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Akron's mayor says Huntington wants to earn the city's trust
In his State of the City, Horrigan vows progress on sewers, infant mortality and growth

Tim Rudell
New Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan after his first State of the City address
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Just 28-days into the job, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan gave his first State of City Address.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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Among major points, Horrigan said he’ll make sure the war — as it’s been called at times — between the city and the EPA and courts over the big sewer project is over.

He expressed outrage at the high infant-mortality rate in Akron and vowed to help improve health care.

And he said he has met with representatives of Huntington Bank about their takeover of Akron-based FirstMerit.

“Quite frankly, they said we want to earn the same level of trust that FirstMerit has had over the years. And, we’ll continue to work with them do that. I want business to grow.

"So, if there is a particular business strategy that they have, that we can help augment, we want to do that with everybody. It wasn’t anything necessarily promised because nothing has been approved yet either, and there are still some details to be worked out.”

He closed his address saying of the community: “If we can harness our collective imaginations, I know we can build a new Akron."
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The view of First Merit headquarters from the John S. Knight Center where Mayor Horrigan delivered his address

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