Akron (United States of America)

Twinned since 1997 Akron Logo
Population: 212,000 (2003)
Area: 62 sq. miles
Website: www.ci.akron.oh.us

Akron lies in the North-East of Ohio, about 50 km (30 miles) south of Cleveland, on the Cuyahoga River. The university town is the county seat of Summit County.

As headquarters of the world-famous tyre producers B. F. Goodrich Tire, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Firestone Tire and General Tire Akron used to be known as the “Rubber Capital of the World”. The two largest American airships, “Akron” and “Macon” were also built in Akron by Goodyear. This was the cradle of the American truck industry.
The “City of Inventions” is today a recognised centre of polymer research and polymer development in the world and the important location of “Polymer Valley” in the state of Ohio. The city is a three-time winner of the “All-American City” Award.


Among the city’s sights are the Quaker Square complex (including the former grain silo of the Quaker Oats Co. which has been converted into a 196-room hotel), the Art Museum and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, the former villa and estate of the Seiberling Family. The annual All-American Soap Box Derby, the LeBron James Bike-a-thon or the Hamburger Festival are attractive major events.

City of Akron

The twinning offers the framework for numerous business contacts, e.g. between the Technologie Centrum Chemnitz (TCC) and the Akron Incubator & Accelerator, where the first representative office of a Chemnitz company In Akron was opened in 2008. Among the highlights of the cultural exchange was the jointly run “Christkindl Market Akron” from 2004 to 2008. Athletes also travel across the “Big Pond” to participate in the legendary Akron Road Runner Marathon or in the Chemnitz City Run. In addition, there are contacts and exchanges between the Art Museums, the Zoos and in the field of road construction.

On 20 April 2012, exactly 15 years after the twinning of Chemnitz and Akron was sealed, Mayor Barbara Ludwig and Akron’s Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic renewed the twinning agreement with their signatures.

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