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We Are Strengthening Stark

Strengthening Stark is a community-wide movement of residents, businesses, government, nonprofits and philanthropy who share a vision for a vibrant, growing county.

Our goal is to make Stark a great place to:

Start and grow a business

Develop one’s talent and pursue a career

Live and raise a family

Together, partners in Strengthening Stark:

Nurture Business Growth

  • More Stark businesses are getting help from the state to invest and add employees.
  • Stark Business 911 is an online tool to connect businesses to the resources they need to grow.
  • Entrepreneurs have access to specific resources to launch and sustain new ventures.

Develop Our Talent

  • Stark Jobs Platform provides job seekers, students, parents and others with information about current and future job market in Stark County.
  • Neighborhood groups, companies, educators and non-profits are working together to connect residents to the job market.
  • Educators, businesses and others are working together to make sure our youngest residents are prepared to succeed in school so that they are more likely to have prosperous careers.

Create Quality Places

  • Government and nonprofit leaders are using a new on-line tool to identify areas of need and opportunities for investment in their community.
  • Partners are working together to attract investments within targeted locations in Stark.

The Strengthening Stark partners have retained a small staff to bring the right people to the discussion, build support for existing efforts and catalyze new initiatives. Staff works with a Governance Committee that oversees all Strengthening Stark activity. Strengthening Stark is built on the belief that we are stronger when we come together to solve the complex challenges facing our community. Working together we reduce duplication of services, improve outcomes and increase accountability.

Our Funding

Several partners have contributed financial and in-kind resources to support the convening and coordinating work of Strengthening Stark. Contributors include:

Our Roots

Partners formed the Strengthening Stark movement early in 2018 in response to a report issued by an informal group of leaders from across Stark County that spent more than a year developing a deeper understanding of the economic trends, opportunities and challenges in Stark County.

Our Roots

We are strengthening Stark—and you can too

Movements require people with a desire and passion for change and the resources to achieve that change.

We’re committed to making Stark County a better place to start and grow a business, develop one’s talent and pursue a career, and live and raise a family and you’re invite to join us!
  • Get invested in Stark County - learn what is happening and talk about issues that exist
  • Engage your friends and family, your professional circles, and your social circles in addressing issues in your backyard!
  • Be courageous and lead change
  • Support local businesses and source locally whenever possible
  • Take pride in your home and common areas
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2021 Stark Tank College WINNERS

2021 Stark Tank College WINNERS

 For our pilot college edition, 10 college teams submitted 90 second elevator pitches along with a business plan to the sharks. They also attended workshops and mentoring sessions. The top six teams were chosen to compete in the final pitch competition.Each final pitch had four minutes to pr...
Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership Highlight

Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership Highlight

Stark County is at the heart of manufacturing in northeastern Ohio.  Five-hundred and fifty manufacturers work with 26,000 employees to provide the most wages of any industry category in the County, according to MAGNET’s 2019 NEO Manufacturing Survey.  The Survey also concludes that in Nor...
Find Your Tribe With ystark And Leadership Stark County

Find Your Tribe With ystark And Leadership Stark County

 As the largest demographic in today’s workforce, millennials are the bridge between our community’s present and future. Retaining this group of young talent should be a priority to us all, not just the Human Resource managers of the largest employers in town. ystark! and Leadership Stark ...
2021 Stark Tank High School Edition WINNERS

2021 Stark Tank High School Edition WINNERS

 High School DetailsBefore qualifying for the final event, 40 high school teams submitted 90 second elevator pitches along with a business plan to the sharks. They also attended workshops and mentoring sessions. The top eight teams were chosen to compete in the final pitch competition.Each p...
In Demand In Stark - Ryan Hartong

In Demand In Stark - Ryan Hartong

Canton Repository Article: https://www.cantonrep.com/story/opinion/columns/guest/2021/05/02/commentary-life-after-high-school/4893315001/  Next step: Life after high schoolBy Ryan HartongI heard the other day that there are approximately 4,200 seniors in Stark County high schools, man...
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