Donald L Plusquellic, Mayor of Akron, Ohio


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Donald L Plusquellic
Mayor of Akron, Ohio

8 November 2009: On 28 June 2004, in Boston, Donald Plusquellic, Mayor of Akron, Ohio was inaugurated as the 62nd President of the United States Conference of Mayors. This 500-member, bi-partisan organization represents 500 cities around America. Mayor Plusquellic’s term as president will run through to June of 2005. During his inauguration speech, the mayor pledged to work in a collaborative, non-partisan manner to do what he called ‘America’s business’ for the people of Akron and the nation.

It was January 2004 when Don Plusquellic began his 18th year as Mayor of the City of Akron after being re-elected for a fifth four-year term. The city’s longest-serving mayor is a life-long resident of Akron. He became the 59th Mayor of Akron in 1987, after serving with distinction for 13 years on Akron City Council, including three years as president from 1984-1987. Citizens of Ward 9 first elected him to council as their representative in 1973, when he was 24 years old.

Mayor Plusquellic received the highest honor bestowed on city leaders by the US Conference of Mayors in 1999, the prestigious City Livability Award, for the Mayor’s leadership in the decade-long effort to create and develop Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDD) in Ohio.

The Wall Street Journal recognized the Mayor in a front-page article (5/16/00) concerning the importance of Mayoral leadership in America.

Among Mayor Plusquellic’s passions is public education. He has been a faithful partner with the Akron Public Schools in providing leadership and the assurance of community-wide support for the challenges the school system faces in the coming years. Under his leadership, voters resoundingly approved ballot issues to support operating and capital needs for Akron Public Schools well into the future. Additionally, the Mayor has been instrumental in developing after-school programs that now serve youngsters from Akron’s most impoverished neighborhoods, in 12 different locations..

Under Mayor Plusquellic, Akron has seen the construction of hundreds of new market-rate homes throughout the inner city as part of a public, non-profit corporation called the Urban Neighborhood Development Corporation. In developing housing in Akron’s historically-stable neighborhoods, more than $56,000,000 has been spent in rehabilitating older homes during his tenure. In the past 10 years, the City has partnered with non-profit and private builders to construct more than 415 new homes in Akron. And under his direction, the City has also seen the construction of eight new neighborhood community centers that provide activities and education for all citizens.

Most visibly, Mayor Plusquellic has transformed downtown Akron. From luring the National Inventors Hall of Fame to its new child-friendly headquarters in Akron, to the construction of a new minor league baseball stadium and a new convention center, downtown Akron has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in the years of Plusquellic’s leadership. As a result, more than a dozen new restaurants and clubs with an eclectic blend of music and nightlife have invigorated d
owntown. As the principal employment center of the county with some 30,000 workers, Downtown Akron has produced significant increases in revenue generated from downtown businesses, which in turn have helped Akron to continue investing in neighborhoods to make them even stronger.

Currently vice president of the Mayors for Peace organisation, Plusquellic was first elected mayor of Akron in 1987 and is the city’s longest serving, with six terms. However, in June 2009 a special election was held following a recall campaign, which saw Plusquellic remain in office.

A graduate of Akron's Kenmore High School, Donald Plusquellic attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering and graduate
d from Bowling Green State University School of Business. He earned his JD from The University of Akron School of Law.


The World Mayor Project is seeking nominations for the 2010 Prize


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City Mayors, the international think tank on urban affairs, is seeking nominations for the 2010 World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been awarded since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. The winner will be presented with the 2010 World Mayor Prize, while the runner-up receives the World Mayor Commendation. More

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In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City}; In third place - Walter Veltroni (Rome)
In 2005: Winner – Dora Bakoyannis (Athens); Runner-up - Hazel McCallion (Mississauga); In third place - Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City)
In 2006: Winner – John So (Melbourne); Runner up – Job Cohen (Amsterdam); In third place - Stephen Reed (Harrisburg)
In 2008: Winner – Helen Zille (Cape Town); Runner up - Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich); In third place - Leopoldo López (Chacao)
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