Cuyahoga Falls — Approximately 40 people attended Open for Business on Friday, Oct. 14, at Quirk Cultural Center where representatives of local and county government, business and industry, and the general public talked ways business and employment opportunities could be increased in the northern tier of Summit County.

The open discussion was hosted by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, along with City of Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters, City of Stow Mayor Sara Kline, City of Munroe Falls Mayor James Armstrong and Village of Silver Lake Mayor Bernie Hovey and in partnership with the Cuyahoga Falls and  Stow-Munroe Falls Chambers of Commerce.

The brainstorming session and information exchange allowed allow citizens and business owners to meet with public officials and participate in discussions about small business, economic development, new funding sources, new workforce programs and new opportunities. There were also booths with information on what county agencies and organizations can do to assist economic development in the Cities of Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls, Stow and the Village of Silver Lake.

Shapiro said she organized the event to hear from everyone collectively on "what we can do to grow jobs and businesses and retain them and attract them here in Summit County and come up with some brainstorming ideas of what we would like to see if we had a wish list."

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