AKRON, Ohio, July 22, 2019 – Amazon, the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States, today announced plans to redevelop the former Rolling Acres Mall in Akron into a distribution center, creating 1,500 new jobs by 2022.
City, county and regional officials welcomed the investment to the area. “In Akron we have a proud history of innovation, resiliency, and re-inventing ourselves to meet the changing demands of a dynamic economy,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “We are thrilled to welcome Amazon to Akron, to transform this once blighted property into a thriving logistics and distribution hub. This is the single largest job-creating project we have undertaken in a generation. We look forward to continuing to partner with Amazon to empower the Akron community with employment, education and skills training opportunities.”
Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro added, “We are excited to collaborate with Amazon and our local, regional and state partners to bring this state-of-the art facility to Summit County,” said County Executive Ilene Shapiro. “We will continue to work with these partners and others to ensure that the residents of Akron, Barberton and all Summit County communities benefit from the new jobs Amazon is bringing to our community.”
In addition to revitalizing more than 80 acres in Akron, the site will connect underserved communities with quality job opportunities and benefits such as health care coverage and tuition reimbursement. “By locating in a densely populated area with access to public transportation, Amazon is bringing jobs into the heart of the community,” said Bill Koehler, Team NEO CEO. “This is key to the job hub initiative that aims to provide opportunity for all of Northeast Ohio’s residents.”
A strong partnership among local, government and state organizations made the Rolling Acres redevelopment possible, providing access to people, information and resources to advance and accelerate this project. In addition to Team NEO, the group included JobsOhio, the Greater Akron Chamber, the County of Summit, the City of Akron and Development Finance Authority of Summit County. “Amazon’s decision has the potential to not only transform the Roming Road corridor but also stimulate new investment from other companies looking to capitalize on Akron’s connected infrastructure, low cost of living, amazing quality of life and available workforce,” stated Steve Millard, president and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber. “These distribution center jobs create an imm