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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 11:

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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. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 25:

Huntington Bank Plans to Add New Jobs to Akron

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Huntington Bank is planning to add more jobs in Akron. 

The bank announced this week that it’s creating 1,200 jobs. The bank is also keeping a regional headquarters building in the city.  Huntington acquired FirstMerit Bank in 2016. Last year, it closed 38 branches across the country, including four in Summit County. Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Sam DeShazior says this decision to add jobs follows the bank’s recent assessment of its staffing.  

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Akron’s first financial empowerment center is due to open in February.

United Way of Summit County, the City of Akron and Huntington Bank are partnering to create the center, which will be in Kenmore.

Adrienne Bradley is the director of Financial Empowerment of United Way of Summit County. She says there’s a high need for financial assistance in Kenmore.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, October 13th:

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A local fund that aims to restore areas of economic distress in Akron is getting closer to its $4.5 million goal. The Akron Community Revitalization Loan Fund received a $100,000 grant this week from Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

In April, Huntington Bank contributed a quarter of a million dollars to the fund.

President of the Development Finance Authority Chris Burnham says the fund should be able make loans starting mid-summer.

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Huntington Bank will pump more than $16 billion into communities impacted by its purchase of FirstMerit. The merger will result in the closing of more than 100 branches, mostly in Ohio and Michigan. Nearly half of the closings will be in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton areas.WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier has more on the bank’s community investment plan.

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Huntington Bank announced today that it will close a combined 107 Huntington and FirstMerit locations. About 20 of those are in the greater Akron area.

The announcement comes as Huntington officially files its FirstMerit merger plans with the federal government.

Huntington spokesman Brent Wilder says customers can expect closures at the beginning of next year.