August 20 AIA Akron Chapter Meeting

4pm meeting, no dinner – Location:  Greystone Hall, 2nd Floor


Message from AIA Akron President:


Dear AIA Members,


Mayor Don Plusquellic will be the speaker for the August 20 meeting. He would like to share hisdeep understanding of the needs of Akron and knows that architects will be intimately involved in the solutions. He will share best practices he has gained during his travel to other cities. Areas to be covered include urban planning, city friendly architecture, best practices for delivering projects and win-win solutions for the design community and the City.


Continuing Education: 1 LU

Objectives: 1. Mayor Don Plusquellic will share his lessons learned from his travels regarding urban planning. 2. Don will share his vision for the city and future projects to which Akron area architects will be able to contribute their skills. 3. Don has heard many ways to incorporate local talent into projects and will share the lessons learned for the city for local, minority, and female participation. 4. Don will share his vision of examples of city friendly architecture.


First sworn in as Mayor in 1987, Don Plusquellic’s career in public service now spans five decades. And his dedication and work for his community have brought Akron greater opportunity and prepared it well for the future.


The Mayor’s most important mission, along with improving education, has been securing and fortifying Akron’s economic future. Still in its early stages, the Biomedical Corridor holds a key to the city’s economic future. For the economy and jobs of the future, Mayor Plusquellic is attracting health-related companies to Akron by using more than 1,200 acres of private and publicly owned land that is also home to Children’s Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, Summa’s Akron City Hospital, the University of Akron, the University Park Alliance neighborhood and most of downtown.

Citing Akron as one of the most successful cities between the eastern seaboard and Chicago, The Brookings Institution calls Akron an economic-recovery model for other cities to follow.


As much as Akron’s economic future depends upon jobs, it also depends upon education and learning programs that will match employees with employers. Mayor Plusquellic continues Akron’s long-range educational improvement program buoyed by the rebuilding of all of its public school buildings in an $800 million investment project spearheaded by the Mayor.


Countless awards and honors have been bestowed upon Mayor Plusquellic in his career. During the past year, he received the 2009 Urban Hero Award from the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. At the 122nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities, Mayor Plusquellic was recognized for his “longstanding commitment to the City of Akron and innovative leadership in advancing model alliances between the City, the University of Akron and other key organizations to revitalize Akron.”


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