Samuel DeShazior is responsible for administrating the City’s economic development programs, which include the attraction and expansion of commercial/industrial development throughout the downtown area, neighborhood business districts and city-owned industrial/office parks. He also manages city incentive programs and international and domestic marketing.
Mr. DeShazior has served as a senior advisor to the president/CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber, as well as the executive director of the three-county Community Improvement Corporation. In the last 10 years, the region exceeded $250 million annually in new and expanded manufacturing investment and averaged 19 new plants and expansions per year. Sam’s staff directly assisted at least one third of the yearly expansions/locations in the three-county region.