Job Creation & Small Business
- A $100 million new development to vacated Rolling Acres mall: $30 million+ in annual payroll, 1,500+ new jobs for Akron residents.
- EBay selects Akron as first U.S. partner City for Retail Revival, helping local small businesses grow online.
- Bounce Innovation Hub, supporting entrepreneurs, innovators, and start-ups in Akron through partnerships with local corporations and universities.
- Small Business Award by the United States Conference of Mayors for support of small business in Akron.
- Elevate Akron: the first-ever joint economic development plan along with Summit County and the Greater Akron Chamber.
- Vision & Redevelopment Plan to ensure downtown Akron meets the needs of all residents.
- DriveAkron.com: to provide up-to-date information about road construction projects and traffic updates.
- OhioCheckbook.com: City’s finances online.
- Student Town Halls with all senior high school classes throughout Akron.
- Body cams for every Akron police officer.
- Better Communication: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and AkronOhio.gov.
- Street Repaving Budget nearly tripled, paving 54 miles of roads each year.
- Amended the City’s sewer mandate with the EPA and Justice Dept : better environmental results at a lower cost.
- Main Street Corridor Project : $26 million in federal grants to renovate Main Street; State Street & Evans Avenue bridges.
- Transportation Improvements: $500 million through the Ohio Department of Transportation.
A Safer Community
- Fewer guns on our streets
- Police Protection for neighborhoods: new cruisers, protective gear, body-worn cameras, and training.
- Quick Response Teams to fight the Opioid Epidemic. Suing opiate manufacturers, and mandating Narcan in all public safety vehicles.
- Youth Violence Prevention Plan for reducing youth violence 20% by the end of 2023.
- Midnight Basketball and recreation programs for Akron youth.
- New Fire Stations: No. 2 (Middlebury) & No. 4 (Downtown) and blueprints for No. 12 (Wallhaven).
Housing for All
- Planning to Grow Akron Report a strategic plan to increase Akron’s population.
- Residential Tax Abatement Program to incentivize major renovation or new home construction.
- Affordable Housing Developments: Mayflower Building, Middlebury Commons & Stony Pointe Commons.
- Demolishing Dilapidated Houses or partnering with Summit County Land Bank.
- Housing for Veterans: One in only 50 cities nationwide.
Stronger Neighborhoods & Recreation
- Age Friendly Akron ensures public spaces & services for seniors.
- Vacant Building Registry to address abandoned commercial buildings.
- Community-led Park Improvements: Akron Parks Challenge, Akron Parks Week
- Great Streets Akron grants, loans and targeted services to neighborhood business districts
- City pools & Splash Pads in North and South Akron
Diversity and Inclusion
- Public Safety Forces: recruitment that reflects diversity
- Clarence Tucker: Akron’s first African American Fire Chief
- Akron Police Department offers expanded opportunities for qualified residents.
- Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) increases cultural competency and recognizing implicit bias.
- Elevate Akron increases economic opportunities for the African-American community.
- Akron Civil Rights Commission protects ALL residents from discrimination in housing, employment, and public places.
Efficiency in City Operations
- Blue Ribbon Task Force created before taking office to improve city government.
- Created a Department of Human Resources.
- Saved $81 Million on federal-mandated sewer program
- Doubled City Cash Reserves
- Reformed City Employee Health Benefits
- Mayor Horrigan has never taken a pay increase since his first day in office.
Health & Education
- Addressing Health Inequities and hiring a Health Equity Ambassador
- Forming Full Term First Birthday to reduce infant mortality.
- Sustainability Efforts for energy, emissions, water, wastewater, solid waste, city vehicles, and community education.
- Stark State Akron Campus – Akron’s community college.
- Financial Empowerment Center a United Way partnership in Kenmore neighborhood.
- College and Career Academy model in the Akron Public Schools.