Portage County Regional Planning Commission
P.C. Administration Building 449 South Meridian St. 6th Floor,
Ravenna , OH , 44266-2274, US
Phone: (330) 297-3613
Email: tpeetz@pcrpc.org
Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M Monday through Friday

Projects & Grants

Portage County Food Hub Feasibility Study

 

The Portage County Regional Planning Commission received a Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service for a Feasibility Study for a Food Hub in Portage County. This Feasibility Studywill attempt to quantify and evaluate the best potential form and focus of a food hub in Portage County.



Food Hub Feasibility Study

Asset Mapping
 
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission and the Portage County Auditor's Office received a State of Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund Grant (http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_localgovfund.htm.) in 2012 to develop an Asset Mapping website.
 

What is Asset Mapping?  

Asset mapping is the process of inventorying and analyzing the valued resources of a community or region. The asset mapping project for Portage County is designed to provide leaders with important knowledge about the County’s land uses and businesses to improve development efforts and capitalize on local resources. The primary tools for inventory and analysis are spreadsheet-based data.
 
 
 
 
 
Food Hub Plan - November 2012
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.
 
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission received a grant from the Ohio State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage County. A food hub is defined by the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
 
"A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products."
 
The Plan was completed with the help of a Steering Committee made up of local farmers, economic development professionals, local cooperatives, and partners from the hospital, higher education institutions and other agencies. The full plan, "Planning for a Food Hub in Portage County," is available in pdf format by clicking the text below.
 
 
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.

Visioning in Portage

"A goal without a plan is just a wish."  - Larry Elder 


How We Started...
Visioning in Portage (VIP) started with a group of Portage County citizens who wanted to take a more active role in shaping our community.
We believe in working together to promote Northeast Ohio and to make Portage County a great place to live, work and play. In the initial effort, committees were formed and each committee worked to address the "big picture" ideas (visions) and to develop goals and objectives to achieve them. Committee ideas were brought back to the entire group of participants.

 

Where we hope to go...

Ultimately, through improved communications and collaboration, we can proactively pursue our interests to become the community that reflects our collective vision. Currently additional funding is being sought to turn the vision into a working plan.

