Retail Revival: Transforming a Rust Belt City

Mar 9, 2019

9:30am – 10:30am CT

Recording: Retail Revival: Transforming a Rust Belt City, Mar 9, 2019

Akron, OH, once known as the Rubber Capital of the World, has experienced economic decline characteristic of many cities in the Rust Belt. The city’s struggle to reinvent itself has become more challenging with a national trend: stores are closing in record numbers year over year.
Finding that their small business owners were eager to sell online, but lacked the proper education and resources, Akron partnered with eBay to pilot Retail Revival – a 12-month program of intensive training and concierge support to help local small businesses go global. In three months, businesses have sold to 49 countries around the world.
In this session, hear how new public-private partnerships can spur geographic inclusion in an ever-changing global economy.



Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Preston Clark

7th Floor Clothing

Heather Roszczyk

Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Andy Schor

City Of Lansing

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
Film Badge
Format:

Panel

Type:

Session

Track:

Style & Retail

Level:

Intermediate