sworn in as Mayor in 1987, Don Plusquellics career in public service now spans five
decades. And his dedication and work for his community have brought Akron greater
opportunity and prepared it well for the future.
The Mayors most important mission, along with improving education, has been
securing and fortifying Akrons economic future. Still in its early stages, the
Biomedical Corridor holds a key to the citys economic future. For the economy and
jobs of the future, Mayor Plusquellic is attracting health-related companies to Akron by
using more than 1,200 acres of private and publicly owned land that is also home to
Children's Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, Summa's Akron City Hospital, the
University of Akron, the University Park Alliance neighborhood and most of downtown.
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
As much as Akrons economic future depends upon jobs, it also depends upon
education and learning programs that will match employees with employers. Mayor
Plusquellic continues Akrons long-range educational improvement program buoyed by
the rebuilding of all of its public school buildings in an $800 million investment project
spearheaded by the Mayor.
Countless awards and honors have been bestowed upon Mayor Plusquellic in his career.
During the past year, he received the 2009 Urban Hero Award from the Coalition of Urban
Serving Universities. At the 122nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land Grant
Universities, Mayor Plusquellic was recognized 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."
Also in 09, the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University in Medford,
Massachusetts presented Plusquellic with its annual Mayer Global Citizenship Award. The
honor recognizes those who have dedicated themselves to solving the most pressing problems
facing the world.
Last August, Don Plusquellic participated in the Annual Peace Memorial Day Ceremony in
Hiroshima, Japan on behalf of all mayors in the United States. Plusquellic is not only
past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, but serves as vice president for the
Mayor for Peace, an international organization representing 2,870 cities in 134 countries.
As a testament to his leadership, the Mayor received---in 2009---the City Livability
Award. The annual honor from the U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes community
leadership. The National Civic League has also named Akron an All America City.
And in acknowledging the Mayor for his outstanding dedication to economic development
in the public sector, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) presented its
Annual Leadership Award for Public Service to Mayor Plusquellic in 2008.
Akron has a mayor who has worked at the invitation of President Barack Obama to assist
in crafting an economic stimulus plan to aid the ailing national economy. The Mayor has
also worked with the Obama Transition Team and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to aid in the
effort toward getting much-needed monies to American cities.
Previously, Mayor Plusquellic had been called upon for national service by President
George W. Bush and then-Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as a member of a national
task force following the attack on September 11, 2001. He was credited with helping create
the funding mechanism now used to ensure appropriate monies are allocated to communities.
Mayor Plusquellic has two children and six grandchildren.