CANTON, OHIO (April 29, 2009) - The May 13 Canton Forum will introduce Stark County leaders to the Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI). RPI is a regional land use planning and revenue growth sharing initiative comprised of leaders from 16 counties in Northeast Ohio, including Stark County. The initiative is designed to address internal competition for business among communities, fiscal disparities between communities and residents, and government fragmentation. Mayor Bruce Akers of Pepper Pike and Mayor William Currin of Hudson will present the Regional Prosperity Initiative at this exciting installment of Canton Forum.


Plan now to attend this very special Canton Forum to learn more about the initiative, how it will benefit our community, and how you can get involved.


The final Canton Forum luncheon, which is open to the public, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McKinley Grand Hotel, 320 Market Avenue S, Canton. Lunch is included for the price of $20. Tickets are required to attend the event and registrations must be received by Mon., May 11. Register for Canton Forum online at Season ticket holders should use their final ticket of the season for this luncheon.


Since 1995, Canton Forum, sponsored by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Repository, has presented a wide array of distinguished speakers to the Canton community on topics relating to health, education, sports, business, public affairs and the arts. Not only have live Forum audiences enjoyed these presentations, but they have also been seen by thousands throughout Stark County thanks to re-broadcasts of the program on Time Warner Cable Channel 23 and online through Western Reserve PBS Channel 49 streaming video-on-demand at

About our Speakers:

Mayor Akers is the current chairman of City Year Cleveland, a member of the Look Up to Cleveland Advisory Board, and the immediate past president of Park Works. He is a trustee and on the Executive Committee of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, Park Works and Town Hall of Cleveland. A graduate of Leadership Cleveland, Akers was elected president of his class.




Prior to reelection to a second, full four-year term as mayor of Hudson, Mayor Currin served as an "at large" member of the Hudson City Council from 1997 to 2003. Additionally, he is serving his second term as chairman of the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association. Currin has served as an ad hoc committee member of the RPI since its inception.