Summit County to study the causes and solutions of poverty

DOWNTOWN AKRON – Summit County officials face poverty and hope to find solutions to help affected county residents improve their economic conditions.
At the County Council Summit Committee meetings on January 10, Council discussed a 180-day contract with Synergy International Ltd. Inc., at a cost of $ 20,000 per month and $ 9,000 for travel expenses, for a total of $ 129,000.
According to the legislation, Synergy will be hired for a study that will focus on the Summit County Upward Mobility Project and, more specifically, will work to uncover the elements that contribute to poverty and the elements that boost the economic mobility of county residents. .
Summit County was one of eight counties selected through a competitive process by the Urban Institute, a research organization, to join the new upward mobility cohort. The county received a grant of $ 125,000 and 18 months of technical assistance from the organization. As a participant in the cohort, Summit County will use the funds to reduce racial and ethnic inequalities and support the upward mobility of residents of poverty.
The legislation reviewed by the Council noted that county officials plan to review data from the Urban Institute, county and others; conduct group discussions; convene an advisory council of leaders, residents and others in connection with the study; and develop a mobility action plan that will take a holistic approach to economic progress for county residents and identify key challenges in policy areas that require attention to stimulate upward mobility opportunities. The plan will also highlight strategies to improve local mobility conditions and outcomes for residents.
Diane Miller-Dawson, recently appointed director of the county’s Department of Community and Economic Development, will oversee the study. She said that 70 stakeholders are involved in this effort and that focus group meetings will start soon to gather information. She added that the final plan will be submitted to Council.
The legislation has been moved to the list of routine items to be approved at the next Summit County Council meeting.
The following items have also been moved to this list:
• Advertising tenders for 2022 bridge engineering and construction projects and pavement maintenance as part of this year’s county capital improvement program, at an estimated cost of no more than not $ 12.7 million;
• a contract with Pennoni Associates Inc. for engineering services for the design replacement of the Granger Road Bridge over Yellow Creek in the Township of Bath at a cost not exceeding $ 199,881;
• a monthly rental agreement with the City of Akron for 372.5 square feet of space in the Ohio building, located at 175 S. Main St., to be used by the Akron Police Department auditor;
• Summit County Public Defender’s Office Legal Advocate Services in 2022 for needy people at a cost of no more than $ 1.8 million, with county officials noting that the cost will be reimbursed 100 percent by the State ; and
• Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Agreement with ACCESS Inc. to provide homeless prevention services during the first nine months of this year at a cost of $ 100,000.
The council will then meet on January 24, a week later than usual due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s vacation, starting at 4:30 p.m. for a regular meeting in the Council Chamber, located on the seventh floor of the building. Ohio at 175 S. Main St. The meeting will also be webcast live via the Council’s Facebook page.

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