TALLMADGE — The city has extended the welcome mat to Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, which moved its headquarters here late last month.
On the heels of that milestone, JANCO officials learned they’ve been awarded $170,000 in grants to promote entrepreneurship from the Hudson-based Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
JANCO’s offices were previously located in the Myers Industries warehouse on South Main Street in Akron; however, "because of expansion in that facility, there was no longer room for us," reports Michael Gaffney, president of Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio.
JANCO moved to 487 Commerce St., in the offices of Square One Engineering, on Sept. 28. Five employees work in the Tallmadge office and one in Mansfield, according to Gaffney.
Despite the move, Gaffney says JANCO’s mailing address – P.O. Box 26006, Akron 44319 – remains the same, as does its phone number – 330-434-1875.
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio provides educational programs that align with both state and national curriculum standards to students within Ashland, Coshocton, Crawford, Holmes, Knox, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Portage, Richland, Summit and Wayne counties, reaching approximately 21,000 young people last school year.
"Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio is grateful to Myers Industries for providing office space pro bono to the organization for seven years," Gaffney says, adding, "We don’t have a pro bono agreement with our new landlord, but it is at a very favorable rate."
Over the past 20 years, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation has given Junior Achievement funding to support entrepreneurship education. Gaffney says the latest grant — a two-year pledge of $85,000 per year announced Oct. 8 — will help JANCO reach students in eight of the 12 counties it covers.
"We are very grateful for their support," Gaffney says. "The money will allow the continuation of our programs that we’ve done through the years."
Reporter Ellin Walsh can be reached at 330-541-9419, firstname.lastname@example.org or @EllinWalsh_RPC.