|Name||Donald L. Plusquellic|
Akron, Ohio , United States
Sep 10, 2011 11:33am
|Info||In January 2004, Donald L. Plusquellic began his 18th year as Mayor of the City of Akron after being re-elected for a fifth four-year term. The city�s longest-serving mayor is a life-long resident of Akron. He became the 59th Mayor of Akron in 1987, after serving with distinction for 13 years on Akron City Council, including three years as president from 1984-1987. Citizens of Ward 9 first elected him to council as their representative in 1973, when he was 24 years old. |
Don Plusquellic has devoted 30 years to public service in a career highlighted by great leadership successes locally and nationally. In 2002, the Mayor was elected Chairman of the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), and will become president of the organization beginning in June of 2004.
Citing his leadership in working to provide new revenue to re-build every one of Akron�s schools as Community Learning Centers by the year 2018, American City & County Magazine named Mayor Plusquellic the nation�s "Municipal Leader of the Year" in December, 2003
Mayor Plusquellic received the highest honor bestowed on city leaders by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1999, the prestigious City Livability Award, for the Mayor�s leadership in the decade-long effort to create and develop Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDD) in Ohio.
The Wall Street Journal recognized the Mayor in a front-page article (5/16/00) concerning the importance of Mayoral leadership in America.
Among Mayor Plusquellic�s passions is public education. He has been a faithful partner with the Akron Public Schools in providing leadership and the assurance of community-wide support for the challenges the school system faces in the coming years. Under his leadership, voters resoundingly approved ballot issues to support operating and capital needs for Akron Public Schools well into the future. Additionally, the Mayor has been instrumental in developing after-school programs that now serve youngsters from Akron�s most impoverished neighborhoods, in 12 different locations..
Under Mayor Plusquellic, Akron has seen the construction of hundreds of new market-rate homes throughout the inner city as part of a public, non-profit corporation called the Urban Neighborhood Development Corporation. In developing housing in Akron�s historically-stable neighborhoods, more than $56,000,000 has been spent in rehabilitating older homes during his tenure. In the past 10 years, the City has partnered with non-profit and private builders to construct more than 415 new homes in Akron. And under his direction, the City has also seen the construction of eight new neighborhood community centers that provide activities and education for all citizens.
Most visibly, Mayor Plusquellic has transformed downtown Akron. From luring the National Inventors Hall of Fame to its new child-friendly headquarters in Akron, to the construction of a new minor league baseball stadium and a new convention center, downtown Akron has experienced a renaissance in the years of Plusquellic�s leadership. As a result, more than a dozen new restaurants and clubs with an eclectic blend of music and nightlife have invigorated downtown. As the principal employment center of the county with some 30,000 workers, Downtown Akron has produced significant increases in revenue generated from downtown businesses, which in turn have helped Akron to continue investing in neighborhoods to make them even stronger.
Tributes given Mayor Plusquellic include the Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund; The University of Akron�s Alumni Honor Award; membership into the leadership fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa; Ohio Ballet�s Bravo Award; Meritorious Service Award from the United Negro College Fund and the Akron Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year Award.
Victim Assistance honored the Mayor upon its 20th anniversary, and in 1997 the Dapper Dan Club presented him with its Sports Person of the Year Award. He was also the Sales and Marketing Association�s Executive of the Year for 1997. In 1986, he was bestowed the National Association of Homebuilders Grand Award.
A graduate of Akron's Kenmore High School, Donald Plusquellic attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering and graduated from Bowling Green State University School of Business. He earned his JD from The University of Akron School of Law.
The Mayor and Mary Plusquellic, his wife, have a son, Dave, and their daughter Michelle and her husband, Mike, have two daughters, Abigail and Alison.