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The Greater Akron Chamber And The City Of Akron Received A Silver Excellence In Economic Development Award


City of Akron Press Release

From the desk of Stephanie York

Published: 10-11-2013


Akron, Ohio (October 11, 2013) - The City of Akron received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of Special Purpose Website ( for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).


The honor was presented to Akron Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Bob Bowman and Akron Development Manager Adele Roth at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 6-9, in Philadelphia, PA.


“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognizes the City of Akron as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities. This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for The City of Akron’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”


Also, The Greater Akron Chamber and the City of Akron received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of Real Estate Redevelopment & Reuse for communities with populations of 25,000 - 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).


The Akron Biomedical Corridor is the brainchild of Akron’s Mayor Don Plusquellic. His vision is that the Akron Biomedical Corridor will become a globally recognized leader in patient care, medical education, biomedical research, and the commercialization of innovative biomedical technologies, products and services. Its mission is to leverage Greater Akron’s current institutional and commercial strengths in healthcare, higher education and research by creating a platform for meaningful regional cooperation that spurs economic growth, the creation of wealth, and a better standard of living for our city and region.

Its primary strategies are: to capitalize on the area’s foundation clusters (polymers, metalworking, industrial controls and electronics) by focusing on biomaterials/advanced materials as they relate to orthopedics, wound healing, medical devices and medical IT; develop strategic international technology bridges to attract innovative companies, technologies and talent; and, to globally promote the Corridor and its assets through various media. The Akron Biomedical Corridor contracted with Whitespace Creative of Akron ( to develop its marketing materials and website.


IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.



About the International Economic Development Council


The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.




For further information, contact:

Stephanie York

Communications Director

Phone: 330-375-2345

E-mail: [email protected]


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