What we do to help Northeast Ohio grow

Regional Business Development

Team NEO is passionate about accelerating business and economic growth in Northeast Ohio. Our collaborative style and results-oriented culture drives us to quickly find solutions that support the retention and expansion work of our economic development partners in the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.

Team NEO is the Regional Network Partner for JobsOhio, a private, non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. As part of this statewide effort, we work closely with JobsOhio and five other regional economic development partners, known collectively as the JobsOhio Network. With deep ties to local business communities, this Network provides JobsOhio with the connectivity needed to achieve a “One Firm, One State” approach to selling Ohio.

As the JobsOhio regional partner, Team NEO provides local economic development organizations and their clients with information, access to resources across the region and recommendations on programs that are available from both the state and JobsOhio.  If needed, we will negotiate on their behalf. We then use our knowledge of the issues facing businesses and economic development organizations in Northeast Ohio to inform and help shape the state’s programs for business growth and job creation. 

With our knowledge of local, regional and state resources, Team NEO can quickly bring together the right people and information to address business growth challenges and provide support in areas such as funding options, tax incentives, regulatory issues and ways to access to the region’s talent pool. 

We work with our 18-county economic development partners to:

  • Understand the needs and objectives of expanding businesses

  • Identify and evaluate challenges

  • Recommend an appropriate solution 

  • Provide on-going support 

Download our single sheet to learn more about how Team NEO, JobsOhio and our local economic development partners help businesses grow in Northeast Ohio.

Find out how you can invest in Team NEO and become involved in helping businesses and jobs grow in Northeast Ohio.

For more information, contact:

Christine Nelson
Vice President, Regional Business Development
216.363.5414

Steve Fritsch
Senior Director, Strategic Network Engagement 
330.414.4676

NORTHEAST OHIO'S LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

ASHLAND COUNTY
Kathy Goon
Director
Ashland Area Council for Economic Development
419.289.3200 | Email Kathy

ASHTABULA COUNTY
Hattie L. Grubke-Barnard
Project Manager
Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County & Account Executive, Ashtabula County
440.576.9126 | Email Brian

COLUMBIANA COUNTY 
Tracy Drake
CEO
Columbiana County Port Authority
330.386.9051 | Email Tracy

CUYAHOGA COUNTY
Deb Janik
Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Business Development
Greater Cleveland Partnership
216.592.2268 | Email Deb

ERIE COUNTY
Abbey Bemis
Interim Executive Director
Erie County Economic Development Corporation
419.625.7051 | Email Abbey

GEAUGA COUNTY
Tracy A. Jemison
President
Geauga Growth Partnership
440.564.1060 | Email Tracy

HURON COUNTY
Carol Knapp
Director
Huron County Development Council
419.663.4232 | Email Carol

LAKE COUNTY
Mark Rantala
Executive Director
Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority
440.357.2290 | Email Mark

LORAIN COUNTY
Chris Kish
Project Manager/Attraction
Team Lorain County
440.328.2562 | Email Chris

MAHONING COUNTY
Sarah Boyarko
Vice President Economic Development, Retention & Expansion
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber
330.744.2131, ext. 17 | Email Sarah

MEDINA COUNTY
Bethany Dentler
Executive Director
Medina County Economic Development Corporation
330.722.9215 | Email Bethany

PORTAGE COUNTY
Brad Ehrhart
President
Portage Development Board
330.297.3470 | Email Brad

RICHLAND COUNTY

Bridget McDaniel
Executive Director
Richland Community Development Group
419.755.7234 | Email Bridget

STARK COUNTY
Alan Edie
Vice President, Business Development
Stark Development Board, Inc.
330.453.5900 ext.15 | Email Alan

SUMMIT COUNTY
Gregg Cramer
Vice President, Economic Development
Greater Akron Chamber
330.237.1213 | Email Greg

TRUMBULL COUNTY
Sarah Boyarko
Vice President Economic Development, Retention & Expansion
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber
330.744.2131, ext. 17 | Email Sarah

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY
Gary Little
Executive Director
Tuscarawas County Community Improvement Corporation
330.691.0878 | Email Gary

WAYNE COUNTY
Rodney Crider
President
Wayne Economic Development Council
330.264.2411 x203 | Email Rod