State of the County address March 23

Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual state of the County address Friday, March 23, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. There will be an opportunity for questions following the speech.
The Akron Press Club sponsors this annual speech.
Pry has been Summit County executive since July 2007, when he was selected to complete the term of retiring Executive James McCarthy. He was elected to the office in November 2008 with 60.8 percent of the vote.
Pry was instrumental in keeping Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. world headquarters and Bridgestone Firestone North America Tire in Summit County. His budget for 2012 cut spending by 7 percent, the fourth decline in four years.
Pry is a lifelong resident of Summit County. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Kent State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in 1984. Prior to becoming county executive, Russ chaired the Summit County Democratic Party for 10 years. He is a life member and past treasurer of the Mogadore Historical Society and was the chair of the Village of Mogadore Charter Review Commission in 1990.

Speaker: Russ Pry, Summit County executive.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Friday, March 23. Program follows.
Place: John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street, Akron.
Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.
Reservations required by March 19: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit for membership information.