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May 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

Akron Zoo to Offer Several Upcoming Discounts
October 28, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Dedicates Akron’s First Pickleball Courts at Waters Park
October 27, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Release of 2020 Hey Akron Magazine
October 27, 2020

Make a Day of It on Main this Saturday
October 22, 2020

The Western Reserve Community Fund and Akron Urban League announced first participants for Minority Contractor Capital Access Program (MCCAP)
October 22, 2020

Akron Celebrates Completion of Main Street Corridor Project with a Virtual Ribbon Cutting
October 15, 2020

The City of Akron and the Western Reserve Community Fund Launch the Akron Resiliency Fund for Small Businesses
October 14, 2020

Harvest Mart Will Bring Fresh Food and Handmade Goods to Lock 3
October 14, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Issues Reminder Regarding Policies and Procedures
October 13, 2020

Akron/Summit CVB Captures Ohio Travel Association’s 2020 Ruby Award
October 13, 2020

The Development Finance Authority Welcomes Tracy Dowe, New Board Member and Recognizes Former Board Member Joe Dancy for 20 Years of Service
October 6, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Update on Rubber Worker Statue and Commemorative Bricks
October 6, 2020

Local Startups to Be Featured at Second Annual Bounce Innovation Hub Startup Showcase
October 6, 2020

Private Movie Nights Are Back at the Civic!
October 1, 2020

September 2020

Akron Zoo to Host New Halloween Event
September 30, 2020

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan Announces Final Pavement Work is Complete for Main Street Phase I
September 30, 2020

Grown-Up Play Date Fundraiser to benefit Akron Children's Museum
September 29, 2020

METRO RTA Recognized with Certificate of Merit for its Security Efforts by the American Public Transportation Association.
September 29, 2020

City of Akron Leaf Removal Begins November 2
September 28, 2020

Downtown Akron Partnership Plans to Evolve with Reception of a Major Grant from Knight Foundation
September 24, 2020

Keeping Arts Alive Auction Set for Oct. 1 - 4 to Benefit Summit Artspace
September 23, 2020

RubberDucks to Host Safe, Socially-Distanced Watch Party for St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. Archbishop Hoban Football Game Sept. 25
September 22, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Now Accepting Applications for the Newly-Created Contract Compliance and Supplier Diversity Officer Position
September 22, 2020

MORTAR Program in Full Swing at Bounce Innovation Hub
September 22, 2020

Downtown Akron Partnership Distributes $100,000 in COVID-19 Recovery Grant Money to Downtown Akron Businesses
September 18, 2020

Akron Executive Airport Receives Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Grant
September 17, 2020

Evelyn's Serves Coffee, Sandwiches and Comfort in Downtown Akron
September 16, 2020

Akron Civic Theatre to Bring Internationally Renowned Artists to Create Two Large Scale Murals and More
September 15, 2020

METRO RTA to Present Draft of 10-Year Strategic Plan Through a Series of Public Webinars; Seeks Feedback from the Community
September 15, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Updates to City of Akron Recreation and Parks Programming and Facilities
September 15, 2020

Sunday Edition of “Swing For Your Swag” at Canal Park Slated for Sept. 20th
September 14, 2020

City of Akron Announces Low-Interest Loan Awarded to Sanitary Sewer Reconstruction Project
September 11, 2020

Black Panther to Headline Second Movie Night at Canal Park Sept. 18, Benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital
September 11, 2020

Take a Load Off: DAP Adds New Public Seating to Northside Green
September 10, 2020

Ribbon Cutting for Akron Municipal Court’s Little Free Library to Take Place Friday, September 18
September 10, 2020

City of Akron Hosting Neighborhood Census Events to Encourage an Accurate and Complete Count of Akron Residents in Final Days of 2020 Census
September 10, 2020

Leadership Akron Celebrates Read Family Difference Maker Award Recipients
September 10, 2020

Summit Choral Society – New, Innovative Music Programming
September 9, 2020

City of Akron Announces Pending Completion of Main Street Phase I
September 4, 2020

City of Akron and The University of Akron Partner with Spin to Bring Dockless Scooter-Share Services to Akron
September 4, 2020

