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Doing Business Downtown

Canton’s downtown workforce enjoys a range of amenities, from its centerpiece Central Plaza, to the variety of retail and service businesses that offer convenience to the downtown worker. Over 30 restaurants serve the dining needs of 10,000 employees that make up the eighth largest downtown labor force in the State of Ohio. Read on for information about the business services that the Canton Development Partnership can provide for both existing downtown businesses and businesses who are seeking relocation information to our downtown city center.

Why Downtown Canton?

The Canton Development Partnership partners with the City of Canton to bring new businesses to our downtown. We also support our current businesses as they grow and develop. The CDP maintains information on vital facts and statistics relative to our central business district.

Information on space inventory, occupancy rates for commercial buildings, daytime population, parking, etc. are available. The CDP often serves as a facilitator and advocate for downtown issues such as parking, safety, and cleanliness.

For more information, contact the Canton Development Partnership at 330-458-2090.

Loans and Grants

The City of Canton may provide loans or grants to companies that relocate within the city limits or substantially increase their employment base.

Questions regarding loans and grants should be directed to Linda Barnes, Executive Director of the Canton Community Investment Corporation (CCIC) at 330-438-4127.


Aesthetic initiatives include flower planting, banner and flag program, additional seasonal police security for the central business district, architectural review process for downtown developments, and assisting the city in keeping downtown clean and safe.

Downtown Marketing

Marketing projects include wayfinding, conducting a series of high quality events to generate activity, operating a seasonal farmers’ market, publishing a downtown newsletter, and developing successful arts events and programs.

Economic development initiatives have consisted of attracting new business to our center city, maintaining a comprehensive list of available space and coordinate efforts to create new housing downtown. The SID organization acts as the eyes and ears of our downtown community.

The Canton Development Partnership also maintains a speakers’ bureau and is happy to provide speakers to community groups to discuss downtown issues, projects and developments.

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