Portage County Watersheds Plan - 2006

The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.
The Portage County Regional Planning Commission recently received a grant from the Ohio 
State University Center for Farmland Policy Innovation to plan for a Food Hub in Portage 
County. A food hub is defined by the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program as:
“A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the 
aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and or marketing of locally/regionally produced 
food products.” 
In addition to the valuable participation of our steering committee, we are seeking input from 
local farmers, those who make value-added local products and those interested in using local 
produce/products such as restaurants, grocers, caterers, schools, individuals and hospitals to 
complete surveys (see links below). One survey is for those who are producers, one is for 
those who would buy and use local products.
This planning project was undertaken in response to the continued growth and 
development of Portage County in recent years. Portage County contains the headwaters 
and upstream portions of several rivers that supply water to major populations in 
Northeast Ohio – most importantly the Cuyahoga and Mahoning Rivers – the Cuyahoga 
River supplying the City of Akron with water via Lake Rockwell and eventually flowing 
to Lake Erie, the water source for the City of Cleveland and its suburbs; the Mahoning 
River providing downstream cities and communities in that watershed with consistent 
water flow. Walborn Reservoir is partially located in Portage County and is part of the 
water supply area for the City of Alliance in Stark County. This strategic location with 
respect to water supply and the fact that the county is in the earlier stages of development 
compared to more urbanized areas surrounding it, puts it at a crossroads for careful 
planning and wise management of resources and development.  
Non-point source pollution and storm water have been identified as significant threats to 
water quality according to the Water Quality Management Plans for both the Lake Erie 
and Ohio River Basins recently prepared by the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional 
Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO). New development and 
suburbanization are major contributors of non-point source pollutants and storm water, 
resulting in negative impacts to the water resources in the county. With careful attention 
to the way development occurs in the county, the goals of supporting new growth for 
economic benefit and managing natural resources are not necessarily exclusive 
endeavors. This Plan was envisioned as a framework to manage growth, encourage 
sustainable growth, and protect the natural resources and highly-valued rural character of 
Portage County.  
This planning project was undertaken in response to the continued growth and 
development of Portage County in recent years. Portage County contains the headwaters 
and upstream portions of several rivers that supply water to major populations in 
Northeast Ohio – most importantly the Cuyahoga and Mahoning Rivers – the Cuyahoga 
River supplying the City of Akron with water via Lake Rockwell and eventually flowing 
to Lake Erie, the water source for the City of Cleveland and its suburbs; the Mahoning 
River providing downstream cities and communities in that watershed with consistent 
water flow. Walborn Reservoir is partially located in Portage County and is part of the 
water supply area for the City of Alliance in Stark County. This strategic location with 
respect to water supply and the fact that the county is in the earlier stages of development 
compared to more urbanized areas surrounding it, puts it at a crossroads for careful 
planning and wise management of resources and development.  
Non-point source pollution and storm water have been identified as significant threats to 
water quality according to the Water Quality Management Plans for both the Lake Erie 
and Ohio River Basins recently prepared by the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional 
Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO). New development and 
suburbanization are major contributors of non-point source pollutants and storm water, 
resulting in negative impacts to the water resources in the county. With careful attention 
to the way development occurs in the county, the goals of supporting new growth for 
economic benefit and managing natural resources are not necessarily exclusive 
endeavors. This Plan was envisioned as a framework to manage growth, encourage 
sustainable growth, and protect the natural resources and highly-valued rural character of 
Portage County.  
This planning project was undertaken in response to the continued growth and 
development of Portage County in recent years. Portage County contains the headwaters 
and upstream portions of several rivers that supply water to major populations in 
Northeast Ohio – most importantly the Cuyahoga and Mahoning Rivers – the Cuyahoga 
River supplying the City of Akron with water via Lake Rockwell and eventually flowing 
to Lake Erie, the water source for the City of Cleveland and its suburbs; the Mahoning 
River providing downstream cities and communities in that watershed with consistent 
water flow. Walborn Reservoir is partially located in Portage County and is part of the 
water supply area for the City of Alliance in Stark County. This strategic location with 
respect to water supply and the fact that the county is in the earlier stages of development 
compared to more urbanized areas surrounding it, puts it at a crossroads for careful 
planning and wise management of resources and development.  
Non-point source pollution and storm water have been identified as significant threats to 
water quality according to the Water Quality Management Plans for both the Lake Erie 
and Ohio River Basins recently prepared by the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional 
Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO). New development and 
suburbanization are major contributors of non-point source pollutants and storm water, 
resulting in negative impacts to the water resources in the county. With careful attention 
to the way development occurs in the county, the goals of supporting new growth for 
economic benefit and managing natural resources are not necessarily exclusive 
endeavors. This Plan was envisioned as a framework to manage growth, encourage 
sustainable growth, and protect the natural resources and highly-valued rural character of 
Portage County. 
This planning project was undertaken in response to the continued growth and 
development of Portage County in recent years. Portage County contains the headwaters 
and upstream portions of several rivers that supply water to major populations in 
Northeast Ohio – most importantly the Cuyahoga and Mahoning Rivers – the Cuyahoga 
River supplying the City of Akron with water via Lake Rockwell and eventually flowing 
to Lake Erie, the water source for the City of Cleveland and its suburbs; the Mahoning 
River providing downstream cities and communities in that watershed with consistent 
water flow. Walborn Reservoir is partially located in Portage County and is part of the 
water supply area for the City of Alliance in Stark County. This strategic location with 
respect to water supply and the fact that the county is in the earlier stages of development 
compared to more urbanized areas surrounding it, puts it at a crossroads for careful 
planning and wise management of resources and development.  
Non-point source pollution and storm water have been identified as significant threats to 
water quality according to the Water Quality Management Plans for both the Lake Erie 
and Ohio River Basins recently prepared by the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional 
Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO). New development and 
suburbanization are major contributors of non-point source pollutants and storm water, 
resulting in negative impacts to the water resources in the county. With careful attention 
to the way development occurs in the county, the goals of supporting new growth for 
economic benefit and managing natural resources are not necessarily exclusive 
endeavors. This Plan was envisioned as a framework to manage growth, encourage 
sustainable growth, and protect the natural resources and highly-valued rural character of 
Portage County. 
 
