The City of Green Planning Department promotes economic development efforts within the City. Economic development in Green has many facets and program offerings, which include business retention and expansion support, general business assistance, business attraction, and various tax incentives programs. The City of Green Planning Department should be your first point of contact.
Business Retention and Expansion Support
The City of Green recognizes that businesses have choices on where to locate their business, and our businesses have chosen Green for a multitude of reasons. Green is committed to working with local business leaders to keep and expand their businesses already located in our community. Green embraces a business savvy attitude. The City regularly shares information about business programs and services, city services and news about other local businesses. The mayor holds regular meetings to inform business leaders about Green’s direction and how tax dollars are being spent.
We are always happy to come out and meet with our business owners and leaders to better understand their concerns and needs and connect them with resources or services that can help them grow. It's also an opportunity to hear from businesses on how the City can improve services to best meet their needs. The City regularly schedules visits, but anyone is able to request a visit. To schedule a visit, please contact Jessica Hyser at (330) 896-6614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend one or all of the Mayor’s Building Bridges programs. This breakfast program is an excellent way to network with fellow Green business owners as well as learn about topics or issues affecting local businesses like yours. Building Bridges also provides a venue for business owners to hear about what is going on our community straight from the Mayor. Look for announcements via e-mail and the City’s Website.
Make sure you are signed-up to receive the City of Green’s e-newsletters, especially Business Matters, a bi-monthly electronic newsletter geared towards our businesses. This newsletter shares information about programs, events, services that may impact your business’ bottom line, as well as the latest information about what is happening in Green.
To receive the City of Green Planning Department’s bi-monthly e-mail for businesses, sign-up online at www.cityofgreen.org, check the box for “Business Matters eNewsletter and eAlerts” or contact Jessica Hyser.
“Like” the City of Green on Facebook and stay up-to-date on what is happening in the City of Green. We use our Facebook page to update residents and businesses about current events; weather and/or road conditions; and promote or recognize a business for their great accomplishments. Find us at http://www.facebook.com/cityofgreenohio
Join the Green Chamber of Commerce
Contact the Green Chamber of Commerce at (330) 896-3023 or visit their Website at www.greenareachamber.org for more information about networking and educational opportunities and cost savings programs.
Make the City of Green Planning Department the first place to call when you need assistance. The City’s staff is available to help provide answers to not only issues relating to City Services, but can also make referrals to local business programs.
The City has the ability to connect local enterprises to many regional and state business development programs. Organizations such as the Green Chamber of Commerce, Summit County Department of Development, US Small Business Administration Cleveland Office, and the State of Ohio Development Services Agency offer assistance on starting a business in the State of Ohio, developing business plans and financial projections, marketing, and even monetary grants/incentives. The City of Green Planning Department Staff can assist with obtaining information about the various available programs and making contact with the appropriate people or organizations that can provide the needed business support.
Business Attraction and Site Selection
The City of Green Planning Department also provides confidential assistance for those looking for commercial, industrial or retail land within Green. Green is home to a number of business, commercial and industrial parks, along with various business districts and stand-alone site locations. Green has more than 730 acres of land ready for development. Our professional and knowledgeable staff would be glad to gather the information needed and provide you with current data to make a sound decision about our community and what we have to offer.
The City maintains a database of commercial and industrial property that is available for lease or development. Visit the City’s Website at www.cityofgreen.org/real-estate to find more information.
Tax Incentive Programs
Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) #181 contains 360 acres of industrial zoned land surrounding the Akron Canton Airport at the CAK International Business Park at Port Green. FTZ regulations at this business park exempt goods in transit, which are not for U.S. commerce, from duties, taxes or import quotas. The Foreign-Trade Zone designation grants a corporation unique development opportunities within the City of Green by providing local manufacturing or industrial facilities located in the Zone quicker access to foreign trade products, in addition to the advantage of reduced taxes, duties, and/or insurance costs on those goods.
Enterprise Zone Program
The City of Green Enterprise Zone Tax Incentive Program (EZ Program) allows qualifying companies that demonstrate sound financial responsibility and business experience to receive certain levels of real property tax abatement when new significant investments in land, buildings, and/or machinery and equipment are made. The EZ Program is in place to help offset the high cost of business start-up activities, as well as to assist existing businesses grow and remain competitive. The schedule of abatement is based upon factors such as real property investment, job creation, and payroll investment.
Community Reinvestment Area
The City has two Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs). The first CRA incorporates a large tract of land at the Southeast corner of Green surrounding the Akron-Canton Airport, while the second CRA is located along the I-77 primary development area. See the map for qualifying properties. The CRA Program is a direct incentive tax exemption program benefiting property owners who expand facilities or construct new facilities in the qualifying area. The CRA tax incentive exemption percentage and term are negotiated and finalized between the property owner and the local political authorities prior to the project going forward.
Tax Increment Financing
Our community has established a tailored Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Program, which permits the City to declare improvements to certain parcels of real property to be a public purpose and allows us to recoup the increased taxes from the new development to finance various public improvement projects. The TIF economic development mechanism is anticipated to promote economic development, encourage private investment, increase employment opportunities, expedite construction of public improvements, and enhance property values in specific areas of our community.
Municipal Economic Development Grant Program
The City established a Municipal Economic Development Grant (MEDG) program to encourage companies to invest in existing buildings where other incentive programs do not apply. The program allows some companies to collect a grant based on the income tax collected from new employment within the City of Green. For example, if a company with $2,000,000 in payroll in the City, those employees pay 2% in income tax to the City of Green. The City would calculate a grant based on a portion of that 2% in income taxes collected and rebate it to the company in the form of a grant. Grant terms are negotiated on a case by case basis.
City of Green Planning Department
Community Development Administrator
1755 Town Park Blvd.
PO Box 278
Green, OH 44232
Phone: (330) 896-6614