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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

Walsh Jesuit, Massillon Washington Set to Face Off at Canal Park
July 14, 2020

ASO Interlude Season - Our Gift to the Community
July 13, 2020

City of Akron Establishes Public Art Program
July 9, 2020

Akron Zoo to Host Blood Drive
July 9, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Introduces Legislation to Make Face Coverings Mandatory in the City of Akron
July 9, 2020

City of Akron Outdoor Pools and Splash Pads Now Open to the Public with Health and Safety Restrictions in Place
July 6, 2020

June 2020

Archbishop Hoban, St. Vincent-St. Mary Set to Renew Rivalry at Canal Park July 11
June 30, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Makes Significant Resources Available to Akron Water and Sewer Customers In Need
June 30, 2020

2020 Akron RubberDucks Season Cancelled
June 30, 2020

City of Akron to Adopt Open and Equitable Plan for Neighborhood-Centric Public Art
June 29, 2020

City of Akron and Akron Children’s Hospital partner on “Jump into a Healthy Summer” Youth Wellness Program
June 29, 2020

Fourth on the Field Fireworks Presented by Goodyear Set for Saturday July 4
June 26, 2020

Leadership Akron Announces Signature Class 37
June 24, 2020

Summit County Public Health and Full Term First Birthday Agencies Team Up to Launch “Masks for Moms” Campaign
June 24, 2020

City of Akron and Summit DD Partner on The Akron Games “May There Always Be Summit DD”
June 23, 2020

Celebrating 5 Years, ArtsNow Announces New Board Members
June 23, 2020

City of Akron Announces First Round Winners of Rubber City Match
June 23, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Releases Summary of the City of Akron’s Ongoing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts
June 22, 2020

ArtsNow & Gener8tor Announce Emergency Response Program for Northeast Ohio Creatives
June 19, 2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan Announces Major Milestone in Downtown Tunnel Project: Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel is 100% Connected!
June 18, 2020

Mayors Announce Joint Effort to Support Public Safety Reforms
June 17, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Launches #Staysafesmp Contest to Promote Safe Summer Fun
June 16, 2020

City of Akron and Arts Partners Launch Art Blooms in Akron
June 15, 2020

City of Akron Announces Plans for Neighborhood-Based Fourth of July Fireworks
June 15, 2020

Akron Waterways Renewed! to host Virtual “Blue Heron Hangout” Educational Series
June 12, 2020

Judge Annalisa S. Williams to Receive the Kent State University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2020
June 12, 2020

Summit Lake Nature Center Takes Shape with Construction, Indoor Exhibit Work Underway
June 11, 2020

City of Akron Announces Temporary Summer Patio Permit Program
June 9, 2020

Akron Zoo to Open on June 17
June 5, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Announces Summer 2020 Covid-19 Response
June 4, 2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan Releases Procurement and Inclusion Report
June 4, 2020

17th Annual Spree for All Begins June 1 with New Virtual Option Available
June 1, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Introduces Virtual ‘Backyard Explorer’ Day Camp
June 1, 2020

City of Akron to Resume Bulk Pickup Services on June 8th
June 1, 2020

May 2020

Several Akron Municipal Court Departments to Continue Operating Remotely Through July 31
May 29, 2020

Akron Civic Theatre to offer Free LiveVirtually Master Class Edition
May 29, 2020

Akron Zoo to Hold Virtual Auction
May 29, 2020

METRO RTA Announces Service Updates Beginning June 8.
May 29, 2020

City of Akron Reveals Progress of Rubber Worker Statue Destined for Main Street Roundabout
May 28, 2020

Akron Zoo Receives Approval of Reopening Plan
May 28, 2020

City of Akron Offices Closed for Business on May 25 in Observance of Memorial Day
May 21, 2020

ArtsNow Announces Two Virtual Series to Connect Community Unable to Participate in Large Scale Activities
May 20, 2020

City of Akron Announces Alternate Programming for Summer 2020
May 20, 2020

Akron Zoo to Offer Virtual Programs
May 19, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Launches “Mow to Own” Program
May 18, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Updates to City of Akron Recreation and Parks Programming
May 18, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Changes to Safety and Streets Budget & Capital Budget
May 13, 2020