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2/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Greater Akron Partnership reaches milestone

GREATER AKRON — The Greater Akron Partnership conducted a record 500 business visitations in 2012 in the tri-county region. The Greater Akron Partnership, a program of the Greater Akron Chamber, is a business retention and expansion outreach program covering Medina, Portage and Summit counties.

This is the largest number ever recorded in one year and represents a significant year-over-year increase in business visitations, according to chamber officials.

“This milestone represents a truly collaborative effort that has been well received by the local business community,” said Rick Rebadow, executive vice president of the Greater Akron Chamber. “Every time we meet with a company, it allows us the opportunity to uncover potential investment within our region and the ability to identify issues that could stand in the way of job creation.”

The Greater Akron Partnership has effectively brought the public and private sectors together by working with those companies already located in the Greater Akron region, according to chamber officials. The Greater Akron Partnership has acted as a “one-stop shop” to assist local companies with their economic development needs at the local, state and federal levels.

The program commenced in 2003 in Summit County, and it was expanded to include both Medina and Portage counties in 2011. The program, funded in part by JobsOhio, is a collaborative effort among the Greater Akron Chamber, Medina County Economic Development Corp., Portage Development Board and the Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development.

Since the program’s inaugural year, 3,021 business visitations have been conducted within the metro region.


Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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