Start Downtown

Start Downtown is a 6-month program providing site selection assistance, rent subsidies and marketing support to qualifying new and expanding business locating in retail or office space in the downtown Akron 42-block Special Improvement District.

With the support of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the program is managed by Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) and led by DAP Director of Business Relations, Kimberly Beckett.

At this time, Downtown Akron Partnership is NOT accepting applications for the Start Downtown program.

Any updates on the program will be posted here. Interested in site selection? Please contact Kimberly Beckett at



Timeline - Please be sure to check back for updates.


Burton D. Morgan Foundation


Read the Start Downtown press release.



How we help:

Business Services   Downtown Akron Commercial Real Estate   Downtown Akron Vision & Redevelopment   Elevate Greater Akron   Making It Happen


Interested in locating your business downtown?

Contact Kimberly Beckett today!