Civic Commons discussion at Richard Howe House January 17

Join the Akron Press Club for a discussion on the Reimagining Civic Commons initiative with Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, and Kyle Kutuchief, Akron program director of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation.

This engaging conversation will be held at the Richard Howe House on West Exchange Street at 5:30 p.m. on January 17, 2018.

This event is exclusively for members of the Akron Press Club and those who wish to join. Refreshments will be served.

Akron’s Civic Commons focuses on how to make three areas of the city into a new model for civic engagement. The three areas are called The Civic Gateway (downtown), Park East (the neighborhood south of downtown) and Summit Lake Park (Summit Lake). They are connected by the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail.

The Knight Foundation is funding the initiative.

The Richard Howe House dates to Akron’s canal days. In 2008 the house was moved from its original location across from the Akron Beacon Journal to several blocks west on Exchange Street. The house has been restored and now serves as a visitor information center for the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, a place for meetings and as offices for the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.


Details: Reimagining Akron’s Civic Commons discussion

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Time: Event begins at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Place:  Richard Howe House, 47 West Exchange Street, Akron.

Cost: Current Akron Press Club Members: $10; Non-members: $50, which includes a 2018 Akron Press Club membership.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or Cash or check only accepted day of the event.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, January 12, 2018.


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.