Mayor Dan Horrigan

photo of Josh Sines, Todd Kleintop
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron Republican Josh Sines says he’ll concentrate on his businesses after losing the mayor’s race.

akron press club debate
JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Supporting Akron’s downtown businesses during reconstruction, revitalizing neighborhoods and allocating settlement money from Summit County’s opioid lawsuit were among topics addressed during a mayoral debate Wednesday hosted by the Akron Press Club.

Incumbent Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Republican challenger Josh Sines faced off at Quaker Station.

The candidates were asked whether Akron’s already high water and sewer rates would increase over the next four years.

Mayor Dan Horrigan said they would not increase before 2021.

Akron Fire Station 4
JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

The city of Akron invited residents to have a look inside its two new fire stations at ribbon cutting ceremonies Thursday.

Residents got to see how the city is spending Issue 4 money at the fire stations in Middlebury and downtown.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Kids living near Joy Park Community Center in East Akron got a chance to try out the city’s first splash pad.

With temperatures around 90 degrees Tuesday, Mayor Dan Horrigan was pleased to see kids enjoying the cool water.

“Kid tested, mayor approved!” he said as kids ran onto the pad. Water shot upward from jets in the 1,600 square-foot concrete pad while decorative fixtures created a shower with the spray. A red frog bubbled water for smaller kids.

Akron green storm water system design
AKRON WATERWAYS RENEWED!

Akron officials are awaiting approval from a federal court on proposed money-saving modifications to the city’s massive sewer project. The US and Ohio EPAs approved the changes last year.

Akron, like many cities across the nation, is under a federal mandate to update its infrastructure to stop old sewers from releasing combined storm water and sewage into the Cuyahoga River by 2028. 

old Rolling Acres Mall on Romig Road in Akron
GOOGLE EARTH

It’s finally official — Amazon is coming to Akron and bringing about 1,500 full-time jobs with it. 

Amazon announced early Monday that construction will soon begin on a 700,000 square-foot distribution facility on the site of the former Rolling Acres Mall.

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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Voters went to the polls in Akron’s primary election on Tuesday where they ousted  four city council incumbents.


This is Akron: Crime, Gunfire Leave Akron Residents Shaken

Apr 7, 2019
A photo of Rochelle, left, and Ryan Reed with their children Mackenzie Steiner 11, Sam Bartel 22, and Kaiden Gomes at their home on South Arlington Street on Friday, March 29, 2019 in Akron, Ohio.
PHIL MASTURZO / AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

Jacqueline Easley feels a deepening dread every Thursday.

"It's the weekend, and I wonder who's going to get shot and killed now," said Easley, 59, who lives in West Akron and owns a beauty shop on Copley Road.

She usually keeps those worries to herself. But after seeing a group of high school girls at an Akron City Council meeting April 1 — the night after two Akron men were killed in separate shootings — Easley took the mic.

SUMMIT COUNTY EXECUTIVE'S OFFICE

Summit County officials have reached out to Ohio leaders, asking them to find a way to keep the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants open.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan kicked off his re-election campaign Friday, throwing his hat into the ring for a second four-year term. 

Horrigan's re-election campaign kickoff, held at his South Main Street headquarters, was attended by a small group of supporters.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

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.

This is Akron: Residents Are Drowning in Sewer Bills

Mar 17, 2019
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PHIL MASTURZO / AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

Akron resident Carla Deiss Dobbins is flummoxed: Why does it cost more to flush her toilets than to heat her Firestone Park home during the dead of winter?

 

Water and sewer would cost her family of four about $28 a month, about the price of taking the family out for Galley Boys at Swensons.

 

But now her bill is nearly three times that because of price hikes to pay for a massive sewer project to stop untreated waste water from flooding into rivers and streams. 

 

This is Akron: Annual Poll Spotlights Top Issues This Election Year

Mar 17, 2019
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Mike Cardew / Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

What’s the matter with Akron?

 

“I think here where I work it’s probably the crime and then — second — the roads,” Rebecca Atkinson said with a disconcerted laugh. The manager of Maple Valley Cleaners on Copley Road recently moved from a West Akron apartment to a "more residential area" in Firestone Park, where it’s “a little quieter” and fewer people rent.

 

In her 18 years on the job, she’s watched robberies rise and business decline. “It’s slowly slipping away,” she said.

 

Akron State of the City Address
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan wants to flesh out a plan for a community development corporation, or CDC, for downtown.

Horrigan wants to treat community development downtown as its own separate entity, rather than making it a part of other city initiatives.

The CDC would be focused on bringing vitality to the central business district.

photo of Don Walters, Dan Horrigan
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan gave his third State of the City address today, and touted a new partnership between the city and AARP to examine economic and social factors that affect seniors in the city.

The mayor said Akron is going to be part of the AARP “Age-Friendly Communities” initiative. It’s a five-year plan to examine city policies to ensure they’re helpful for seniors. Horrigan says an assessment should be completed this year.

Mike DeWine
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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Feb. 20:

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Akron’s Metro RTA estimates more than four million people have ridden Metro buses this year. On Monday, Mayor Dan Horrigan was one of them. 

The mayor boarded the crowded #8 bus at the Kenmore and Lakeshore stop, chatting with riders and discussing how the city can work together with RTA to improve the service. In a conversation with Metro RTA director Dawn Distler, Mayor Horrigan wondered how long it takes to get places by bus. 

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WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 28:

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The Mayor of Los Angeles joined Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan today for a tour of the new school that LeBron James helped make possible.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti toured the I Promise School, which opened this school year for third- and fourth-graders. LeBron James has called it the kind of school he wishes he could have attended when he was a kid in Akron.

Fulton Airport building
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan spoke at a news conference Friday about plans to transform the old Fulton Municipal Airport into an economic development driver.  

Horrigan wants the airport to be a location magnet for businesses that need frequent and flexible air travel. He said they will bring jobs, and word of their moving here will stimulate more development.