The Greater Akron Chamber on Thursday evening will announce a new blueprint for driving regional economic growth and prosperity at its 112th annual meeting at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.
The chamber’s new program includes collaborating with Akron and Summit County on the Elevate Greater Akron economic development initiatives.
The new plan prioritizes diversity and inclusion, increasing job access, growing company revenue and supporting small- and middle-market businesses. The chamber will say how it can best support the initiatives and help the greater Akron area grow and prosper.
The chamber said its announcement also marks the end of Advance Greater Akron, its previous strategic plan. The chamber said that plan created $3 billion in investment, 10,654 new jobs and more than 41,469 retained jobs from 2014 to 2018.
The annual meeting also will feature the presentation of the H. Peter Burg Award to S. Theresa Carter, president of OMNOVA Solutions Foundation. Carter will be the fifteenth recipient of the award.
The award was created in memory of H. Peter Burg, the late chairman and chief executive of FirstEnergy Corp. The award recognizes a leader who embraces economic and community development in the greater Akron region.
Thursday’s program begins with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.