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Greater Akron Chamber Unveils Inclusive Economic Development Strategy

Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

The Greater Akron Chamber has a new strategy to help grow the regional economy as well as the organization.  The “strategy blueprint” was unveiled Thursday night before about 900 people at the chamber’s 112th annual meeting at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

The blueprint reflects the changes taking place in the area as well as in the chamber’s mission to help local businesses, Steve Millard, who nine months ago became the organization’s president and chief executive officer, said prior to the meeting.  “We are laying the foundation for the work we need to do,” Millard said. “We can’t wait to write a perfect plan. You need flexibility in everything you are doing.”

This new chamber initiative succeeds its previous Advance Greater Akron program. The plan incorporates significant parts of the “Elevate Greater Akron” program that the Chamber, Akron and Summit County governments developed last year to help the region grow, thrive and include all residents in economic opportunities.

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