Rep. Sykes To Be Honored As One Of Akron Chamber's "30 For The Future" Leaders
Award highlights lawmaker's contributions to the greater Akron region

The Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce recently announced State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) has been selected as a recipient of their 2016 “30 for the Future” award. The tenth annual celebration, held in late September, will recognize 31 young professionals who make a positive impact in the Akron community through their dynamic leadership and community service. Honorees of the “30 for the Future” award range from young professionals ages 25-39, across industries of healthcare, higher education, energy, and social service outreach, among others.

“It is truly humbling to be recognized by an organization dedicated to promoting and improving the vibrancy of the Akron community,” said Sykes. “This award is a reminder that, while we celebrate our region’s progress and some of the leaders who contribute to it, there is still work ahead of us to build a brighter future for our region and city. I look forward to continuing to take action and help lead the conversation on how to pave a path toward economic stability for the next generation of Ohioans.”

Since 1907, the Greater Akron Chamber has been a leading instrument of economic development for Medina, Portage and Summit Counties, while providing services to organization members and the communities they serve.

Greater Akron Chamber’s President and CEO, Dan Colantone, commented that, “recognizing young professionals such as Representative Emilia Sykes for her positive impact she has on the greater Akron Community is critical to the advancement of the Greater Akron region’s future. We look forward to celebrating the tenth anniversary of this important program on September 29 with her and the other recipients.”

During her first term as state representative, Sykes has worked with healthcare professionals and colleagues to improve public health, increase access to care, and combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rate. The Akron lawmaker was recently appointed board member to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and also serves on the House Health and Aging Committee and the House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee. Sykes is also a member of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, an assembly of legislators representing the interests of 1.5 million African Americans across the state.

Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the University of Akron in E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron, Ohio.

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