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Akron's small businesses, nonprofits and job seekers spent the day with Google sharpening their digital skills.

It was standing room only at the opening workshop of a day-long training initiative tech giant Google brought to Akron.

Grow with Google,” held at the main branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, was designed to help job seekers, small businesses and nonprofits succeed in an increasingly digital world.

A photo of the Huntington Tower
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The head of the Downtown Akron Partnership is excited about future possibilities for Akron’s tallest building. Reports indicate Columbus-based Huntington Bank is going to sell what was originally known as First National Tower on South Main Street. Huntington offices in the 27-story building will be moved to other locations it has nearby.

While news of the sale surprised her, Downtown Akron Partnership CEO Suzie Graham said the building is well-suited for other uses. 

Plain Dealer Announces 12 Additional Newsroom Layoffs

Mar 16, 2019

Plain Dealer President and Editor George Rodrigue announced Friday the paper will reduce its newsroom staff by an additional 12 people within two weeks. The PD announced in December it would lay off 24 union members and five managers when a new centralized page production system takes effect in May.

In a statement, Rodrigue called both moves a “necessity.”

A photo of an unemployment office.
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Ohio’s jobless rate has ticked up slightly, after six months of unchanged numbers. But there are some concerns about other figures in the latest state unemployment report.

The last Chevy Cruze rolled off the assembly line at the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, Wednesday. Workers draped an American flag over the white, four-door sedan. Now, most of the more than 1,500 workers on the last remaining shift will be laid off.

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