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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.

 Interested in site selection or doing business downtown? Please contact Kimberly Beckett at

Visit the Greater Akron Business Navigator for direct connection to business resources in Summit County.

The application for this program is now closed. 


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!