Our Plan

The Research

The research behind the Elevate Greater Akron plan was conducted by outside consultants in order to ensure the process and content were impartial and neutral. The consultants not only collected extensive market research but also conducted interviews to gain a more personalized view into the operations of our regional economy.

Elevate Greater Akron 2.0

Every two years, the Elevate Greater Akron plan undergoes an evaluation of its accomplishments and a reflection of what changes need to be made. Launched in January 2021, Elevate Greater Akron 2.0 encompasses the same five strategies as the initial plan, adjusted to meet the needs of the current economy. The core partners will continue to focus on key initiatives that drive the strategic goals forward.

The Findings

Our research yielded eight key findings that drive the recommended strategies in the plan. The key findings from the initial report include:

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The Strategies

The eight key findings were shaped into five strategies that make up Elevate Greater Akron. These strategies are focused on doubling down on what we know works. They were designed to create an economy where everyone can participate and prosper, while also leveraging our assets to drive growth and competitiveness for companies at all sizes and stages. Read more about each strategy below.

Opportunity
Akron

An intentional focus on the
Black population, to ensure they
are positioned to engage in,
and share in the benefits of,
the regional economy.

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Spark
Akron

Position Greater Akron to be an entrepreneurial hub by strengthening the existing pieces of the ecosystem, identifying and filling ecosystem gaps, and ensuring entrepreneurs are equipped with resources they need to grow.

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New Business Retention
and Expansion

Support the recovery and growth of businesses through a comprehensive approach that includes targeted outreach, resources to assist businesses coming for help, and focused strategy around site selection to ensure optimal opportunity.

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Refocus on
Downtown Akron

Prioritize downtown revitalization and development to support the growth of a vibrant business and residential community.

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LEAD
Greater Akron

Provide support, visibility, and accountability for the activities and initiatives of Elevate Greater Akron.

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Opportunity
Akron

An intentional focus on the Black population, to ensure they are positioned to engage in, and share in the benefits of, the regional economy.

2873 - Connected Users I
Spark
Akron

Position Greater Akron to be an entrepreneurial hub by strengthening the existing pieces of the ecosystem, identifying, and filling ecosystem gaps, and ensuring entrepreneurs are equipped with the resources they need to grow.

2922 - Business Launch
New Business Retention
and Expansion

Support the recovery and growth of businesses through a comprehensive approach that includes targeted outreach, resources to assist businesses coming for help, and focused strategy around site selection to ensure optimal opportunity.

2901 - Client Meetup
Refocus on Downtown Akron

Prioritize downtown revitalization and development to support the growth of a vibrant business and residential community

424.S2 - Building
LEAD Greater Akron

Provide support, visibility, and accountability for the activities and initiatives of Elevate Greater Akron.

2911 - Bar Chart