Economic Development

Canton/Stark County is a prime place to do business. We have a strong community of existing businesses, abundant natural resources, low cost of living, educated workforce, and below average unemployment rate.  

The Chamber’s economic development efforts provide assistance to area companies, primarily in the industrial and commercial sectors, as they seek to grow and expand their businesses.

The Chamber networks business owners and managers with various resources and incentive programs available in the community, and strives to match individual company’s needs to available and appropriate resources.

Our Economic Development Goals & Objectives

Our economic development efforts are led by Jeff Dafler, Vice President of Economic Development and Public Policy, who can be reached at (330) 458-2090 or