Sobering look at Akron’s ‘flat growth’ provides opportunity for progress

Brittany LaPointe \
February 17, 2016

A recent report commissioned by the Knight Foundation studied the city’s economic health and competitiveness and benchmarked Akron against five cities: Fort Wayne, Hamilton, Syracuse, and Worcester. The 62.4 report, referencing Akron’s square mileage, indicates that Akron’s growth is lagging in comparison to its peer cities.  The study addresses key indicators including poverty rates, household income, population growth, and housing in the years 2000-2013. This blogpost by Kyle Kutchief, Akron program officer for the Knight Foundation, highlights the report’s key findings in addition to opportunities to reverse Akron’s ‘flat growth’.

Header Image: Shane Wynn | Akron Stock