Through this work, we seek to transform the culture of economic development to expand opportunity for all residents and position the Akron region on a new trajectory in an era of rapid global change.

To do this we will create shared prosperity, make smart investments in the future economy, and focus our attention on proven economic development strategies.

This strategic plan is the product of the first-ever partnership between four entities – the City of Akron, County of Summit, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, and GAR Foundation – that came together in 2017 to create a transformative, high functioning, and collaborative economic development system for the region, starting with a focus on the City of Akron.