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New Book Celebrates Greater Akron


Publication Will Assist Economic Development

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 12-12-2013

           Akron, Ohio (December 12, 2013) - Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic today announced the release of a new book that will be a tool for the City’s economic development staff to tell the world about Greater Akron’s business history and success.

          Inventive.Industrious.Inspired: The Story of Greater Akronis a 4-color hardbound publication sponsored by the Greater Akron Chamber and the City of Akron. In addition to its narrative and photographs, the book features 40 businesses and institutional profiles that showcase the products and services that Akron is known for around the globe.

          The book, issued by Cherbo Publishing of California, was authored by Dave Lieberth, a former Deputy Mayor, lawyer, journalist and historian.

          “Dave’s knowledge of Akron’s history, his work experiences, and his devotion to the region, make him the perfect author for a book of this nature,” said Plusquellic.  “Not only will our economic development team be able to use it as a recruiting tool, but it will make a good holiday gift for people who are proud of our community.”

          The handsome four-color book chronicles the region’s leadership in innovation, technology, and manufacturing, and celebrates the Akron area’s wealth of cultural and recreational offerings that make the region the location of choice for businesses and industry.

          Greater Akron Chamber president Dan Colantone says the publication will be a particularly useful tool to tell the Greater Akron story at international trade shows that the Chamber attends with city and county economic development teams.

          The book’s publication was launched this week at the Chamber’s annual shareholders’ meeting. The only retail sale of the book will be through the Summit County Historical Society, which will receive all proceeds of local sales. It may also be purchased from online retailer Amazon.

          To complement the print product and ensure global distribution, the publication will also be available as a fully searchable, interactive e-book.

          The story of Greater Akron is the story of the renaissance of a great American city from a canal town to a global center of biomedical engineering,

          Brookings Institution called Akron as one of America’s leading “legacy” cities, having leveraged its dominance in the tire and rubber industry to evolve into a center of research and advanced manufacturing in polymers, plastics, composites and metals.

          The seeds for the region’s future were planted in 1909 when the first class taught anywhere in the world on the subject of “rubber chemistry” was offered at the University of Akron. Today, UA is the nation's largest center of polymer education, and the only Ohio university to have an engineering program ranked in the top five nationally.

          More than 150 Fortune 500 companies have facilities in Greater Akron, one of the world’s leading centers of polymer research and advanced manufacturing.

          Akron is the gateway to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the tenth “most visited” park among 59 national parks. The towpath of the Ohio & Erie Canal brings 2 million hikers and cyclists to the trail each year.

          Inventive.Industrious.Inspired: The Story of Greater Akron provides a new look at Akron. It is a time capsule of its history and a chronicle of the events that have made the community one of America’s leading regions for new industry.

About the Author

          Dave Lieberth served as Deputy Mayor of Akron for ten years and has had a life-long interest in the community as a journalist, lawyer, historian and civic activist. He was instrumental in the success of Downtown Akron and helped develop the city’s entertainment venues at Lock 3 and Lock 4. He remains the city’s coordinator of summer arts programs that include the free performances of the Heinz Poll Dance Festival and Akron Symphony concerts.

          Dave is a founder of Leadership Akron. He chaired Akron’s 175th anniversary celebration in 2000 and led the city’s long-term visioning plan, Imagine.Akron:2025. He wrote and produced the presentations to the National Civic League in 1995 and 2008 that gained Akron two designations as an All America City.


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

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