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Just 30 miles south of Cleveland is Ohio’s fifth largest city and one of the area’s best-kept secrets.
Once known as the Rubber Capital of the World when four major tire companies were headquartered here, the city has transitioned to a hi-tech center, with the University of Akron being at the center of breakthroughs in polymeric research, while the Akron Global Business Accelerator, a technology business incubator, provides resources for about 40 business startups.
The city remains home to Goodyear Tire Rubber and Company and its largest employer is Summa Health System, with 10,700 employees. The city is also home to the world class Akron Art Museum; the Akron Symphony Orchestra; the the Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball team, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians; the landmark Akron Civic Theatre, which opened in 1920; and the Firestone Country Club, a regular stop on the PGA tour.
For those who choose to call Akron their home, there are more than 20 distinct and “green” neighborhoods to choose from, earning Akron the Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Foundation for past 14 years.
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