Akron, Ohio, August 24, 2021 — Akron’s Firestone Stadium has a rich history of hosting world class softball tournaments and community events. Dedicated in 1925 by Harvey Firestone, it was owned and operated by the Firestone Company until it was donated to the City of Akron in 1988. Today, the City of Akron is announcing that it will once again be managing operations at the Firestone Stadium directly, and will no longer utilize a third party operator.
Akron, Ohio, July 21, 2021—Mayor Dan Horrigan has announced that the 42nd annual Akron Art Expo will take place this weekend in Hardesty Park. This year’s Akron Art Expo, sponsored by the City of Akron, will feature over 100 juried artists from across the country, as well as food, drinks, and live musical performances. More information about this free, much-loved community event is available at www.akronartexpo.com.
Akron, Ohio, June 21, 2021 — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan made the following statement regarding the City’s search for a new Chief of Police:. “This morning, Eric Hawkins withdrew his name from consideration for the position of Chief of the Akron Police Department. I greatly appreciated getting to know Chief Hawkins through this search, and for the thoughtful way he engaged with us and the Akron community. I have deep respect for his decision to remain in his current position in Albany and I wish him the best in the next stage of his distinguished career.”
Director of Human Resources, Donald Rice, retiring and succeeded by Yamini Adkins. Akron, Ohio, April 8, 2021 — Mayor Horrigan announced today that effective May 22, 2021 Donald Rice, Director of Human Resources, is retiring from the City of Akron after a nearly 39 year career in public service. In 2016, Rice was appointed by Mayor Horrigan as the first Director of Human Resources in the City of Akron. During Rice’s tenure, the department has undergone transformational change, including the reorganization of the existing Personnel Department into the current Department of Human Resources, as approved by the City of Akron voters as a charter change in 2016. In addition, Rice expanded an Employee Benefits position, rebranded and launched the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, updated and expanded employee training and continuing education, lead efforts to further diversify the city workforce, and helped oversee the implementation of new citywide HR and finance software. Most notably, the department also made a concerted effort to revise outdated Human Resources policies and procedures which resulted in six more charter changes approved by voters in 2019.
Akron Parks Collaborative asks Akron residents to imagine their dream parks and submit ideas for updates that could be funded with up to $100,000—with a virtual event FAQ happening on April 7, 2021. Akron, Ohio – March 31, 2021 – Beginning April 1, 2021, Akron Parks Collaborative is asking Akron...
The City of Akron Nominates Projects for Funding through the Ohio EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF)
Akron, Ohio, March 10, 2021 — The City of Akron has nominated several projects for funding through the Ohio EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) for 2021. Akron has requested approximately $268,914,400 from the Ohio EPA WPCLF for these projects. The currently programmed user rates will not change due to these projects.
Lighter Than Air (LTA) Research to expand research, development, and manufacturing of airships in Akron. Akron, Ohio, March 8, 2021 — Nearly 100 years after the first rigid airship was built in Akron, LTA Research, an aerospace research and development company, is renewing research and investment into airship aviation technology in Akron. LTA has entered into an agreement with The Development Finance Authority (DFA) of Summit County to sublease space at the Akron Airdock to house manufacturing and flight operations. LTA Research is a company focused on the research and development of 21st century piloted and unpiloted airships. This significant work has the potential to provide multiple benefits, including an innovative approach to delivering humanitarian aid, the reduction of carbon emissions normally associated with aircraft, and growth for local economies. The agreement represents LTA’s long-term commitment to Akron, the birthplace of airship technology.
AKRON, Ohio (Friday, September 4, 2020) – Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan today announce a continuation of an ongoing collaboration with U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman in intercepting gun violence and illegal gun possession in Akron and Summit County. Today’s announcement emphasizes the successful long-term...