio

The Pulse of Portage County

Welcome to Ravenna, Ohio

Ravenna’s convenient location in the heart of the northeast Ohio industrial and technology corridor is minutes from cities, interstate highways and two large state universities – perfect commuting distance to greater Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and surrounding communities.

Fund for Our Economic Future

The Fund for Our Economic Future has launched a Regional Employer Survey to gain direct insight into what businesses are experiencing when it comes to finding, keeping and growing talent.

The survey is one component of a multi-part analysis we’re undertaking over the next few months, in partnership with ConxusNEO, Team NEO, PolicyBridge, and the Summit & Medina Workforce Area Council of Governments, to help answer the question everyone’s asking: “Where are the workers?”

The results of the survey will inform a series of employer roundtables as well as a survey and focus groups of working-age adults. The intent of this endeavor is to uncover insights to help businesses make informed decisions and adjust policies and practices to better align with what workers want and need in the current climate so that they can secure the talent they need and individuals can access high-quality jobs.

The survey is available now through January 10, 2022, and is open to all business owners, executive leaders, hiring managers, and other professionals involved in employee recruitment and retention in Northeast Ohio.

News & Events


Ravenna Welcomes the Following New Businesses

Waterline Project 2021 – Hillcrest, Zeta & Spruce

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday July 19, 2021, on this year’s water project on the west side of Ravenna.  The water system will be replaced on all of Hillcrest Street, Zeta Street from Main Street to Spruce Avenue, and on Spruce Avenue from Zeta Street to Maplewood Street.  Water service will be maintained to customers in this area except when main line tie-ins make a shutdown necessary.  When these shutdowns are scheduled, notice will be given to the affected customers in advance of the work.  However, unforeseen underground conditions sometimes necessitate an emergency shutdown where it is not possible to give advance notice.  In such a case the repair will be made, and the water service restored as soon as possible.  Customers are encouraged to maintain a supply of water to be prepared for such possible emergencies.

The work is being done by Utility Contracting Company from Youngstown, Ohio.  The total cost will be $488,000, half of which is being provided by a grant and zero percent interest loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission.  When completed, the new fire hydrants will provide increased fire protection to this neighborhood.  Although short term disruptions will occur in water service and traffic flow in this area, the long-term benefit will be worth this investment in the City’s infrastructure.


Welcome to The Main Street Mile!

The Main Street Mile is a curated one-mile loop that encompasses the heart of downtown Ravenna. The City held a community celebration for the grand opening of the new Main Street Mile on Saturday, October 23rd. To hear more about the Main Street Mile, listen to the Portage County Safety Council’s podcast featuring Chelsea Gregor discussing the creation of this new walking path.

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Economic Development

We’re just minutes from major Northeast Ohio & national highways and rail transportation.

The City of Ravenna can help you maximize these business benefits in many ways, including:

  • Helping to secure locations from the spacious industrial parkway to historic downtown
  • Expediting tax abatements for historical properties
  • Introducing you to a business, financial and ready-to-work labor community
  • Connecting you to high quality housing to meet all budgets
  • Making your business-community relationship seamless and successful

Great Reasons to Love Ravenna

Ravenna Housing

Appealing to a broad range of tastes, ranging from historic homes to new, contemporary developments all within a five square mile area.

Ravenna Recognizes Good Citizens

Each year, notable individuals and companies receive Raven Awards for contributing to our community’s prosperity.

Ravenna’s Rich History

Shaped by native American trails, women’s rights pioneers, a nearby major strategic military base and more.

Ravenna is Family-Friendly

Just see our annual All-City Musical with cast & crew composed of students and parents from our school district – creating an unforgettable experience.

Ravenna is Home to the Port Authority

A great resource for savings, bonds, grants, loans, and property for economic development projects.

Neighborhood Development Services Home Improvement Grants

As a full-service community development catalyst, Neighborhood Development Services (NDS) facilitates strong community relationships, supports resident-driven groups, and develops socially-conscious businesses to drive communities toward a vibrant future.

NDS’ services include housing rehabilitation, homebuyer education, downtown revitalization, economic development, financing and job creation, revolving loan fund administration, project administration, grant implementation, and real estate development.

For further assistance with Fair Housing or information on how to file a complaint please contact:

Lisa Reeves, CDBG Specialist
Portage County Regional Planning Commission
449 South Meridian Street, 6th Floor, Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Phone: (330) 297-3613
Email: lreeves@pcrpc.

Residents of Ravenna


Essential information about everyday amenities, special events, park and rec activities, and more.

Business in Ravenna


Development resources for the enterprises that serve greater Ravenna or want to locate here.

Departments of Ravenna Government


Officials and legislators. Meeting minutes. Boards, city services, permits, ordinances and more.

Ravenna Community


Our rich history, vibrant culture, celebrated landmarks, and other helpful, informative resources.

Need More Information?

The City of Ravenna welcomes your questions, comments and concerns.
We promise to respond promptly.