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Mayor Plusquellic to Join U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Delegation to Berlin


Trip to Honor the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 11-07-2014


Mayor to Also Attend Medica Trade Fair in Dusseldorf

          Mayor Plusquellic was invited to join the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s delegation at the City of Berlin’s official ceremony of 25 years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.  Events will be held throughout the weekend, and speakers at Berlin’s official ceremony include the Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit; the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz; President Gauck; Chancellor Merkel; and Mr. Gorbachev. 

          “I am honored to have been invited to join the U.S. delegation’s trip to Berlin to mark the 25th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall,” said Mayor Plusquellic.  “Since its historic fall, the once divided City of Berlin has become a more tolerant and inclusive city.  Without tremendous courage displayed by its people, Berlin might still be divided.  This is a great experience for me and these events must never be taken for granted, but always remembered and celebrated.  During my short time here, I also plan to reach out to, and continue to, build on the international relationships we have developed in our effort to bring jobs to Akron.”

          From Berlin, the Mayor will continue with the delegation to Prague, where the group will meet with Andrew Schapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Czech Republic. 

          From Prague, Mayor Plusquellic will then travel to Dusseldorf to join City representatives, Summit County Executive Russ Pry, City of Fairlawn Mayor Bill Roth, and University of Akron representatives, in Dusseldorf to attend the 2014 Medica Trade Fair, World Forum for Medicine. The City’s Economic Development team has scheduled over 65 meetings with European, Asian, South American, and African companies over the four-day mission.

          “Right now, we have over 15 pre-scheduled meetings a day, and we are scheduling more every day,” said Sam DeShazior, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.  “These are companies that have sought us out to see what Akron can do to help them get established in the United States market.  This is in addition to the walk-up companies that will want to meet with us after they arrive at the trade fair.”

          These missions have been very successful for Akron, noted Mayor Plusquellic, “Since we began marketing to other parts of the world, foreign companies have been moving to Akron and Northeast Ohio to open offices, construct buildings, hire employees, and to introduce their product/service to the US market.  The long-time collaborative efforts of the Greater Akron Chamber, the City of Akron, and more recently Summit County, have developed into a high-profile international marketing initiative for both inbound and outbound activity, collectively branded as Akron USA.”  

          These efforts were recently recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) when, in October, they presented The Greater Akron Chamber and the City of Akron with an Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of “Responding to Globalization” for its Akron USA international marketing initiative.


For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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