strengthening stark


 The Strengthening Stark report was developed by Stark Community Foundation on behalf of the Stark Civic Group, an informal group of leaders representing all sectors of Stark County.  Upon completion of the report, which examined the demographic and economic trends and projections of our county, the Stark Economic Development Board (SEDB) was asked to lead the creation of a county-wide plan.

The Strengthening Stark Economic Competitiveness Plan, made up of 7 focus areas and 28 initiatives, is aimed at transforming Stark County from a smaller, older and poorer community into a larger, younger and more prosperous community.

Economic development entities and community partners from across the county have assumed responsibility for much of the plan's development, and SEDB will oversee measuring the progress of the plan and communicating that progress to the community. 

1.  Program Governance
2.  Workforce Talent
3.  Business Growth
4.  Targeted Industry Development
5.  Entrepreneurship and Innovation
6.  Infrastructure Development
7.  Engagement and Advocacy

Governance Committee 

Strengthening Stark Staff 

Strengthening Stark Report 

Strengthening Stark Final Report 

Strengthening Stark Economic Competitiveness Plan 

Business Speakers Series 

Workforce Menu 

My Stark Story 

Contact Information 


Strengthening Stark

400 3rd Street SE, Suite 302

Canton, OH  44702

(330) 453-5628 Office



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