Business, community, government and university leaders throughout Northeast Ohio convened at NEOMED on Tuesday, Oct. 10, to hear President Gershen speak on a panel with the presidents of Kent State University, Stark State College and The University of Akron. Moderated by Robert Reffner, Chair of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education and general counsel at FirstEnergy, the panel spoke on the topic “Myth Versus Reality: Higher Education and Northeast Ohio’s Talent Supply Chain.”
Earlier that day at Kent State University, Steven Schmidt, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences, vice president for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies, was a presenter on a panel discussion on research and innovation at the Kent State University Integrated Sciences Building.
Both events were part of the IntraCity Leadership Visit organized by the Greater Akron Chamber to provide an overview of the innovation and urban development occurring in the Greater Akron region. From Sunday through Tuesday, the regional leaders visited sites including Akron’s Northside District; Lock 4; Southside Innovation District, North Hill neighborhood; The University of Akron and Canal Park.