Akron-Canton Airport Sets All-Time Passenger Record 2012 marked the busiest year in the history of Akron-Canton Airport (CAK). A total of 1,838,083 customers traveled to and from Akron-Canton besting 2011 by more than 173,686 people—a 10.4% increase. Additionally, December was up 5% over the previous December—the 21st consecutive monthly increase. “A double digit increase in traffic and welcoming Southwest Airlines makes the year particularly memorable,” said Rick McQueen, president and CEO. “We offer the lowest average fare in the state and a relaxing airport experience.” Every carrier saw an increase in total passengers for the year including Southwest and AirTran Airways (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines), with 928,765 passengers, a 10% increase; Delta carrying 353,583, a 9% increase; US Airways carrying 267,517, an 11% increase; Frontier Airlines grew 7% with 199,400 passengers; and United Express carried 83,962 passengers for the year for a 1% increase. To learn more about the Akron-Canton Airport, click here.

Leading Corporate Real Estate Group Picks Cleveland for 2015 Conference Five hundred corporate real estate executives and economic developers will come to Cleveland in the fall of 2015 for the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) professional forum. “This is great news for Northeast Ohio because the attendees of the IAMC forum are the very business-location decision-makers we target every day,” said Jay Foran, Team NEO’s Senior Vice President for Business Attraction. IAMC conducted an extensive review of potential sites before selecting Cleveland. They cited rebranding and resurgence of the area as well as the impressive and diverse industrial base as reasons for bringing the conference to Northeast Ohio. Team NEO led the effort to bring the IAMC conference to Northeast Ohio, along with Positively Cleveland, the convention and visitors bureau for Greater Cleveland. Others in the local economic development and philanthropic community, including BioEnterprise, Nortech, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Greater Akron Chamber, Stark Development Board and Fund for Our Economic Future got behind the effort by writing letters of support to persuade the selection committee to choose Cleveland. To read more about the announcement, click on this Cleveland Plus press release.

Malone University’s Online Bachelor’s Degree Program Ranked High NationallyOn Jan. 18, U.S. News & World Report released its list of top online degree programs. Malone University’s online bachelor’s degree program was #33 out of the 190 colleges and universities ranked nationally. Malone University offers an online degree in organizational, project, marketing, health services or environmental management. It is designed for nontraditional students with a minimum of five years of work experience who have some post-high school education. The degree may be completed in 14 months. Since its inception in 1984, more than 3,400 adult students have completed their degrees; the program boasts an impressive 80% graduation rate. Malone also offers two online graduate degree programs—the masters of arts in organizational leadership and the masters of business administration (MBA). To learn more about Malone University, click here.

Stark County’s Advanced Placement Effectiveness Outpaces the StateFor the third year in a row, the number of Stark County students taking Advanced Placement courses has surpassed the 2,000 mark. College Board figures show that a historic high of 2,176 students accounted for 3,478 course enrollments across all 17 of the county’s public school districts during the 2011-12 academic year. Students further earned a score of 3 or higher 2,121 times on exams offered at the end of those courses. At that level, over 90% of the nation’s colleges and universities will award college credit, advanced course placement or both. While the Ohio Department of Education notes that the number of Ohio students earning a score of 3 or higher has increased 43.2% over the past five years, that increase has been over 50% in Stark County. To learn more about the education community in Stark County, click here for the Stark Education Partnership Website.

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