Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro to deliver State of the County Speech August 30

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro will deliver the annual State of the County speech at the John S. Knight Center on Thursday, August 30. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the program will begin at noon.

There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Ilene Shapiro was appointed county executive in 2016. She was elected to the office the following November, becoming Summit County’s first elected woman county executive. She is a former county council president who served on the council for more than nine years.

She manages a budget of nearly $500 million that includes nine departments. She serves on the University of Akron Research Foundation Board and is a member of the GreaterAkron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body.

Shapiro is co-founder of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and has served as past president of the Women’s Network.

She is a former senior vice president of sales with FirstMerit Corp. and director of strategic alliances at the Summa Foundation. She also started a beauty supply business and owned a consulting business.

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

Please note our new reservation system!

All elected officials must register through Julie Tortora at the Summit County Executive’s Office at or 330-643-2609.

All other registrations register through Lianne Fowler at the Akron Press ClubRSVP here.

Program: State of the County 2018

Date: Thursday, August 30

Time: Doors open 11 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon

Place: John S. Knight Center

Cost: $35 Individual Tickets, members and non-members

          $350 per table of 10

 Reservations required

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.