The City of Ravenna is located in Northeast Ohio, approximately 18 miles east of Akron and 35 miles southeast of Cleveland. Our location is one of our biggest strengths. Ravenna is centrally located in an area surrounded by major transportation modes and routes. Ravenna prides itself on it's rich history and heritage. Founded in 1799 and developed throughout the 1800's, much of Ravenna's original downtown architecture remains today. In 1999, Ravenna invested $3 million in renovating and restoring the downtown area. Today, the community boasts a unique mix of old and new, with numerous industrial facilities thriving within the community. Many communities are spending large amounts of money trying to re-create the historic look Ravenna already has. The big difference is Ravenna's architecture is authentic. When you stroll down Main Street you are not walking through a newly built imitation, you're visiting an authentic piece of American History. Ravenna is uniquely positioned to excel in the current trend toward returning to that "Main Street USA" feel. Ravenna enjoys a diverse economy, with manufacturing, trade, services and government sharing nearly equal percentages in the overal economy. A combination of international companies as well as locally owned companies provide good opportunites for residents to work within the City. Ravenna's close proximity to Kent State University, Hiram University and Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine offers employers a wealth of highly skilled employees. Ravenna is home to Robinson Memorial Hospital which is consistently rated as one of the top 99 places to work in Northeast Ohio. Robinson continues to expand not only on it's main campus but also with satellite facilities throughout Portage County
The Ravenna City School System is comprised of a school dedicated to Kindergarten, Three elementary schools housing grades 1-5, One middle school housing grades 6-8 and one High School with grades 9-12. The High School is the newest facility, completed in 2010, and boasts not only a modern school building but also one of the premier high school football and track fields in the State of Ohio. The newly established STEM+M school known as BIOMED is a short 10 minute drive south in Rootstown.
Ravenna is surrounded by opportunities for higher learning. The ever-expanding nearby Kent State University is one of the largest Universities in the State University System. Hiram College located in northern Portage County is a private liberal arts college founded in 1850. The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is 10 minutes south of Ravenna in beautiful Rootstown, Ohio. Northcoast Medical Training Academy is located 10 minutes west in Kent, Ohio. So no matter what career you are pursuing there's certain to be a facility that meets your needs close by.