Akron development

A photo of Ilene Shapiro
COLLEEN KELLY / OFFICE OF SUMMIT COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Redevelopment of the former Austen BioInnovation Institute into the new world headquarters for the Smithers Group laboratory testing companies was among the announcements Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro made at her annual state of the county address.

Dan Horrigan
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Akron City Council gave its approval Monday to buying IT services from Summit County--a week after the proposal was first submitted.  The delay was to allow some members a chance to more closely consider whether the plan might cede too much of a city function to the county.

Mayor Dan Horrigan, who proposed the deal, says he had some of the same concerns; but came to realize that control isn’t the issue, leveraging resources is.