Meet ystark! YP: Neil Weakland


Neil Weakland

Occupation/Title/Place of work

Canton Work Space, Vital Arts, The CUT Cinema



Why are you interested in Stark County’s Young Professionals initiative?

I don't know what that is.

What would you share to encourage other people to join?

Not sure.

Did you grow up in Stark? If so, where? If not, where did you move from and why?

No, I grew up in Portage County but went to High School in Stark County and moved there to be closer to my wife's work.

Why do you stay in Stark County, from both a personal and professional point of view?

I love the city of Canton. The potential of the area is great, and the city is working hard to realize that potential.

What do you like MOST about Stark County?

Good schools, lots of things to do.

What would you change about Stark County if you could?

In general, those that live outside the cities are terrified or lack a desire to visit them. This harms their own communities without them realizing it.

What do you see as valuable opportunities for YPs in Stark County when it comes to career opportunities, cultural access, leadership or community involvement opportunities?

There are lots of opportunities in tech fields. Our tech businesses have trouble finding qualified applicants.

What would attract more YPs to Stark County?

More thriving city living.

What do you do in the evenings or on the weekends for fun in Stark County or NE Ohio?

I like to take my kids to the ice rink downtown in the winter. I enjoy bringing the family to First Friday events.

Could you see yourself spending your lifetime in Stark County and if not, what would cause you to leave?