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April 2020 CareWorks Comp Workers' Comp and Unemployment COVID-19 Update

4/7/2020

CareWorks Comp is acutely aware that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is an escalating global health concern. In light of this, clients will need their support more than ever in meeting the needs of their employees. CareWorks Comp also recognizes that a widespread outbreak could place increased demands on their capacity to meet those needs. They are fully committed to maintaining all services critical to the welfare of their clients and their employees. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to provide the most timely and thorough information to all of their clients, they have included both public and private employer updates in one newsletter linked below . Please note that some of this information will not apply to you if you are a public employer.

Professional, Reliable Operator Training by Valley Industrial Trucks

4/2/2020

OSHA requires forklift operator training for anyone that might operate a forklift. This extends beyond your normal operators to include anyone that might simply have to start a forklift for any reason. This could include managers, truck drivers etc... OSHA also requires: "All operator training and evaluation shall be conducted by persons who have the knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence."

METRO RTA Announces Free Fares Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3/16/2020

*UPDATE AS OF 4/5/2020 - Metro RTA Cutting Some Service in Akron; Pandemic Affecting Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown Transit* METRO Regional Transit Authority is offering free fares for all services, including line-service, SCAT, Call-A-Bus, and Northcoast Express, beginning Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. “These are challenging times for everyone,” said METRO Executive Director Dawn Distler. “By offering free fares, we hope to alleviate the financial burden so many folks are unexpectedly faced with in the communities we proudly serve. We also hope this assists with the distancing challenges our bur operators face when interacting with passengers during their trips.” METRO will continue providing service, but passengers are being encouraged to stay home if their trip is not medically or otherwise necessary. All passengers are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of germs, including washing hands often and avoiding close physical contact.

Valley Industrial Trucks Are Hiring

3/10/2020

Our employees are rewarded with first–class compensation including a competitive wage, paid vacations, paid holidays, health insurance, retirement plans, paid training, company vehicles and a signing bonus when applicable.

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Akron, Canton Working Together Helps Both

10/5/2019

Individually, the Greater Akron and Greater Canton regions are wonderful places to live and work. We’re home to great companies, hardworking, smart people and a diverse economy that has industrial roots and 21st century possibilities. In recent months, we have been talking about how much better the stories of both communities could be if we took more opportunities to tell them together. With more than 1.2 million people in our combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas, we share a number of related and connected assets, like the Akron-Canton Airport, the I-77 Corridor, plastics and petrochemical opportunities, a national park and trail system and several unique visitor attractions. We also share unique institutions that serve the region seamlessly, like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, NEOMED, Stark State College’s Akron, Canton and Jackson Township locations, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron and North Canton.

Benefits of Inclusion and Diversity Topic of Akron Summit

9/12/2019

Inclusion and diversity make for good business and a strong economy, says the Elevate Greater Akron initiative. A summit Thursday morning at Quaker Station in downtown Akron will make the case to local leaders that, among other things, employers of all sizes need to be more inclusive in their hiring and sourcing. A top goal is to strengthen and tap the talents of the region’s largely economically excluded black population. And that means a lot of people, and businesses, will need to get out of their comfort zones, organizers say.

Smithers Group Moving Headquarters to Downtown Akron

8/30/2019

The former home of a struggling nonprofit medical research and development center is slated to become the new multimillion-dollar world headquarters of an Akron company.  Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro made the announcement during her third State of the County address at the John S. Knight Center on Thursday, during which she also discussed improvements at the Summit County Jail.  Shapiro said legislation will be introduced at the first Summit County Council meeting in September to redevelop the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron campus at 47 N. Main St. into a new $16.9 million world headquarters and research and development facility for The Smithers Group.  

Summit, Stark Leaders Adopt ‘Metroplex’ Label to Market Region

8/19/2019

When it comes to attracting the businesses, investment dollars and opportunities leading to the economic development that can reshape a city or entire county, the path to success often boils down to one key number.  As state Sen. Kirk Schuring succinctly put it Friday, “Population is power.” With that in mind, Schuring and a group of prominent government and business leaders from Stark and Summit counties have been meeting for several months to craft ways to market the region more effectively and with more frequent positive results. Looking to capitalize on the assets this area can offer to prospective partners, the group agreed formally Friday to adopt and use a new moniker: Akron-Canton Metroplex.  

