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September 2021

Akron/Summit CVB Receives Seven Star Awards
September 22, 2021

The Akron Children’s Museum Announces Reopening and new COVID-19 Safety Protocols
September 21, 2021

METRO RTA Releases the First Draft of New Bus Network
September 20, 2021

Countdown to Akron Marathon has Officially Begun for Runners and Spectators
September 17, 2021

Barry Bostwick to Host 45th The Rocky Horror Picture Show
September 13, 2021

Curated Courthouse Unveils Faces and Feelings
September 13, 2021

Akron Municipal Court to Offer Outdoor Weddings at Cascade Plaza in Downtown Akron
September 8, 2021

Summit Artspace’s Natalie Grieshammer Promoted to Director of Artist Resources
September 1, 2021

Next Brew at the Zoo is Sept. 4
September 1, 2021

August 2021

Akron Zoo Brings Back Popular Senior Event
August 27, 2021

Akron/Summit CVB Launches Phase 3 of Akron[RE]bound Campaign
August 26, 2021

Change in Ohio Law allows Name Conformity
August 23, 2021

Probate Court & Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Center present Healing Expressions
August 11, 2021

Alpha Phi Awards $7,500 in Grants
August 11, 2021

Akron Symphony Closes Out Summer Concert Series on August 15
August 10, 2021

Akron Zoo’s Wild for Wine to take place on Aug. 14
August 10, 2021

Probate Court & Summit Metro Parks offer 3rd annual Promises in the Park: A FREE Outdoor Wedding Event
August 6, 2021

City of Akron Reinstitutes Mask Policy for Employees and Visitors in City Buildings
August 6, 2021

Leadership Akron Announces Next Class 10 Participants
August 5, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Updates to Phase II of Main Street Corridor Project
August 3, 2021

Free Akron Symphony Orchestra Concert in Firestone Park
August 3, 2021

July 2021

GAR Foundation awards $380,700 in capital funding to nonprofit organizations
July 30, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Hosts National Night Out Against Crime on August 3
July 28, 2021

Tuesday Musical unveils 2021-22 Akron Concert Series
July 28, 2021

Akron City Council Welcomes Dr. Joan M. Williams as Council Chief of Staff
July 28, 2021

Development Fund of the Western Reserve Promotes New Executive Director
July 27, 2021

The East End and Akron Civic Theatre Announce Partnership to Operate and Program Goodyear Theater
July 27, 2021

Leadership Akron Announces Diversity On Board Class 6
July 27, 2021

Summit Artspace Welcomes Three New Board Members
July 23, 2021

Akron Pride Festival 2021 Soon to Arrive in Downtown Akron
July 23, 2021

City of Akron Recreation & Parks Hosting Golf Outing Fundraiser to Support New Recreation Youth Empowerment Scholarship (YES) Fund
July 22, 2021

Akron Symphony Orchestra Announces 2021-22 Season
July 22, 2021

Akron Civic Theatre’s announces launch of BOOM! Theater
July 14, 2021

City of Akron Partners with the National League of Cities to Help Build Equitable Economic Mobility for All Akron Residents
July 8, 2021

Mayor Dan Horrigan Appoints Steve Mylett as Chief of the Akron Police Department
July 8, 2021

Change in Ohio Law allows Change of Gender on Birth Records
July 6, 2021

Judge Annalisa Stubbs Williams Joins Kent State Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors
July 6, 2021

Ken Babby, Owner and CEO, Akron RubberDucks to be recognized by The Salvation Army with Community Medal Award November 4, 2021
July 1, 2021

June 2021

Cleveland Indians Assign Zach Plesac, Roberto Perez, and Franmil Reyes to Double-A Akron for Rehab Appearances
June 29, 2021

METRO RTA expands Book It On METRO program.
June 29, 2021

The City of Akron's Lock 3 Announces Partnership with NoHi Pop-Up Restaurant
June 29, 2021

City of Akron Adopts Groundbreaking Law Requiring Prompt Disclosure of Use-of-Force Videos
June 29, 2021

Akron's Lock 3 Releases Full Schedule for July Events and Concerts
June 29, 2021

Akron Civic Theatre’s “Spirits of the Civic 2021 — The Great Gatsby Gala” to celebrate completion of capital project and grand re-opening
June 28, 2021

Mayor Dan Horrigan Announces 2020 Rubber City Match Grant Recipients: Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat and SRINA Tea House
June 24, 2021

Leadership Akron Announces Signature Class 38
June 24, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Opens Applications for Fifth Annual Mayor’s Citizens Institute
June 23, 2021

Experience Downtown Living During an Open House this Saturday, June 26
June 23, 2021

