Hosted by: Real Property & Environmental Law Section
In this program, Suzie Graham, President and CEO of the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) will review the history of downtown development, the role of the Special Improvement District (SID), the momentum of private and public investment in the last three years, the challenges and opportunities that arise when government, non-profit, and for-profit businesses interact in this landscape, summarize recent developments, and provide updates on development projects in motion.
DAP is dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life to the heart of Akron. Under a management agreement, the DAP administers the services plan for the 42-block Downtown Akron Special Improvement District, Inc (SID). A SID is a private, not-for-profit organization established under state law. A SID is a mechanism through which downtown property owners assess themselves to provide funding for extended services aimed at the economic enhancement of the area.
Suzie serves as President and CEO of Downtown Akron Partnership, a non-profit dedicated to building the vibrancy and value of the center city Special Improvement District. She mobilizes positive partnerships and oversees the design and implementation of programs and services to anticipate and address the needs of the neighborhood and improve its vitality. Her work centers on the vibrancy of the urban core and the importance of downtown as a key indicator of the health of the city. She facilitates efforts to enhance and promote downtown as an economic driver, hub for arts and culture, guardian of social equity, community gathering space and keeper of the city's sense of place. She works closely with government, corporate, education, non-profit, human services and small business stakeholders to assist their efforts, improve their experience and build the community.
An Akron native, Suzie is honored to serve on the board of directors for Akron Roundtable and Development Finance Authority of Summit County. She is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 29, and a 2015 Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Fellow. She is a recipient of the 2012 GAR Glass Half Full Award and the 2017 Margaret Clark Morgan Impact Award for Community Leadership.
Participants who register by phone prior to 4 pm on Sep. 28, 2018, or via the website prior 11:59 pm on Sep. 30, 2018, may select a FREE Jimmy John's box lunch.
Box Lunch Menu:
All box lunches will include a chocolate chunk cookie, regular Jimmy Chips, and a beverage (coffee, tea, or water). Soda is purchasable from the vending machine.
Written Seminar Materials are digitally available two or three days before the seminar date. To access or download the written materials, please log into your “MyAkronBar” page or visit the Seminar Materials page of our website.
In advance of the seminar, participants may purchase a set of Written Seminar Materials, which are available for pickup at the seminar.
Mary Beth Vehorn