Mayor forming group to tout Akron

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Mayor Don Plusquellic (pictured, right) is hoping to raise $100,000 for a new, nonprofit corporation to tout the city, which will host a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Plusquellic, currently the group's vice president, will become its president in June. Money raised by Plusquellic's corporation, Akron USA, will help pay for receptions and other events during the conference's annual leadership meeting in October. Mayors of about 40 cities and possibly President Bush and the Democratic presidential nominee will visit Akron then.

Plusquellic, a Democrat, said the corporation will not be involved in partisan political activities.

"The key here is the opportunity that one mayor every year in the whole country gets to express the good things going on in that community," Plusquellic said Thursday. "Starting June 4, that opportunity will present itself to Akron."

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