Summer Exhibitions Shine at Summit Artspace
June 22, 2021

2021 Akron Marathon Race Series Presented by SUMMA HEALTH Set to Kick Off June 26
June 21, 2021

Knight Arts Challenge 2021 returns to Akron
June 21, 2021

METRO RTA to Run Holiday Bus Service July 4-6.
June 21, 2021

Summit Artspace Announces 2021 Arts Alive Recipients
June 18, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Neighborhood-Based Fourth of July Fireworks
June 16, 2021

Akron Named as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge
June 15, 2021

Juneteenth Celebrations Expand Across Akron
June 15, 2021

City of Akron Offices Reopen for In-person Services and General Public Access Beginning Today
June 15, 2021

The Akron Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage on June 19
June 14, 2021

AMERICA at the Akron Civic Theatre
June 8, 2021

Summit Choral Society: Summer Camps Registering Now
June 8, 2021

OHSAA Baseball State Tournament Brackets Set for June 10 - 12 at Canal Park
June 8, 2021

DFA Welcomes New Accounting and Asset Manager
June 8, 2021

Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron Parks Collaborative Announce 2021 Akron Parks Challenge Winners
June 3, 2021

Akron Zoo to Host First Brew at the Zoo on June 12
June 3, 2021

Downtown Akron's Lock 3 Releases Full Schedule for June Events and Concerts
June 3, 2021

City of Akron and Akron Children's Hospital Jump into a Healthy Summer
June 1, 2021

City of Akron and Partners Launch Another Round of the Recycle Right Campaign to Further Improve Curbside Recycling
June 1, 2021

Akron Symphony Announces Outside Voices Concert Series
June 1, 2021

May 2021

Akron Municipal Court Announces New Safety Plan Related to COVID-19 Threat
May 28, 2021

The Akron Civic Theatre presents The All – City Musical 2021 “The Broadway Cabaret”
May 28, 2021

Rubber City Theatre Premiers “On the Line” at Lock 3 Park in Downtown Akron
May 27, 2021

Summit County Educators Receive Grants from GAR Foundation for Classroom-Based Projects
May 27, 2021

GAR Foundation Awards More Than $1.6 Million to Akron-Area Nonprofits
May 25, 2021

Mayor Horrigan and Council President Sommerville Announce Immediate Enhancements to Police Auditor Position While the City’s Racial Justice and Social Equity Taskforce Develops Long-Term Recommendatio
May 24, 2021

Leadership Akron Announces Junior Leadership Akron Graduating Class and Award Winners
May 24, 2021

Downtown Akron Partnership Announces Summer Fitness Programs, Tours, Roller Skating and Music
May 20, 2021

The City of Akron's Lock 3 Announces Free Summer Movie Series
May 20, 2021

The University of Akron Announces the Launch of AkronArts
May 20, 2021

Summit Artspace Hosts 2021 Arts Alive Awards, Honors Artists and Arts Supporters in Akron
May 18, 2021

Akron RubberDucks to Host Games at Canal Park with Full Capacity Beginning June 2
May 18, 2021

City of Akron to Rescind Local Face Covering Mandate in accordance with Updated State and Federal Guidelines
May 17, 2021

Bounce Innovation Hub Celebrates Success with Impact Report and Announces Its New Mortar Cohort 4
May 17, 2021

The Nightlight Announces June 11 Cinema Reopening and Additional Outdoor Dates
May 14, 2021

METRO RTA to Host Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic May 21.
May 14, 2021

City of Akron Celebrates Installation of Rubber Worker Statue in Downtown Akron
May 13, 2021

Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders: Curated Storefront Christens New lobby of Akron’s Landmark Building with the Strange Magic of a Singular Artist
May 10, 2021

Summit Choral Society: DrumSing Registering Now
May 10, 2021

Akron Municipal Court and Four Local Venues Partner to Offer Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Opportunities
May 5, 2021

Akron RubberDucks To Team Up with Union Home Mortgage for All 2021 Home Games at Canal Park
May 4, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Rubber City Match Applications Open Today - May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021

April 2021

Thirty-First Annual Harold K. Stubbs Awards Dinner to Take Place Virtually Friday, April 30
April 28, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Releases the 2021 Akron Street Resurfacing List
April 28, 2021

Ohio & Erie Canalway Announces 7th Edition Towpath Companion, Redesigned for the First Time in 20 Years
April 27, 2021

City of Akron’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Taskforce Releases First Quarter Subcommittee Reports
April 27, 2021

Two Penguin Chicks Hatch at the Akron Zoo
April 27, 2021

Senior Summit to be Held May 19-20
April 23, 2021

The City of Akron Celebrates Public Green Space with Third Annual Akron Parks Week, May 10-16
April 21, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Open Applications for New Police Officers
April 20, 2021

City of Akron to Install 28 Speed Tables in Residential Neighborhoods to Reduce Speeding and Enhance Safety
April 19, 2021

