Economic Development

Tools for Reinvesting In Downtown
Tools for Reinvesting in Downtown
Business and Community investing Together to build a thriving Future.
North End Wooster Real Estate Development
Wayne County's Commercial Center
Wooster's bustling North End offers a variety of convenient retail, restaurant, and entertainment destinations.
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Strengthening our Neighborhoods
Learn about opportunities and incentives for investing in our neighborhoods.

Economic Development 

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Developing the Future

Whether finding a new home for a major manufacturing firm, working to launch a new company, or even reinvest in rehabilitating a home, the City of Wooster offers the perfect place to live, grow, and thrive. Working with our partners across the City, Wayne County, and the State of Ohio, Wooster offers businesses and residents a unique set of tools to build a prosperous future.

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For Business

Continually ranked as the Top 10 Micropolitan in the nation, Wooster offers a world-class assortment of tools to assist our firms with growing their business. Our office, as well as our economic development partners, are available to provide local economic and market data. For Wooster firms seeking to expand their boundaries, or for prospective new businesses, the City offers Enterprise Zone and also Community Reinvestment Area incentives to aid in real estate development. Wooster also offers a Job Creation Tax Credit. Discover the opportunity Wooster offers for growing businesses. 

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For Homeowners

Everything around and available to us in the economy started as one person's idea, and grew from a tremendous amount of work, partnerships, and sacrifice. Such is true of many Wooster firms, which today employ people or sell products all across the globe. With a strong collection of vibrant and local organizations offering networking and mentoring resources, in addition to financing and loan opportunities such as the Wooster Opportunity Loan Fund, learn about how Wooster is a great place to start your newest venture.

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For Start-Ups

Economic development, investing in the future, starts at home. The City of Wooster offers tools designed to help individual homeowners, or those seeking to become homeowners, invest in themselves and build a stronger financial future. Providing real estate tax savings, the Community Reinvestment Area program provides opportunities for property owners reinvesting in their one and two-family homes within Wooster's historic neighborhoods. Providing forgivable loans and small grants, the City also works to achieve grants to assist low income homeowners with emergency repairs through its CHIP Program. To learn more, please click here.

Real Estate & Development Resources
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Wooster Innovation Park Sites

The Wooster Innovation Park is a community-owned business neighborhood featuring large lots up to 61 acres in size with a full suite of utilities and public infrastructure. Centered in Wayne County's largest employment center, site neighbors include Daisy Brand, The Wooster Brush Company, Scannell, and Schaeffler USA. Flat topography with no known environmental issues (Phase I available upon request), zoned industrial, and with recently-constructed heavy roadway infrastructure, the Wooster Innovation Site provides excellent opportunities for businesses expanding to Northeast Ohio. 

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Traffic Counts

Providing valuable information on site visibility, local traffic count data is available through the Ohio Department of Transportation's online Transportation Data Management System. This listing provides average daily traffic counts taken along various sections of roadways, both as part of ODOT's annual road survey and also from each traffic study conducted as part of a proposed development or roadway improvement.

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Available Sites & Properties

View other commercial and industrial properties listed for sale and lease in the City of Wooster. This service which is made possible through JobsOhio with assistance from organizations including the City of Wooster and partner nonprofits Wayne Economic Development Council and TeamNeo. For questions on public infrastructure capacity or development proposals, or to have a Wooster site listed on this service, please contact us (330.263.5250 | and we will be happy to provide additional information. 

Work In Wayne

Visit our Partner resource, WORK IN WAYNE by WEDC, to learn why Wooster is the best place to grow your career or business. Discover our top-ranked schools K-12 throughout our greater micropolitan region in addition to our exceptional college and university offerings, our cultural amenities from the award winning Ohio Light Opera to sprawling Wooster Memorial Park to thriving downtowns and bright village centers, and our vibrant quality of life supported with excellent healthcare, transportation, exceptional safety, housing opportunities, and civic groups (with opportunities to volunteer!) dedicated to improving the quality of life for all.