State of the County address by Russ Pry March 14

Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual State of the County address Friday, March 14, 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 was elected to his second four-year term as county executive in November 2012. He has been executive since July 2007, when he was selected to complete the term of retiring Executive James McCarthy.

Summit County’s chief executive oversees a budget of nearly $488 million. Pry was instrumental in keeping Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. world headquarters and Bridgestone Firestone North America Tire in Summit County.

A lifelong resident of Summit County, Pry 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. 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 chairman of the Village of Mogadore Charter Review Commission in 1990.

Proceeds from this speech and other Press Club events fund scholarships for students of journalism and public relations.



Speaker: Russ Pry, Summit County executive.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Friday, March 14. Program follows.

Place: John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.

Reservations required by March 10: Call 330-564-4213, email or go to



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.