What Canton Has to Offer

Limitless Water Supply

If your company requires large amounts of freshwater for processing or manufacturing your product, the City of Canton owns and operates one of the largest underground freshwater aquifers in the state. Our nearly endless supply of clean, fresh, and affordable water can be offered to your business as an investment incentive.

Site-Ready Facilities

The City of Canton has a wide variety of out-of-the-box facilities and build-ready sites to offer to companies that need large amounts of space for research, offices, or manufacturing.

Global Access

We can help companies compete in the global economy by partnering with state trade offices in more than a dozen countries, giving local businesses access to markets, suppliers, and customers outside of the United States. Also, with a Foreign Trade Zone located only minutes from downtown, products can be shipped or received worldwide in the blink of an eye.

Public / Private Partnerships

Local businesses benefit from a number of grants, tax incentives, and low-interest loans from the:

  • City
  • County
  • Federal
  • Private/non-profit sources
  • State

Companies also have access to a wide variety of services offered by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.


By working closely with our local partners in secondary and higher education, we are making sure that local companies possess a workforce of skilled and highly-trained employees to operate their businesses.

Passenger Air Travel

The Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK) is one of the fastest-growing airports in the country. In January 2014, the airport reported the total passengers was 115,052. The low cost and efficiency of CAK gives local companies the freedom to conduct business around the country without having to worry about long lines and highly-priced fares. With $110 million in expansions planned over the next ten years, CAK will be positioned to offer more domestic and international flights than ever before.

Highway Transit

Canton is located at the intersection of two major highway systems - Interstate 77 and U.S.30 - connecting businesses to more than 50% of the nation's population in less than a day's travel. This gives businesses the freedom to deliver their products to an ever-growing customer base both quickly and efficiently.

Rail Freight Service

The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company operates more than 800 miles of freight line stretching from western Ohio into Pennsylvania, with additional trackage rights into Maryland. The Norfolk Southern Corporation provides freight service to Cleveland, Toledo, and Norfolk, VA. The Wheeling serves markets such as: 

  • Akron
  • Canton
  • Cleveland
  • Pittsburgh
  • Toledo