What’s happening in your city this year?
The Akron Beacon Journal asked several Summit County mayors to answer that question, hoping to get a glimpse of whether a recovering economy would signal new and exciting activity for area communities.
The mood is high in Cuyahoga Falls, population 51,000, where the city already has launched into a yearlong schedule of events celebrating its bicentennial.
“As I look at 2012, I don’t think you’re going to find a city with more going on than in Cuyahoga Falls,” Mayor Don Robart proclaimed.
In the midsize community of Tallmadge, population 17,300, optimism can be found in something as mundane as a healthy budget for street resurfacing.
“It has been a long time since we had $1 million to spend on roads,” Mayor David Kline said as he gears up for four major projects.
In Summit County’s tiniest city, Munroe Falls, with just over 5,000 souls, a new community center and the opening of a cupcake shop could be among the biggest news of the year.
“There’s nothing wrong with the status quo if things are running smoothly,” Mayor Frank Larson noted.
During the next few weeks, our CityView 2012 series will reveal what local mayors predict as their top headlines in the coming months. The first installment begins today on Page B1.