Destination Akron


What is Destination Akron?

Destination Akron is a Leadership Akron pilot project with seed funding from the Knight Foundation, working with local employers to position the Akron area as a community of choice for incoming talent. The project is a natural extension of the Leadership Akron: Insight experience which introduces leaders newer to the Akron area to the community. To learn more about the Insight experience, click here


Destination Akron Will:

  • Rightly frame the Akron area for recruited talent as a compelling destination to build a life and career, counteracting misperceptions or stereotypes that outsiders may hold. 
  • Provide an individualized community orientation for incoming talent before their re-location to discover neighborhoods and options that might otherwise be overlooked. 

Destination Akron Employer Interest Form


What Opportunities Will Be Available in the Pilot Phase?

Pre-hire: One-on-one experiences designed to showcase the Akron area as a destination to live, work and play, and appeal to the pre-hire's individual lifestyle preference—significantly increasing the likelihood of converting talent to hire.

Cost: $300 for an experience of 3-5 hours, plus out of pocket expenses.


Immediate Post-hire (Inbound): One to two day, highly personalized tours for recent hires that provide an overview of the Greater Akron/Northeast Ohio area. Tours will include an emphasis on neighborhood/housing options and information on industry connections for the spouses's career (if applicable). At least one City of Akron neighborhood will be included and if desired, 1-2 neighborhoods with closer accessibility to the Cleveland market. 

Cost: $500/one day; $750 1.5 day, plus out of pocket expenses.


Insight Akron In-House Edition: Full-day community orientation for senior executives new to the Akron area, created 'in-house' specifically meeting the goals of your organization. Through an interactive day of site visits, presentations, and hands-on activities, Insight Akron offers the perfect opportunity for senior executives to “hit the ground running” in the Akron community. Executives can expedite the process of networking, learning, and getting involved in the Akron community. 



When is the Program Offered?

Destination Akron will be offered on a variable basis. Employers or potential candidates should complete the following interest form if they would like to engage in this process. Experiences will be created on a circumstantial basis.


Interested in Destination Akron?

If you're interested in sending candidates through Destination Akron, please complete the following interest form. You will receive an email confirming our receipt of your form.

Destination Akron Employer Interest Form

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