November 8, 2018 •

Akron Voters Approve Primary Date Change

A majority of Akron voters approved Charter Amendment Issue 9, moving the city’s primary date from September to May. The date change is expected to save the city money, boost voter turnout, and bring the Board of Elections into compliance […]

A majority of Akron voters approved Charter Amendment Issue 9, moving the city’s primary date from September to May.

The date change is expected to save the city money, boost voter turnout, and bring the Board of Elections into compliance with state law by enabling it to meet a deadline to get ballots to overseas voters 45 days before the November general election.

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August 1, 2018 •

Akron, Ohio Mayor Attempting to Change Primary Election Date

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan plans to collect signatures in a citywide petition to move Akron’s primary elections from September to May. City Council previously proposed putting the issue on the November ballot, but the legislation stalled. Local primary elections in […]

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan plans to collect signatures in a citywide petition to move Akron’s primary elections from September to May.

City Council previously proposed putting the issue on the November ballot, but the legislation stalled. Local primary elections in Ohio are held in May unless a charter provides otherwise.

Summit County is one of only three Ohio counties holding municipal primary elections in September. Moving the Akron primary to May would save the city money while increasing voter turnout.

Five other Summit County cities are also considering the election date change.

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July 23, 2018 •

Team Intern Visits the Akron Art Museum

On July 19th, State and Federal Communications’ Team Intern had the wonderful opportunity to take a tour of the Akron Art Museum! The Akron Art Museum is just a short walk away from the State and Federal Akron office and […]

On July 19th, State and Federal Communications’ Team Intern had the wonderful opportunity to take a tour of the Akron Art Museum! The Akron Art Museum is just a short walk away from the State and Federal Akron office and features free admission to the public on Thursdays. State and Federal is a supporter of the Museum, which means that all staff is welcome to visit free of charge whenever they please!

The interns were led on a guided tour by Development Officer Sarah Vernosky and Senior Development Officer Jenee Garlando through the whole museum. To open, they talked to the interns about the actual building and its many unique features. The new addition to the museum was completed in 2007, but careful planning began in 1998. The old building remains, but the new addition was expertly constructed to complement its historic elements. Consisting of mostly glass, concrete, and metal elements, the new addition takes on a very modern look in downtown Akron. The interns were then led through the old gallery which consisted of more of the museum’s traditional artwork. The interns gained a new appreciation for the deep meaning and history behind the artwork as the tour continued.

The new gallery features 16-foot walls which allow for virtually any work of art to be featured. The interns learned about several different pieces of art that the museum keeps in their permanent collection.

Perhaps the most fascinating work to learn about was artist Chuck Close’s “Linda”. The interns learned that Chuck Close worked by first photographing his subjects up close and then working in a printer-like fashion by layering the colors individually.

To end their time at the museum, the interns walked through the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. The garden features a large open space that the museum uses to host summer concerts and family movie nights.

Team intern had a wonderful time at the Akron Art Museum, and are grateful for the opportunity to learn more about Akron’s deep appreciation for the arts.

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July 13, 2017 •

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

State and Federal Communications employees had the opportunity to get out of the office and enjoy a Rubber Ducks baseball game on June 29. Beautiful weather and a Rubber Ducks win made for a great office outing! Elizabeth Bartz, president […]

State and Federal Communications employees had the opportunity to get out of the office and enjoy a Rubber Ducks baseball game on June 29. Beautiful weather and a Rubber Ducks win made for a great office outing!

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO, provided staff members with tickets and invited us to take a break for part of the day. Employees had the chance to hang out with each other in a casual setting and visit with coworkers who were in from Washington DC. We bonded over great food, beautiful weather, and our love of baseball.

“It was nice to get out of the office for the day and enjoy the game and the beautiful weather,” public relations intern Olivia Williams said.

The office outing provided a change of scenery and refueled us for the end of the week. Sometimes a little break is all you need to finish the week out strong!

The Rubber Ducks beat the Erie SeaWolves 7 to 6. It was a great day to be a Rubber Ducks fan and an even better day to be a State and Federal Communications employee!

 

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May 30, 2017 •

New Recycling Program at State and Federal Communications!

State and Federal Communications, Inc. is upping our green-game with help and guidance from Downtown Akron Partnership and the City of Akron. We recently began a program that will allow us to participate in the city’s single-stream recycling program for […]

State and Federal Communications, Inc. is upping our green-game with help and guidance from Downtown Akron Partnership and the City of Akron. We recently began a program that will allow us to participate in the city’s single-stream recycling program for not only cans and cardboard, but for bottles, cartons, cups, and many other items generated in our workplace environment!

State and Federal Communications has always taken seriously the proper disposal and recycling of our business-related electronics, batteries, legacy fluorescent bulbs, and mountains of shipping cardboard and paper; proudly reporting over 3 tons of recycled materials to Summit County ReWorks for the 2016 calendar year!

