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Akron Mayor Addresses Overdoses, Growth, Tech and the Urban Core

State of City address
Tim Rudell
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Sold out knight center for State of City

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan sees his city headed for a brighter future, and, in his first official state of the city address, he talked about some new ideas and plans for getting there.  

Mayor Horrigan discussed implementing “Quick Response Teams” to help get people into addiction treatment: “A medic, a police officer, and a counselor will address [overdose] victims and their families to try to get them into services right away.”

He says such teams  are in use in the Cincinnati suburb of Colerain.  And that they show how effective the approach can be in achieving overall reductions in  drug-related ambulance calls and hospitalizations numbers. “They’ve had some pretty good measurable statistics where you can get a 35 (percent drop in overdoses) and 80 percent” increase in people getting into treatment.

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The mayor also announced the Akron Growth Council — an advisory group for economic development, a downtown innovation center called the “Bits & Atoms" and the securing of $10 million in grants to boost Akron’s urban core.

Akron Mayor Addresses Overdoses, Growth, Tech and the Urban Core
WKSU All Thing Considered Host Jeff St. Clair talks with reporter Tim Rudell about the Mayor's speech

Mayor Dan Horrigan

Mayor Dan Horrigan
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Mayor Dan Horrigan after his State of the City Address

After his prepared remarks, Mayor Horrigan took questions from the audience.  Asked whether he'll push for an income-tax increase, he said that has to be considered, noting the decline in city revenue in recent years.

Akron Mayor Addresses Overdoses, Growth, Tech and the Urban Core
Mayor Dan Horrigan on declining revenue for the City

Horrigan said he will "seek the wisdom" of the people of Akron and talking with as many community leaders, stake holderss and residents as possible to get their thoughts on what should be done regarding the income tax.