To implement Community PlanIT, an online tool that enables engagement in local community planning efforts, in four Knight communities: Detroit, Akron, San Jose and Philadelphia
To include Knight-community libraries in the creation of a national digital library network
To help University Park Alliance strengthen its core engagement and partnership work and to launch efforts that provide sustainable long-term income
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 innovation at the intersection of talent, opportunity and place to enable our communities to succeed.
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Akron Community Advisory Committee
• Aram Nerpouni (chair)
• Cynthia Knight
• Michael Byun
• Ramona Ortega-Liston, Ph.D.
• Rhonda Ferguson
• Russell Pry