Fund for Our Economic Future

This is Akron: Hopeful Signs Emerging in Akron's Economy

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A photo of Marlene Denholm, owner of the Main Street Saloon and her daughter Brooke Kennamore, assistant manager, sharing a laugh as they stand in front of their restaurant in Akron, Ohio onThursday, April 4, 2019.

Marlene Denholm and Brooke Kennamore get a firsthand look at ongoing Akron economic development. That’s because they have a true front-row seat to the changes taking place in their part of the city’s Firestone Park neighborhood. Denholm owns the Main Street Saloon on South Main Street, where she and Brooke, her 22-year-old daughter, assist in the kitchen, serve customers, tend bar and do other jobs alongside each other. The long-established bar and grill, known for its expansive menu that includes the “Jumbo Burge


The consortium of 40 philanthropies in 18 counties of Northeast Ohio has announced a three year plan to expand the region’s economy.  

The Fund for Our Economic Future is putting up $10 million to make it work. 

Cities, counties, and states usually consider attracting any business a success.  But the Fund for Our Economic Future wants them to consider spreading the wealth.