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Akron mayor's State of the City returns after one-year break; Plusquellic to deliver speech April 2

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 14, 2014

After a one-year hiatus, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic's State of the City speech is back.

Plusquellic, who skipped giving his speech last year because of scheduling conflicts, will deliver his address Wednesday, April 2.

The mayor had given a speech every year since he took office in 1987. He said he didn't last year because of other commitments, including having surgery in January, speeches by Summit County Executive Russ Pry and Akron Superintendent David James in February and an award ceremony in Plusquellic's honor in March that those who normally frequent the State of the City speech attended.

Plusquellic told the Beacon Journal in August that he had his speech mostly written and might mail it out when he finished, but he didn't do this.

Stephanie York, Plusquellic's spokeswoman, was persistent with him this year, trying to make sure he didn't skip another year for his annual address.

"He wanted to do one this year," she said. "Scheduling is always tricky."

Plusquellic, Akron's longest-serving mayor, will be up for re-election next year, if he chooses to run. He hasn't yet said if he will pursue another term. 

Plusquellic will deliver his address at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. It is sponsored by the Greater Akron Chamber, Kiwanis Club of Akron, Rotary Club of Akron, Akron Press Club, and Akron Roundtable.

Registration and networking will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the program and lunch following at 11:30 a.m. To make a reservation, call the chamber at 330-327-1237 or visit and click on the "Events Calendar."

The deadline is noon Friday, March 28. Cost is $22 per person.




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