Special Improvement District

2015-2019 Services Plan
Services Plans for 2005-2009 and 2010-2014 available upon request


2014-2015 SID Annual Report
Previous year's annual reports for the SID available upon request

Special Improvement District (SID)

Under a management agreement, the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) administers the Services Plan for the Downtown Akron Special Improvement District, Inc (SID).

The SID is a private, not-for profit organization through which property owners assess themselves to provide funding for district-wide marketing and promotion, business resources, physical environment enhancement services, safety, residential and parking programs, as well as advocacy services.


   *Downtown Akron Special Improvement District

SID Success at a Glance

  • More than $1 billion has been invested in the Downtown footprint in the past 15 years
  • Since 2000, county recorded property values have increased $51 million dollars
  • Downtown has drastically increased its number of visitors, hosting more than 3 million last year
  • Income tax collections within the SID footprint have risen more than 141% since 1991; 25% since 2000
  • Nearly 30,000 people work Downtown. Since 2002, we have seen an increase of 3,000 jobs
  • In a Toledo Blade article, Down but not Out. The downtowns of Ohio’s cities tell a story of plight and promise by Gary T. Pakulski, Akron was cited as the only major Ohio Downtown whose workforce grew from 2000-2005. It also had the most business growth as well
  • Since 2000, vacancy rates have decreased by almost 3%. Downtown occupancy is among the highest in the county
  • DAP has established an e-mail network of more than 10,000 people to share information bi-monthly
  • In conjunction with Metro Regional Transit Authority, the Downtown Ambassador program was launched in January 2009, adding 9 ambassadors on the streets, dedicated to clean and safe projects within the SID
  • First Night® Akron has hosted more than 220,000 to a clean, safe and fun Downtown New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts since its inception