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1/16/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Business continues after ACF building fire

DOWNTOWN AKRON — An early morning fire at Akron Community Foundation’s (ACF) office building Jan. 10 has not deterred business, said ACF President and CEO John Petures Jr. in a press release.

The building, located at 345 W. Cedar St., will remain closed until Jan. 21, but staff will be operating remotely to maintain operations. The ACF’s assets, which are held off-site, currently total nearly $180 million, including more than $4 million received during the last two weeks of December.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, and damage was confined primarily to the building’s lobby.

According to Petures, fire doors prevented damage to grant records, historical documents and agreements the ACF has with its more than 440 fundholders.

“We were founded in 1955 to serve this community, especially during times of disaster, and the planning, foresight and preparedness of staff, board members and prior leadership has made that possible,” said Petures.

“Our team has such a passion for the organization, and this passion will carry through to a quick and strong recovery,” added Mark Allio, ACF board chair.

Staff resumed operations Jan. 13 and can be reached via email and phone. A message from Petures and Allio, as well as staff contact information, is available on the ACF website at www.akroncf.org.

 

Former Florida Chamber of Commerce CEO to give 2014 MLK Lecture

Bill Diggs
Photo courtesy of Akron-Summit County Library
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Business executive Bill Diggs will deliver the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St.

According to library officials, Diggs is the president of The Mourning Family Foundation, a conglomerate of nonprofits and for-profit companies owned by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning. He is responsible for three business ventures and is charged with creating a national brand for the foundation. The Mournings aim to create a global company capable of assisting children of need across the world, according to library officials.

At the lecture, which is presented by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., Diggs’ topic will be “Dr. King’s Economic Agenda: Is It Still Relevant Today?” He will discuss how entertainment and sports figures are becoming entrepreneurs and using their wealth to further economic progress.

“Today’s athletes and entertainers have broken the mold in developing businesses of scale,” said Diggs, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Clark Atlanta University. “Black entrepreneurs are creating their own brand.”

According to library officials, Diggs served as the CEO for the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce from 2005 until August 2013. Diggs is also a board member of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Black Hospitality Initiative, South Florida Workforce, The Children’s Trust and the national board of the Alliance for Digital Equality, according to library officials. He is past president and a founding member of the 100 Black Men of South Florida Inc. and founded The Young Professionals Network of Miami.

Visit www.akronlibary.org or call 330-643-9090 for more information.

 

Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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