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Economic Development                                                                         

Tom Wilke

Economic Development Director

930 Overholt Rd.

PO Box 5192

Kent, OH  44240

 

Phone:    330-676-7582

Fax:        330-678-8030

The City of Kent is dedicated to serving the needs of our diverse business community by providing an economic environment whereby your business may grown and proper. To this end, the Economic Development Program works to promote the maintenance and expansion of the local economic base and your investment in Kent.  It is through this joint effort between the public and private sectors that the economic health of Kent is maintained.


 

Please click HERE to view a List of Available Commercial Properties in or near the City of Kent.   Information is not guaranteed and should be independently verified.


Visitors’ Guide to Parking in Downtown Kent

With its rich history and eclectic mix of commerce, entertainment, restaurants and cultural expression, downtown Kent is quickly becoming a favorite destination point giving more reasons for visitors, consumers, and local residents to live, work, play and celebrate in downtown Kent!  This guide can help you find available public parking specifically suited for your visit to Kent. Please use the link below to get color coded map to find the parking areas closest to your destination. We hope your time spent experiencing everything downtown Kent has to offer is an enjoyable one, and we look forward to seeing you again!

Downtown Kent Parking Map

 


Expanded Kent Development & Community Information

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To meet these ends, the City of Kent's Economic Development goals are:

• To provide assistance to existing businesses within the City;
• To facilitate the creation of business startups within the City; and
• To attract new businesses to the City of Kent.
The City's economic development incentives designed to meet these ends including property tax abatements, low interest loans, job creation tax credits, and land and building location assistance . For more information on each of these efforts, please click on one or more of the categories listed below

EXPLORE KENT!

Online Community Videos

( Click on any topic below to view a brief video)

 

Welcome to Kent!
 

Business in Kent

 

Living in Kent

 

 Our University

 

Kent-Vision

 

A Rockin' Kayak Ride

 

Click HERE for more Kent videos!


 

 

 

TAX INCENTIVES
LOW INTEREST LOANS
JOB CREATION TAX CREDITS
ZONING MAP

DOWNTOWN FACADE GRANT AND LOAN  

 

 

Thank you for inquiring about the City of Kent's economic development program. For more information please contact:

Tom Wilke

Wilket@kent-ohio.org

 Economic Development Director

930 Overholt Rd.

PO Box 5192

Phone: 330-676-7582

Fax: 330-678-8030


 

 

Links:

 

Kent 360 Blog

 

Greater Akron Chamber

Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Resources

Ohio Small Business Development Center

 

Kent State University

 

MAIN STREET KENT

 

NEOTEC

 

Ohio Department of Development

Portage County Auditor's Real Estate Appraisal Data Base

Portage County Economic Development Board

 

Portage Workforce Connection

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

Team NEO

U.S. Census Bureau report for Kent, Ohio