Downtown Akron's Lock 3 Releases 2021 Summer Concert and Event Schedule
April 15, 2021

Akron Symphony Orchestra's 2021 Interlude Gala
April 15, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Priorities for $153M in American Rescue Plan Funding
April 15, 2021

Akron Zoo Partners with Akron Public Schools and Ohio STEM Learning Network
April 14, 2021

RubberDucks Mascot Auditions to Take Place by Appointment Ahead of 2021 Season
April 14, 2021

Akron Municipal Court Chosen as an Online Dispute Resolution Pilot Court
April 9, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Upcoming Cabinet Changes
April 8, 2021

Akron RubberDucks Set to Host Virtual Auditions for National Anthem Performers
April 8, 2021

Akron Symphony Orchestra Goes Electric with EarthQuaker Devices
April 7, 2021

5th Annual Summit Brew Path Launches April 7, 2021
April 6, 2021

March 2021

City of Akron Declares ‘Devo Day’ Ahead of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Voting
March 31, 2021

Akron Parks Challenge Opens April 1
March 31, 2021

Akron Municipal Court Receives Tangible Donations from Junior League of Akron
March 31, 2021

Akron Zoo to Launch Golden Ticket Campaign
March 30, 2021

Akron Symphony Orchestra Debuts New Podcast Series: Deep River - The Legacy of the Spirituals
March 29, 2021

City of Akron Continues Progress on Equity and Fiscal Health Strategies
March 29, 2021

Akron Civic Theatre’s All-City Musical Auditions for 2021
March 29, 2021

METRO RTA to Offer Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
March 27, 2021

April and May 2021 Virtual Concerts, Presented by the University Of Akron School of Music
March 25, 2021

ArtsNow Announces National Experts in Akron with Newly-Developed 2021 Calendar of Events
March 25, 2021

RubberDucks Now Hiring Gameday, Food & Beverage Positions for 2021 Season
March 24, 2021

Akron Zoo Successfully Completes Capital Campaign
March 18, 2021

Curated Courthouse Displays The Art of a Pandemic
March 18, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Akronite App Expanding to More Akron Neighborhoods
March 17, 2021

Akron City Council Announces Next Steps Around Reimagining Public Safety Initiative in Partnership with The University of Akron
March 15, 2021

Akron Named to List of Top Ten Metros for Minority-Owned Businesses in the U.S.
March 10, 2021

City of Akron Now Accepting Applications for Next Police Chief
March 9, 2021

Dr. Amy Acton Keynote Speaker for 2021 Women’s History Project Event
March 8, 2021

City of Akron and City of Cuyahoga Falls Announce Joint Venture to Create Master Plan for the Valley
March 5, 2021

City of Akron Renews its Electric Aggregation Program
March 4, 2021

February 2021

Leadership Akron Announces Applications Open
February 26, 2021

City of Akron Announces 2023 East Exchange Street Corridor Project
February 24, 2021

Cleveland Indians Announce Ducks’ Field Staff for 2021
February 22, 2021

Akron Municipal Court Develops New Court Security Committee
February 19, 2021

Artwork Taking to the Akron Skies
February 18, 2021

Akron Zoo to Host Inclusion Days on Feb. 27 - March 1
February 18, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Upcoming Lead Service Line Replacement Program for 2021 and 2022
February 18, 2021

MLB Announces 2021 Akron RubberDucks Schedule
February 18, 2021

AKRON CIVIC THEATRE - Capital Campaign, Public Art Project Phase II CALL FOR ARTISTS - Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists
February 17, 2021

City of Akron Issues Snow Emergency Parking Ban in Advance of Winter Storm
February 15, 2021

Akron RubberDucks Accept Invitation to Remain Indians’ Double-A Affiliate
February 12, 2021

Akron Art Museum Reopening February 18
February 12, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Upcoming Cabinet Changes
February 11, 2021

Rare Blue Lobster to Make Public Debut on Feb. 13
February 10, 2021

City Of Akron Offices Closed February 15 in Observance of Presidents’ Day
February 10, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Reveals New Online Platform Focused on Increasing Homeownership in Akron
February 10, 2021

The City of Akron Utilities Business Office Drop Box Relocating
February 9, 2021

Western Reserve Community Fund Obtains Community Development Financial Institution Certification
February 9, 2021

NCCAkron Receives $750,000 from The Knight Foundation for New Initiatives of Multi-Year Strategic Plan
February 9, 2021

Summit Choral Society: Expanded Music Education Programs
February 9, 2021

Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation Appoints New Chairman
February 9, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces Beginning of National Search for New Akron Police Chief
February 5, 2021

RubberDucks Team Up with Local Small Businesses, Akron Public Schools for Two February Community Initiatives
February 5, 2021

New Collaborative Art Project Invites All Visitors to Downtown Akron to See a Part of Themselves
February 4, 2021

