New Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro looks back at Russ Pry, and ahead to November August 15, 2016

Over the weekend, the public had a chance to say goodbye to Summit County Executive Russ Pry at a memorial service in Akon. Pry died two weeks ago from colon cancer. Late last week, Summit County Democrats picked interim County Executive Ilene Shapiro to fill out the remainder of Pry’s term, which runs through the end of the year.

Read More
White House picks Akron/Summit for TechHire community August 9, 2016

The White House has selected Akron and Summit County to be part of TechHire Communities, which aims to employ 400 people in the county in tech industry by the end next year. President Barack Obama hosted the first-ever Demo Day Aug. 4 and Summit Workforce Solutions President, Sue Lacy, was on hand to represent Akron at the

Read More
Ilene Shapiro is Summit County’s first female County Executive August 6, 2016

Whether divine intervention or fate, Ilene Shapiro now thinks there’s a bigger reason she didn’t run for Akron mayor last year. Many of her supporters urged her to run, saying she’d make a great candidate and the city was ready for its first female mayor. But instead, she opted to support her friend Dan Horrigan.

Read More
For economy, aging population poses double whammy August 3, 2016

As Americans grow older, size and productivity of workforce suffer Planning to retire in the next few years? Please reconsider: The economy needs you more than you know. Economists have long expected an aging population to hamper growth for the simple reason that it means a smaller labor force. But new research has identified a

Read More
Look who’s pushing back, free traders July 16, 2016

Buried in the Quinnipiac University poll released last week was a curious set of numbers. The survey looked at the presidential race in Ohio (tied at 41 percent). It included a question about trade. Those surveyed were asked whether they strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with this statement: “I believe trade

Read More
International Institute celebrates 100th anniversary; White House visit, leadership institute among activities planned June 28, 2016

An Akron agency is turning 100 and celebrating with a visit to the White House. The International Institute of Akron will participate Wednesday in a national forum in Washington, D.C., that will bring together agencies across the country that serve immigrants. The agency is one of 18 in the United States selected to participate in

Read More
Young people worry about poverty, inequality; older about jobs June 26, 2016

The economy. It’s what Ohioans most often say when asked what troubles them. But what they mean when they say “the economy” requires asking when they were born and how life’s been since they began working. Ohioans, like most Americans, have fractured views of how to strengthen the fragile economic recovery of the past eight

Read More
Think about it: ‘test’ is a four-letter word May 18, 2016

I hate taking tests — always have. Especially math tests — even worse when they’re timed. During my brief stint as a college student (and even less time as a hopeful accounting major) I took a course called University Math. Six weeks of algebra, six more of geometry, six weeks of calculus and six weeks

Read More
Stark State lands in the city

When the Greater Ohio Policy Center released its 62.4 report in February, it recommended that the city of Akron adopt a “downtown first” strategy for economic development. It did so knowing that successful cities and regions have strong downtowns. Akron has made much progress at its core, yet downtown faces big challenges and needs to

Read More
Twinsburg Public Library offers unique job search tool May 17, 2016

TalentNEO, a pilot program operating in Summit and Cuyahoga County, is matching prospective employees with employers through skill-based testing, according to Michelle Collins, project manager for ConxusNEO, formerly Summit Workforce Solutions. And the Twinsburg Public Library is now one of seven official Summit County testing sites, and the only one outside Akron. The tests are taken on

Read More