METRO RTA to Launch METRO Connect, a New Pilot Program Serving Designated Areas Within Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, and Tallmadge
September 3, 2020

City of Akron Offices Closed for Business on Monday, September 7th in Observance of Labor Day
September 2, 2020

Akron Symphony Orchestra's Interlude Season Continues at St. Vincent-St. Mary You-Pick Flower Garden
September 2, 2020

Movie Night on The Field Returns Sept. 5, Presented by Stark State College, Union Home Mortgage, and Bober Markey Fedorovich
September 2, 2020

Public Invited to Submit Entries for Park District’s Annual Amateur Photography Exhibit
September 1, 2020

METRO RTA Offers Free Rides to Akron-Summit County Public Library Cardholders the First Thursday of Every Month.
September 1, 2020

August 2020

UA Theatre Holds Virtual Auditions for Woolf’s “The Waves”
August 31, 2020

Side Quests - Akron Discoveries
August 28, 2020

Akron Zoo Elects First Woman as Chair of Board of Directors
August 27, 2020

Mayor Horrigan and Full-Term First Birthday Akron, Infant Vitality Collaborative, to Host Two Drive-Thru Community Baby Showers
August 26, 2020

Mayor Horrigan and County Executive Shapiro Make Final Push to Count Residents in Last Six Weeks of 2020 Census
August 26, 2020

Akron Zoo and Akron Public Schools Partner to Offer Backpack Adventure Event
August 26, 2020

DAP Kicks Off Concerts in the Commons with a New EarthQuaker Device
August 24, 2020

Second “Swing for Your Swag” Night Presented by AtNetPlus Set for August 28
August 21, 2020

METRO RTA Announces Service Change Beginning August 23rd.
August 20, 2020

New Shows at Summit Artspace on East Market Commemorate and Celebrate Women, Their Art, Spirit, Abilities and Accomplishments
August 20, 2020

Chamber Announces 2020 30 for the Future Recipients
August 20, 2020

Mayor Horrigan and Council President Sommerville Unveil City of Akron Racial Equity and Social Justice Taskforce
August 20, 2020

Leadership Akron Announces Diversity on Board Class 5
August 18, 2020

City of Akron and Keep Akron Beautiful Complete the Second Round of the Recycle Right Campaign
August 17, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable to Receive Award from the Final Farewell Project
August 13, 2020

Downtown Akron Partnership Announces COVID-19 Recovery Grant for Eligible Downtown Businesses
August 11, 2020

Akron Partners With Colu to Launch Akronite App to Support Small Business Recovery from COVID-19
August 10, 2020

Akron Zoo to Host Wild for Wine Event
August 10, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Announces Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response
August 6, 2020

Akron Zoo to Offer Summit County Community Appreciation Days
August 6, 2020

Akron Art Museum Announces Transformation Plan
August 5, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Issues Request for Proposals for New Residential Development on Theiss Road
August 3, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Administrator Named to Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors
August 3, 2020

All-Akron Student Engineering Program to Host Virtual Closing Ceremony to Honor Participants
August 3, 2020

July 2020

Board of Park Commissioners Meets August 11
July 29, 2020

DFA Welcomes New Community Development Program Officer
July 29, 2020

Summit County Public Health, Full Term First Birthday, and the Summit County Medical Examiner Urge Parents and Guardians to Follow Safe Sleep Tips for Infants
July 29, 2020

Staying Safe—Together! Akron-Summit County Public Library Reopens
July 29, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Designates Off-Site Location for Jury Trials
July 29, 2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan Reports Record Low Lead Levels in City of Akron Drinking Water
July 27, 2020

“Swing for Your Swag” Event Set for July 24 at Canal Park
July 22, 2020

Collaboration Among Social Service, Education, and Arts Organizations Brings Creativity Through Fully Inclusive Digital Classes
July 21, 2020

Akron City Council – Reimagining Public Safety
July 17, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Opens Applications for Fourth Annual Mayor’s Citizens Institute
July 16, 2020

Leadership Akron Announces Additions to Board of Directors
July 15, 2020

City of Akron Passes Local Face Covering Mandate
July 14, 2020