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InterCity Leadership Visit 2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Brynn Allio Popa

Greater Akron Chamber Facilitates Delegation of Leaders to Visit Grand Rapids, Michigan


In late October, more than 40 of our community’s civic, non-profit and corporate leaders embarked on a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan to see how the city has come together, mobilized resources for the common good and spurred economic development in a big and meaningful way. The three-day trip was packed from morning until night with presentations by local government, the local airport, the City’s private economic development group and many others. Our travelers also had some time to learn about each other, their businesses and pursuits and how best to move forward together as a group of leaders that has the ability to positively impact our community and region in so many ways. 

The group witnessed first-hand “The Grand Rapids’ Success Story” especially in relation to its work to supporting entrepreneurship at all levels, driving economic inclusion and making it a reality, boosting workforce development, becoming a leader in the arts through its “Arts Prize” initiative and spurring mid-west urban redevelopment regionally. We learned valuable lessons on each and every aspect and are now bringing those lessons home for the Greater Akron Chamber, our members, and our region.  Many of the trip’s participants gathered again on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, to debrief about the trip, lessons learned and what we can do locally in the short, medium and long term to make our region the best it can be.

This year’s InterCity Leadership Visit to Grand Rapids focused on five areas, all of which can help us move our newly adopted economic development plan “Elevate Greater Akron” forward: 

1.    Opportunity and Inclusion
2.    Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) 
3.    Entrepreneurship, Startups, and Innovation 
4.    Downtown Revitalization 
5.    Workforce Development & Education 

Marc Merklin, Managing Partner at Brouse McDowell and board chair of the Greater Akron Chamber, reflected on the solidarity of the trip, “In addition to what we learned in Michigan about the Grand Rapids community and expertise that we can utilize in our own community, the chance to spend several days away from Akron with our own community members looking at these issues together helped create and foster some of the relationships that I think will serve us well in advancing our Elevate Greater Akron strategies. It reminded me how collaborative and cooperative our own community has been and how the relationships we have created through this process of the Chamber’s Blueprint and the Elevate Greater Akron strategy can lead us to success by continuing to foster those relationships and building upon our success.” 

Doug Weintraub, Chief Executive Officer of Bounce Innovation Hub, moderated a panel discussion around Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He provided his perspective on the impactful discussion, “Continued growth of the collisions of startups, small entities and large corporations can mean growth of ideas and funding. Providing the funding mechanisms for startups can lead to future growth and expansion of the startup community similar to what is used in Grand Rapids. Having a chance to view this up close and personal allows a view of what truly can be.”

Nicole Mullet, Executive Director of ArtsNow, led a panel discussion around The Arts & Grand Rapids. Nicole shared her experience, “Grand Rapids answered a question and found a civic solution, by leveraging the arts. They wanted to activate their downtown and looked to (and substantially invested in) the arts to create the future of the city. Given that in 2017, a bi-annually art competition called ArtPrize generated $33 million in net, new economic impact for Grand Rapids' business community, the investment has proven itself to be extremely wise. For greater Akron, I hope we increasingly look to the arts and culture sector as problem-solvers and assets as we collectively work toward a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable region.”

Since the Chamber launched the ICLV program in 2011, there has been a wave of changes in our city. This includes city, county and council administration; executive leadership at top companies and foundations; new presidents at our public research universities; new grassroots efforts to improve communities and the arts; improvements in infrastructure and downtown development—and more. The Greater Akron community’s journey to success will always rely greatly on not only the opportunity to learn from those who have forged this path before us as we continue working to enhance our efforts, but also our community’s ability to come together and effectuate positive, meaningful and transformation change for our residents, businesses and philanthropies. Together, anything is possible. If you would like to know more or how you can participate in any of these initiatives, please email [email protected].

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Brynn Allio Popa | with 52 comments


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