Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro State of the County Speech August 29 sold out

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro will deliver the annual State of the County speech at the John S. Knight Center on Thursday, August 29. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. The event is sold out.

The speech is sponsored by the Akron Press Club. 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 nearly 10 years.

She manages a budget of nearly $500 million that includes nine departments. She serves on the University of Akron Research Foundation Board, the County Executives of America board of directors, board of the Akron Community Foundation and is a member of the Greater Akron 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.

Program: State of the County 2019

Date: Thursday, August 29

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

The event is sold out.

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

All other registrations may be made through the Akron Press Club. Click here for fast and easy online registration (non-elected officials).  Or contact Lianne Fowler, Akron Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or

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.

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. Visit for membership information.