Rogers Family Donates $1 Million Dollars to Lock 3 Vision Plan
February 4, 2021

Akron Zoo to Offer Free Admission on Feb. 15
February 4, 2021

DFA Announces Its New Website
February 3, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Releases Comprehensive Tree Canopy Study and Long-Term Strategy to Sustain Akron’s Urban Forest
February 2, 2021

Thirteen Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Selected for Mortar at Bounce’s Winter 2021 Cohort
February 2, 2021

January 2021

Registration open until February 8 for Inclusive Leadership Series: Taking Your Leadership To The Next Level
January 29, 2021

Akron City Council’s Public Comment Voicemail
January 28, 2021

GAR Awards $200,000 to Know COVID Program
January 26, 2021

Akron City Council Releases Reimagining Public Safety Report, Outlines Next Steps Around Public Engagement
January 25, 2021

City of Akron Offices Closed January 18 in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 14, 2021

Akron Zoo to Offer Free Admission on MLK Day
January 13, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Announces the Retirement of Adele Roth, Director of Development
January 11, 2021

Mayor Horrigan Issues Update on Rubber Worker Statue Installation
January 11, 2021

Torchbearers Announces 2021 Grant from Knight Foundation
January 6, 2021

ArtsNow Announces Artist Relief Fund to Offer Financial Support to Artists in Summit County
January 6, 2021

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan Issues Statement Against Ohio's Stand Your Ground Law
January 5, 2021

Akron Municipal Court Receives State Certification for Judge Ron Cable’s Rise Initiative
January 5, 2021

Tuesday Musical Unveils 2021 Akron Concert Series
January 4, 2021

Curated Courthouse Displays Akron Artist Danny Ratcliff
January 4, 2021

December 2020

2021 City of Akron Capital Budget Outlines $414 Million of Investments in Neighborhood Streets, Parks, Housing, Safety Facilities, Water & Sewer Infrastructure
December 30, 2020

City of Akron to Begin Roadway Work for Phase II of Main Street Corridor Project on January 4
December 29, 2020

Akron Children’s Museum, Summit Metroparks Keep Kids Moving and Learning with Adventure Backpacks
December 18, 2020

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro Encourage Liquor Permit Holders to Apply for the Ohio Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund
December 15, 2020

Turn It Up at Home: DAP, Akron Civic Theatre Partner to Present 7 Weeks of Streaming Music Performances
December 10, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Introduces Plan to Hire 12 New Police Officers Focused on Dramatically Enhancing Community Connections and Reducing Gun Violence in Akron’s Neighborhoods
December 7, 2020

The Nutcrackers Are Coming
December 3, 2020

RubberDucks Introduce Primetime Surf ’N’ Turf Meal Package Available for Pickup Monday, December 14th
December 1, 2020

Seniors Bring Meaningful Art to Life During Pandemic
December 1, 2020

November 2020

Akron Zoo to Host Trunk Show on December 3
November 24, 2020

GAR Foundation Announces Grants Totaling More Than $2.4 Million
November 23, 2020

Summit Choral Society Announces Christmas Candlelight Virtual Video
November 23, 2020

Rubberducks’ Season of Savings Kicks Off November 23 With Week of Black Friday Sales
November 20, 2020

Akron Zoo to Offer Drive-Through Tours of Wild Lights
November 20, 2020

Akron Art Museum Temporarily Closes Starting November 22nd to Support Public Health Effort
November 20, 2020

Apply Now for 2021 Ohio & Erie Canalway Strategic Initiatives Program
November 19, 2020

City of Akron Limits Private Gatherings to Prevent Continued Uncontrolled Spread of COVID-19
November 17, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Introduces Legislation to Limit Private Gatherings in the City of Akron
November 16, 2020

Lock 3 Announces New Winter Programming for 2020
November 13, 2020

The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron Receives $750,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Creative Administration Research
November 12, 2020

Akron Zoo to Host Annual Holiday Lighting Event
November 12, 2020

City Partners Unveil Age-Friendly Akron Needs Assessment
November 12, 2020

Pizza, BBQ and Sandwiches: PigOut PIZZA May Have the Perfect Combination of Your Favorite Foods
November 10, 2020

City of Akron Offices Closed For Business on Wednesday, November 11th in Observance of Veterans Day
November 9, 2020

St. Bernard Parish to Launch ‘Moving Forward in Faith’ Campaign
November 6, 2020

UA Presents Fall Dance Concert “We Dance On: A Movement Collaboration”
November 3, 2020

METRO RTA Team Members Recognized with State-Level Awards, Announce Federal Grant Funding During Awards Ceremony
November 2, 2020

October 2020

METRO Regional Transit Authority Welcomed Local Health Department Onboard to Highlight COVID-19 Safety Initiatives
October 28, 2020