Doing Business in Putnam County

Doing Business in Putnam County

Economic Incentives

CRA Tax Abatement Enterprise Zone: The CRA Program permits municipalities, townships, or counties to designate areas where investment has been targeted to encourage revitalization of the existing area and the development of new structures. The Enterprise Zone program provides for tangible property tax abatements and is strictly for manufacturing or service-related projects.

Tax Increment Financing: Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is an economic development mechanism available to local governments in Ohio to finance primarily public infrastructure improvements. A TIF works by locking in the taxable worth of real property at the value it holds at the time the authorizing legislation was approved. Payments derived from the increased assessed value of any improvement to real property beyond that amount are directed towards a separate fund to finance the construction of public infrastructure defined within the TIF legislation.

JobsOhio Opportunities: Several opportunities exist for employers creating new jobs and business opportunities in specific markets throughout Ohio, including Putnam County. For more information about the various programs and grants available from the state of Ohio, please visit the JobsOhio website at


Putnam County sits in one of the most advantage locations in the Midwest, with easy access to major highways, railways and several major shipping ports. In addition, because of nearby I-75 and I-30 highways, as well as Interstates 80 and 90, Putnam is no more than a short drive away from most of the major cities in the Midwest.

  • Chicago: 242 Miles
  • Ann Arbor: 109 Miles
  • Indianapolis: 185 Miles
  • Detroit: 124 Miles
  • Cleveland: 167 Miles
  • Cincinnati: 146 Miles
  • Toledo: 64 Miles
  • Dayton: 92 Miles
  • Louisville: 244 Miles
  • Columbus: 112 Miles

Top Industrial Sectors

Putnam County is home to a wide variety of business, including several major industrial and manufacturing operations. Below are some of the biggest industries and employers that call Putnam County:

  • Steel Processing
  • Consumer Products
  • Automotive
  • Food Processing & AgriBusiness
  • Plastics