The Akron Beacon Journal, WKSU and The Devil Strip will host a series of conversations with the public a month before the May primary to hear about the future of the city.
Thus far in the Beacon Journal and on Ohio.com, we've run the below stories on the subject. You can find them all in one place at ohio.com/topics/this-is-akron.
This Is Akron: Tell us your vision of the future
Residents swamped by Akron’s $1.2 billion sewer system overhaul
City service tops poll about Akron concerns
Akron faces uphill battle catching up on road repairs
Do suburban residents pay attention to Akron? Depends who you ask
Housing is a hundred-year storm in Akron
How to flip Akron’s distressed housing market
Akron wants to build population with new home construction
Crime and gunfire leave Akron residents shaken
Here’s how Akron’s mayoral candidates want to curb crime
The goal of this collaborative is to give residents, voters and workers an agenda-setting voice while building trust and engagement with local media. All are welcome to participate in these four free conversations.
The Akron-based Center for Marketing and Opinion Research has provided fresh polling data to help moderate the conversations and make sense of how you feel about life in the city. Your Voice Ohio, a nonprofit that connects and supports media organizations through community deliberation, will assist with the conversations to build consensus on common concerns and how to move the city and its neighborhoods forward on a host of issues.
Participants are asked to RSVP either online at https://www.ohio.com/forums or with reporter Doug Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-996-3792. Please note which of the following conversations you will be attending:
• April 9 (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Buchtel Community Learning Center.
• April 11 (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at East Community Learning Center.
• April 14 (Sunday) from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jennings Community Learning Center.
• April 16 (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Innes Community Learning Center.
The media partners would like to sustain this effort by helping concerned citizens organize around issues and — more to the point — solutions that spring up from the discussions. There will be more on that, and opportunities to get involved, after the May 7 primary.
In the meantime, let’s get talking — now. Email email@example.com with concerns and solutions for your Akron community or take your thoughts online using #ThisIsAkron (This Is Akron) on Twitter to start or join a conversation.