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Central Portage County…Where Things Are Happening!
When I think of Central Portage County and in particular the Brimfield/Kent/Rootstown area, what comes to mind is the concept of growth and a perfect example of what can happen when people work together to make a positive change.
So what’s so special about our little piece of paradise here in Portage County? Driving along the I-76 corridor, we’re so much more than a few exits and off ramps. We’re made up of successful businesses, neighborhoods, excellent schools and friendly people that are proud to call our little corner of the world, “home, sweet home!”
Here is where you’ll find located right off of a busy interstate highway, a quiet, but thriving college town, a revitalized railroad town, international businesses that trace their roots to the area, and waterways and hike and bike trails for people to enjoy.
Brimfield is to home to people who are choosing to move outside city limits, but still want the convenience of being close to places to work, shop and eat nearby. Kent’s population literally doubles during the nine months of the year when Kent State University students are on campus. Together, the combination of unique, eclectic and diverse groups and individuals make Kent an uncommon, great place to live, work, play and do business. Nearby is Rootstown, which started out as a farming and residential community where agriculture was the main industry with dairy farms and orchards. Today, Rootstown continues to be a wonderful suburban, rural family oriented community that is home to Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), known worldwide for training physicians, pharmacists, researchers and other health professionals in an interprofessional environment.
Central Portage County is blessed with natural beauty and great places for friends and family to gather and experience. There’s Wingfoot Lake State Park, an extensive park system including hike-and-bike trails, natural resources (Mogadore Reservoir and the middle and upper sections of the Cuyahoga River), and great golf courses make this area a place that people want to visit, explore AND live. There are festivals such as Brimfest and the ever-popular Kent Heritage Festival, music festivals, and other community-related events held throughout the year.
So when people ask us what’s special about our area or what there is to see and do, we proudly tell them…A LOT! We invite you to check it out for yourself. We think you’ll like what you see.
For more information on the Brimfield-Kent-Rootstown area, visit www.centralportage.org.