Akron Developer Builds on Downtown Arts & Entertainment

8/14/2019

A local developer is looking to attract businesses and tenants with a new deli, bakery and health foods store, a medical marijuana dispensary (which will open later than scheduled due to construction-related water damage), a rooftop bar and up to 30 more loft apartments in Akron’s downtown arts and entertainment district.

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Alzheimer's Assoc. Greater East Ohio Area Chapter Holds "Longest Day Kickoff Party" on Feb. 13

1/7/2020

Help us kick off The Longest Day® 2020!  Join past and prospective teams in support of the Alzheimer's Association to celebrate last year's success and kick off this year's events! Heavy appetizers will be served. Happy hour drinks will be available for purchase. The Longest Day® is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On June 20, thousands of participants from across the world will stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice to raise awareness and funds in support of Alzheimer's care, support and research.  RSVP to [email protected].

IBH Addiction Recovery Center 50th Anniversary Gala on Apr. 30

12/18/2019

This event will celebrate 50 years of saving people’s lives! The Restoring Hope Award will be presented to the County of Summit ADM Board for their many years of support to IBH Addiction Recovery Center. Timothy and Aleta Killian and Dan and Sherida Pohl are serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Gala as they have been champions for IBH Addiction Recovery Center supporting us with their time, talents, and treasures. If you have any questions or would like further information about IBH Addiction Recovery Services, please contact Joann Magestro, Development and Community Relations Director, at (330) 644-4095, ext. 306 or [email protected].

Summit Brew Path Holiday Knock-Out Tour Hosted by Life Is Good No Matter What on Dec. 14

11/11/2019

Complete your Summit Brew Path passport just in time to meet the December 15 deadline while supporting the mission of Life is Good No Matter What. Guests will meet at a central location (parking garage in downtown Akron, Ohio) and celebrate life today with tastings, give-a-ways, making new friends, and enjoying every stop along the way.

Guests will be transported to each of the 22 Official Brew Path stops to receive a free 2-ounce sample in their comemorative glass (44 ounces total!), stamp their passport and make any additional purchases to commemorate their experience. Each of the 22 stops will conclude after 20 minutes, for a total of 7.5 hours of craft beer adventure.

Tickets are $100 donation each with a limit of 50, first-come, first-served. Each ticket includes: charter transportation to all official brewery stops, commemorative Life is Good No Matter What 2-ounce tasting glass, 64-ounce stainless steel growler, a 2-ounce sample at each of the 22 breweries (44 ounces total!), and an official Summit Brew Path completion form. All paid guests will receive detailed information regarding parking, transportation, logistics and stuff that is fun. All proceeds support the mission of Life is Good No Matter What, a 501(C)-3 Non-Profit Organization.

4th Annual "Get Linked" Diversity Business Mixer on Dec. 5

11/6/2019

You and a guest are invited to attend the Summit Magazine/BlackPages Ohio Diversity Business Mixer.  This special event will also honor our sponsors and committee members who were involved in the 5th Annual Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo.

The “Diversity Business Mixer” provides the opportunity for small business owners and corporations to meet, network, and promote their services. The wide array of businesses and industries provides unique business-to-business collaborations and connections.

Kim’s College of Martial Arts to Host 40th Annual Peacemakers Charity Exhibition on Nov. 9

11/1/2019

This year, the exhibition features a board-breaking “Break-a-thon,” which will support Life Is Good No Matter What™ (LIGNMW), a charity serving cancer patients throughout Northeast Ohio. Over the past eight years, this event has raised nearly $100,000 for Northeast Ohio and Medina charities. Open to the public, this event will also include raffle prizes and a bake sale. Business sponsorships and charitable donations are still being accepted.  Contact Nichole Grambo at [email protected] with any questions.

Akron Zoo to host Ghost Tours on Oct. 31

10/21/2019

The Akron Zoo is hosting the second annual Ghost Tours featuring guided tours of the zoo, led in partnership with Team Spectre, a leading paranormal group in northeast Ohio. The guided ghost tours, which begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., will include legendary ghost stories filled with historical facts about the zoo and its ghostly residents. The event also includes up-close animal encounters. Tickets are on sale now at akronzoo.org for $15 per person. This event is for guests 10 years or older.  For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

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