The Ashtabula County Port Authority (ACPA) was created in 1988 by the county commissioners as an economic development entity for the county. The main focus of the ACPA has been to promote projects that create jobs and economic growth in our community. The mission of the Ashtabula County Port Authority is to implement economic development initiatives that will strengthen and diversify the economy of Ashtabula County and throughout Northeast Ohio.
Located in the heart of the nation's industrial region, Ohio is strategically situated on the great inland waterways and crisscrossed by the interstate roadway system. 59% of the U.S. and Canadian populations are within 600 miles of Ohio. Being an hour from Cleveland, Youngstown, Erie and 2 hours from Pittsburgh, Ashtabula County is in an advantageous geographic position for economic development.
Since its inception, the ACPA has worked to foster and supported the location, development and growth of numerous companies who have created thousands of jobs in our community. With total employment in Ohio expected to increase 4.3 percent over the 10-year period from 2008 to 2018, a projected gain of 250,000 jobs, Ashtabula County is ready for growth and development in all sectors.
According to the 2007 Ohio Port authorities Council "Economic Impact Fact Sheet," port authorities report a combined $6.5 billion annual impact on Ohio's economy, directly supporting 20,000 jobs. This represents an increase of almost 40% from the 2005 impact report of $4.7 billion. The ACPA has played a critical role in the development of the North Bend Industrial Park, the Coffee Creek Industrial Park, and the acquisition of former First Energy Plant C.