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Akron Announces Board Appointments, CEO Search for Bounce Innovation District

By Dan Shingler, Crain's Cleveland Business

Akron is formally looking for a new leader to help the city achieve its goal of developing a downtown innovation hub for area businesses, residents and nonprofits to grow and share ideas.

The city announced on Wednesday, Dec. 6, that it has appointed five members to make up the board of directors for Bounce, an innovation hub it's creating in the current Akron Global Business Accelerator building on South Main Street.

The site where Bounce is to be developed between January and July — with help from a $2 million state grant — currently includes the Akron Global Business Accelerator, the Bit Factory software startup group. The city and Akron mayor Dan Horrigan have said those functions will continue but in some reorganized format as part of Bounce.

"Bounce will be absorbing, reinventing, and enhancing the existing activities of the Akron Global Business Accelerator and Bit Factory," the city said in a news release announcing the board appointments and CEO search. "Featuring co-working space, startup offices, mentorship, and a mix of public and private events, Bounce will serve as the city's front door for those who are, will be, or want to be advancing innovation."

Horrigan said Bounce is "a key aspect of my economic development vision."

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