By expanding our own program and coordinating with Akron community partners, we step closer to achieving our company and employee goals of being better stewards. Many employee-generated items within the office can now be processed for collection by the city within their single-stream recycling program.

The Downtown Akron Partnership program, working with the City of Akron and others, provides resources within our downtown district to promote and build a vibrant and valuable downtown. We are proud to be part of this great community!

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April 21, 2017 •

Executive Committee of the Williams Honors College Alumni Board Honors University of Akron Students

If we believe Benjamin Franklin’s old adage, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” But today’s student loan market can discourage many young people from realizing their potential through higher education. As a result, I was thrilled to accept […]

WHCABIf we believe Benjamin Franklin’s old adage, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” But today’s student loan market can discourage many young people from realizing their potential through higher education. As a result, I was thrilled to accept an invitation to chair The University of Akron Williams Honors College Alumni Board’s Endowed Scholarship Committee, which selects a junior in The University of Akron Williams Honors College to receive a scholarship to defray the costs of their senior year of study, allowing them instead to focus on successfully completing their college education while also juggling post-graduation plans.

Since assuming the role of Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Williams Honors College Alumni Board (WHCAB) in 2016, I have participated in many wonderful opportunities to meet emerging leaders and successful alumni dedicated to building the Akron community. However, reviewing the scholarship applications provided a renewed sense of pride in my alma mater and the place where I grew up; each student was incredibly accomplished, and determined to meaningfully contribute to their campus and community.

At our annual Alumni and Student Breakfast held April 8, 2017,  the Committee honored ten outstanding seniors, the recipient of the The John B. and Kathryn M. Hunter Award in Community Leadership and Service, and the 2017 Endowed Scholarship winner, Neil Bernard. Neil is a native of South Africa who chose The University of Akron Williams Honors College to begin his educational journey towards becoming a doctor, and he was selected for his excellent scholastic accomplishments, in addition to his civic engagement.

Looking to the future, I hope to continue fostering relationships between University of Akron students, alumni, and Akron’s community leaders, ideally to help Akron maintain bright, driven young people. I am extremely grateful to State and Federal Communications, Inc. for supporting me in this goal.

 

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From Left to Right: Dr. Lakeesha Ransom, Dean, University of Akron Williams Honors College; Chanel Jackson, Graduate Assistant; Chris Burton, Treasurer, WHCAB; Neil Bernard, scholarship recipient; Holly Johnston, Secretary, WHCAB; Derek Daily, WHCAB; Lynn Lalley Wagers, Chair, WHCAB; Laura Defrain, WHCAB

 

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April 18, 2017 •

A Surprise Visit for Elizabeth Bartz!

  Elizabeth Bartz had a surprise visitor stop by our office. ADaM, the mascot for the Summit County ADM Board, came by to say ‘Thank You!’ for her donation to the annual ADM Recovery Challenge. State and Federal Communications is […]

 

Elizabeth Bartz had a surprise visitor stop by our office. ADaM, the mascot for the Summit County ADM Board, came by to say ‘Thank You!’ for her donation to the annual ADM Recovery Challenge.

State and Federal Communications is proud to contribute to the ADM Board, and we are committed to their dedicated efforts to those individuals most in need in Summit County.

Learn how you can get involved on the Challenge’s Facebook page or at www.admboard.org.

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January 17, 2017 •

Proud to Celebrate King’s Legacy with the Akron Urban League!

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, was excited to stand with the Akron community in celebrating the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Akron Urban League MLK Celebration on January […]

MLK Celebration

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, was excited to stand with the Akron community in celebrating the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Akron Urban League MLK Celebration on January 16, 2017.

The Akron Urban League presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement award to Reverend Ronald J. Fowler and featured Keynote Speaker Antwone Fisher.

State and Federal Communications was proud to be a sponsor of this superb event. Elizabeth Bartz serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.

 

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December 22, 2016 •

Giving Back to Our Community This Holiday Season

State and Federal Communications is proud to work in Akron and we recognize our responsibility to reach out to the community around us. This month our team has been busy gathering food for the United Way Holiday Snack Packs Food […]

State and Federal Communications is proud to work in Akron and we recognize our responsibility to reach out to the community around us.

This month our team has been busy gathering food for the United Way Holiday Snack Packs Food Drive helping the children of Summit County. We also had fun playing Santa by collecting gifts for the Summit County Children Services Holiday Toy Room Program. Take a look at the fun we had!

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December 5, 2016 •

Akron Councilman Indicted on Conflict of Interest Charges

The Summit County grand jury indicted Akron Councilman Bob Hoch on three first-degree misdemeanor charges. Hoch was accused more than a year ago of violating Ohio conflict of interest laws by voting on legislation and speaking on issues benefitting his […]

bobhochcopy-srv_1455040352The Summit County grand jury indicted Akron Councilman Bob Hoch on three first-degree misdemeanor charges. Hoch was accused more than a year ago of violating Ohio conflict of interest laws by voting on legislation and speaking on issues benefitting his sons, who are Akron firefighters.

