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Akron Getting New Approach to Economic Development

Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

Soul-searching and hard data are behind a plan to raise the economy in Akron and surrounding communities. That strategy, called “Elevate Akron — Embracing The New Fundamentals,” will be discussed publicly today at a special Akron Roundtable luncheon at Quaker Station. 

The research behind the plan paints a picture of a stagnant but not distressed Akron economy.  But one major finding says Akron’s black population is excluded from economic opportunity and ranks among the nation’s worst in terms of unemployment and decline in earnings. The process that led to that finding and others began more than a year ago, sparked in part by leadership changes in local government and in the private sector.  Click here to read more.
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