This planning project was undertaken in response to the continued growth and development of Portage County. Portage County contains the headwaters and upstream portions of several rivers that supply water to major populations in Northeast Ohio – most importantly the Cuyahoga and Mahoning Rivers – the Cuyahoga River supplying the City of Akron and the Mahoning River providing water for several cities and communities downstream. Walborn Reservoir is partially located in Portage County and is part of the water supply area for the City of Alliance in Stark County. This location with respect to water supply and its continued development puts Portage County in a strategic location for careful planning and wise management of resources.
 
This planning project was undertaken in response to the continued growth and 
development of Portage County in recent years. Portage County contains the headwaters 
and upstream portions of several rivers that supply water to major populations in 
Northeast Ohio – most importantly the Cuyahoga and Mahoning Rivers – the Cuyahoga 
River supplying the City of Akron with water via Lake Rockwell and eventually flowing 
to Lake Erie, the water source for the City of Cleveland and its suburbs; the Mahoning 
River providing downstream cities and communities in that watershed with consistent 
water flow. Walborn Reservoir is partially located in Portage County and is part of the 
water supply area for the City of Alliance in Stark County. This strategic location with 
respect to water supply and the fact that the county is in the earlier stages of development 
compared to more urbanized areas surrounding it, puts it at a crossroads for careful 
planning and wise management of resources and development.  
Non-point source pollution and storm water have been identified as significant threats to 
water quality according to the Water Quality Management Plans for both the Lake Erie 
and Ohio River Basins recently prepared by the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional 
Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO). New development and 
suburbanization are major contributors of non-point source pollutants and storm water, 
resulting in negative impacts to the water resources in the county. With careful attention 
to the way development occurs in the county, the goals of supporting new growth for 
economic benefit and managing natural resources are not necessarily exclusive 
endeavors. This Plan was envisioned as a framework to manage growth, encourage 
sustainable growth, and protect the natural resources and highly-valued rural character of 
Portage County.  
This planning project was undertaken in response to the continued growth and 
development of Portage County in recent years. Portage County contains the headwaters 
and upstream portions of several rivers that supply water to major populations in 
Northeast Ohio – most importantly the Cuyahoga and Mahoning Rivers – the Cuyahoga 
River supplying the City of Akron with water via Lake Rockwell and eventually flowing 
to Lake Erie, the water source for the City of Cleveland and its suburbs; the Mahoning 
River providing downstream cities and communities in that watershed with consistent 
water flow. Walborn Reservoir is partially located in Portage County and is part of the 
water supply area for the City of Alliance in Stark County. This strategic location with 
respect to water supply and the fact that the county is in the earlier stages of development 
compared to more urbanized areas surrounding it, puts it at a crossroads for careful 
planning and wise management of resources and development.  
Non-point source pollution and storm water have been identified as significant threats to 
water quality according to the Water Quality Management Plans for both the Lake Erie 
and Ohio River Basins recently prepared by the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional 
Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO). New development and 
suburbanization are major contributors of non-point source pollutants and storm water, 
resulting in negative impacts to the water resources in the county. With careful attention 
to the way development occurs in the county, the goals of supporting new growth for 
economic benefit and managing natural resources are not necessarily exclusive 
endeavors. This Plan was envisioned as a framework to manage growth, encourage 
sustainable growth, and protect the natural resources and highly-valued rural character of 
Portage County. 
Watersheds Plan

Portage County Asset Mapping

 

Farming in Portage County