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Hon. Donald L. Plusquellic

Hon. Donald L. Plusquellic
Hon. Donald L. Plusquellic
City of Akron

First sworn in as Mayor in 1987, Don Plusquellic’s career in public service now spans five decades. 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. Under his leadership, Akron has been able to isolate itself to a large extent, from the state-wide economic downturn by focusing on creating new jobs, embracing new polymer technologies, and by strengthening its expertise in Biomedical materials science. 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.

Numerous awards and honors have been bestowed upon Mayor Plusquellic in his career. The International Economic Development Council named him its “public official of the year.” In June 2010, he received the annual award presented by the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce for his initiative that places Akron as the only American city with its own investment in an Israeli business incubator. He received the 2009 Urban Hero Award from the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities 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." In 2013, he received the Greater Akron Chamber’s top annual honor for his international economic development campaign, the H. Peter Burg Award.

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