The three counts pertain to actions taken in 2012, as well as an ongoing alleged conflict between 2014 and 2015.

Hoch previously denied a conflict of interest existed, as did City Council President Marilyn Keith. If convicted, Hoch could face up to 18 months in jail and lose his council seat.

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October 17, 2016 •

Come and Get Your Donuts and Apple Cider!

  On Monday, October 31 State and Federal Communications is hosting its annual Halloween Donut and Apple Cider sale. All sales will go directly to the United Way of Summit County. Drop in and say hello from 8:30 to 11:00 […]

 

On Monday, October 31 State and Federal Communications is hosting its annual Halloween Donut and Apple Cider sale. All sales will go directly to the United Way of Summit County.

Drop in and say hello from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and enjoy a delicious treat. We’ll be in the lobby of 80 South Summit St. in Downtown Akron, across from Quaker Square.

The Krispy Kreme donuts are $1.00 per donut or $7.00 per dozen. The apple cider will be $1.00 per cup or $8.00 per gallon.

To reserve your donuts, you can email Tony Didion at adidion@stateandfed.com, or call us at 330-761-9960.

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August 25, 2016 •

We’re Lending a Hand to Stuff the Bus!

  The new school year has arrived and State and Federal Communications is proud to support United Way of Summit County’s Stuff the Bus program to make sure all children in the Akron Public Schools have the supplies they need! […]

 

The new school year has arrived and State and Federal Communications is proud to support United Way of Summit County’s Stuff the Bus program to make sure all children in the Akron Public Schools have the supplies they need! We had a wonderful time gathering a mountain of crayons, markers and notebook paper.

Thank you United Way for everything you do to make our community thrive.

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August 1, 2016 •

Summit County, Ohio Executive Russ Pry Dies After Brief Battle with Cancer

Summit County Executive Russ Pry passed away Sunday, July 31, after a brief battle with cancer. The county’s statement described Pry, who served as county executive for nearly nine years, as a leader who helped restore stability in county government, […]

Russ PrySummit County Executive Russ Pry passed away Sunday, July 31, after a brief battle with cancer.

The county’s statement described Pry, who served as county executive for nearly nine years, as a leader who helped restore stability in county government, led the county through an economic downturn, and created and kept jobs for thousands of people.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said Pry had “an uncanny knack for empathizing and identifying with all people, regardless of age, race, gender, orientation, or creed, making him well-loved by all.”

County Council President Ilene Shapiro will be sworn in as interim county executive until the Summit County Democratic Party’s central committee appoints someone to serve for the remainder of Pry’s term. The term expires December 31.

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July 14, 2016 •

Mayor Horrigan Meets the Interns

State and Federal Communications was pleased to welcome Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan as he shared career advice and his goals for the city of Akron with the interns and employees. “I want to start from the core up and bring […]

interns with Mayor Horrigan

State and Federal Communications was pleased to welcome Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan as he shared career advice and his goals for the city of Akron with the interns and employees.

“I want to start from the core up and bring people into Akron,” Mayor Horrigan said. “Downtown Akron is a huge focus for the growth of the city because of the amount of traffic that it brings in.”

More than 60,000 people move throughout downtown Akron on a daily basis and Mayor Horrigan addressed what’s next after the city’s Innerbelt highway (State Route 59) closes, how to make traffic run smoothly, and issues concerning the city’s combined sewer flow problem.

Mayor Horrigan“I am concentrating on giving quality customer service to the Akron community and giving them a transparent and open-government,” Horrigan said. “We’ll have over 30 acres of land to use after the Innerbelt is closed and we are constantly considering ways to fill the space.”

State and Federal Communication’s eight summer interns attend either Kent State University or The University of Akron and Mayor Horrigan earned degrees from both universities.

“When I talk to interns, I always let them know that what you are striving for is hard work,” Mayor Horrigan said. “You will have to learn from the ground up because you don’t just fall into an amazing position.”

IT intern, Chris Jackson 24, has lived in Akron all of his life and jumped on the opportunity to suggest ways that Mayor Horrigan could fill space in downtown Akron.

“There is little to no place for teens to go and have fun in downtown Akron,” Jackson said. “I’m a gamer and arcades are coming back into style and could be a great thing for the city of Akron.”

Elizabeth Bartz and the mayorAmong other suggestions the interns and employees offered were to have food trucks throughout the city, especially near Summit St. and more art work in downtown Akron.

One thing marketing intern Clémence Besnard took away during Mayor Horrigan’s conversation was his views on success.

“I liked when he suggested that we take responsibility for the decisions we’ve made and being able to sleep peacefully with those decisions is what’s important,” Besnard said. “The mayor also let us know that it is okay to pat yourself on the back and celebrate the good you’ve done when talking about success.”

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