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I believe Akron’s economy should work for every segment of its community. It is morally wrong to exclude a segment. That is why I strongly feel that it is time for us to work together to elevate ALL of Akron.
A STRONG FIGHTER FOR WOMEN, SENIORS, CHILDREN, YOUNG ADULTS, FAMILIES AND THE POOR – Since Linda Omobien’s arrival at Akron City Council….
“Elevate Akron” Aims to Improve Economic and Job Opportunities
A group of Akron leaders revealed a new plan for economic development at a special Akron Roundtable in 2018. A panel of community leaders told the crowd that too many people have to leave Akron to get to work.
Their new initiative, Elevate Akron, will focus on increasing job opportunities locally and improving collaboration. A study they conducted shows that Akron’s economy is too traditional and needs to promote more entrepreneurship and innovation.
Steve Millard heads the Greater Akron Chamber. He said the study also found that opportunities in Akron are limited for the black population.
Re-Elect Linda Omobien Councilwoman-At-Large
Linda Omobien is an At Large member of Council. She was first elected in 2009 to a four-year term. Since that time, she has been re-elected twice. She is chair of the Health & Social Services Committee, vice chair of the Planning and Rules Committees, and serves on the Budget & Finance Committee and the Committee on Committees.
Omobien serves on several National League of Cities’ (NLC) Committees, and Affiliates’ Boards: Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee; Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) and National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO). These are advocacy vehicles used to lobby Congress for support of the challenges facing local communities. At the 2017 NLC’s City Summit Conference in Charlotte, NC, Mrs. Omobien was awarded the “Gold Certificate” for trainings in Strategic Planning; Developing & Sustaining 21st Century Cities, Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL), etc.
Prior to her service on Akron City Council, Omobien served on the Akron Board of Education for 16 years. She also had the distinct privilege of serving as the 2006 President of The Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA). During this time, she presided over the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, as well as the Student Achievement Leadership Team (SALT) of which she was a charter member. This was the first time a board member from the Akron Board of Education and an urban board member from Northeast Ohio has ever served in this capacity. She chaired the Legislative Platform Committee and was a member of the Conference Planning Committee and Northeast Region Executive Committee. Her OSBA honors include several Awards of Achievement and the prestigious Master Board Member award which she earned in 2003.
In final, unofficial election results, Akron voters approved a charter amendment with 61 percent of the vote that moves the city’s primary election from September to May.Read More
A major finding in the Elevate Akron process was a determination that Akron’s black population has been excluded from economic opportunity.Read More