Akron

KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Representatives from education, manufacturing and economic development in Summit County gathered in Akron yesterday to discuss efforts to better train workers to fill local jobs.  The “Align” conference was an opportunity for the approximately 50 groups to strengthen the links between themselves.

photo of Nepali immigrants
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

The Summit County prosecutor’s office is launching a campaign to help immigrants and refugees who are victims of crime.

The new “We Can Help” campaign will feature brochures, signs and information in English, Spanish, Arabic and Nepali.

The languages were chosen with help from the International Institute of Akron. The city has seen rapid growth in the Nepali population and other refugees in North Hill.

Akron City Council
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron could soon have an anti-discrimination law and civil rights commission.   

Mayor Dan Horrican and City Councilman Rick Swirsky introduced an ordinance, which would ban discrimination and establish the commission.

Assistant Law Director Ellen Lander-Nischt says the legislation augments federal and state anti-discrimination protections. It specifies coverage for gender -identity, national origin and other non-traditional discrimination cases.  And it makes it easier to seek a hearing of grievances.

James Hardy
City of Akron

The city of Akron will begin looking for data-driven solutions to youth violence. City officials are starting their first comprehensive study of the issues facing Akron’s young people. 

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AKRON SOUL TRAIN

Applications open today for a unique artists’ residency in Akron that takes place this summer.

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