$6 million in new investments in the arts in Akron
To continue work by Team Better Block in Akron, engaging leaders, residents and recent immigrants to improve their neighborhoods through immediate redevelopment and placemaking projects
To support a planning process to increase public use of the Ohio Erie Canalway (towpath trail) in downtown Akron; the process will be led by the design firm Alta and engage the public in building ideas.
To expand the Jane's Walk program into Knight resident communities and develop a model and set of resources for expansion into other cities across the U.S.
Knight Foundation invests in community success by creating a system that finds, nurtures and replicates civic innovations built on robust civic engagement. In Akron, the birthplace of Knight Newspapers and Knight Foundation, we invest in core city vitality to attract and retain the next generation of talent as Akron creates a 21st century economy.
Akron is a city with a rich history of innovation. A part of that legacy is manifested at the University of Akron, with its strong foundation in science and engineering and graduates who are an essential part of northeast Ohio's future.
To build that future we focus our investments at the intersection of talent, opportunity and place. Our grantmaking is designed to attract, retain and harness talent, expand opportunity by boosting enterprise creation and increasing economic mobility, and explore how places can be designed and programmed to accelerate the exchange of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together.
We invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.
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