Shrine To Invention Drops 'Inventure Place' Indentity

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - One of the places designed to make Akron a destination, Inventure Place, is now being called exactly what it is: The National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, cranes removed the Inventure Place name from the downtown shrine to invention and inventors.

Smaller letters that already spelled out "The National Inventors Hall of Fame" remain.

"The name Inventure Place will always hold a special meaning for all of us," said James Baker, who leads the hall's board of directors. "But to eliminate confusion with our corporate partners, vendors and customers, we saw a need to begin to use the name under which we were conducting business."

The name change was approved by the hall's board in November. The strategy is just one more step taken toward building a national image.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation runs the selection of inductees.

"We are growing faster than any of us had dared to imagine," Baker said. "The opportunities are there, and we need to be prepared to meet them."

The city has been asked to change directional signs to reflect the change. Those signs still point the way to "Inventure Place."

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