Belfast City Councilor praises Akron's regeneration

September 13, 2011

A visiting City Councilor from Belfast, Ireland, Nichola Maria Mallon, told City Council Monday evening that Akron's accomplishments are inspiring. "My understanding of Akron from what I had read was that it had suffered as a city, its key industries had left, and I was expecting to come and see destitution," she said. "I am inspired by what I see. I see regeneration. I see growth. I see positivity. And, I am lucky enough to be here during an election, and I see how engaged people are." (more...)

Mallon said she is hoping to take positive ideas back and apply them in Belfast. "Hopefully, we can achieve the level of regeneration, growth and positivity I see in this city," she said. Mallon is visiting Akron and other U.S. cities to learn about the political system, economic policies and grassroots civic engagement under the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

9-12-11 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.