Stakeholder Meetings

The project team of Designing Local and ArtsNow wants to connect with as many residents, community leaders, and creatives as possible. The team has worked to engage and connect with cultural leaders, creatives, and community stakeholders.

 We also believe that we can’t be inclusive without being transparent, so the team has built an entirely open process. We will also be sharing a link soon where you can find a running list of engaged stakeholders to date. If you see someone or some topics that we’re missing, please let us know. Plus, you’ll find multiple opportunities to add your own ideas and feedback.

Morgan Lasher
An Akron Tour with Dave Leiberth

By Josh Lapp, Designing Local

Dave, like LeBron James, is a born-and-bred Akronite. Where his basketball career didn’t take off, though, his journalistic, law and government career sure did. He worked for 35 years as a reporter and news director, receiving multiple state and national journalism awards. As a practicing lawyer in Akron for 25 years, he was frequently listed among the Best Lawyers of America. Notably, he was Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff in Akron for a decade until his retirement in 2012. He was even selected by the White House to moderate President Clinton’s first Town Meeting on Race, carried live nationally on C-Span in 1997! (LeBron only has two championships…)

Needless to say, Dave knows what he’s talking about, especially when it comes to Akron. He wrote the book on Akron. Literally – he wrote “Greater Akron: Inventive. Industrious. Inspired,” a book on the history of Akron, published in 2013. 

Morgan Lasher