The Akron Beacon Journal, WKSU and The Devil Strip will host a series of conversations with the public a month before the May primary to hear from anyone who works, lives or plays in Akron about the future of the city.

The goal of this collaborative is to give residents, voters and workers an agenda-setting voice while building trust and engagement with local media.

All are welcome to participate in these four free conversations.

Akron-based Center for Marketing and Opinion Research has provided fresh polling data to help moderate and make sense of the conversations.

Your Voice Ohio, a nonprofit that connects and supports media organizations through community deliberation, will assist with the conversations to probe for general concerns and build consensus around how to move the city and its neighborhoods forward on a host of issues.

RSVP online at https://www.ohio.com/forums or to Beacon Journal reporter Doug Livingston at dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3792. Please note which of the following conversations you will be attending:

  • April 9 (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Buchtel Community Learning Center
  • April 11 (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at East Community Learning Center
  • April 14 (Sunday) from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jennings Community Learning Center
  • April 16 (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Innes Buchtel Community Learning Center

The media partners would like to sustain this effort by helping concerned citizens organize around issues and — more to the point — solutions that spring up from the discussions. Stay tuned for more on that, and opportunities to get involved, after the May primary.

In the meantime, let’s get talking — now.

Reach out anytime to Noor Hindi at noor@thedevilstrip.com or Rosalie Murphy at rosalie@thedevilstrip.com if you have concerns about Akron or ideas for solutions to its challenges. You can find all the journalists working on this project on Twitter using #ThisIsAkron.

Photo: Shane Wynn via Akronstock.

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