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City of Akron Planning Director Accepts New Position With University of Akron Featured

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City of Akron Planning and Urban Development Director, Jason Segedy, has accepted a new position with the University of Akron, and will start there on May 3.

Segedy, who has been with the City since 2016, will be the new project manager for the reimagining of the Polsky Building, which will be known as Knight Creative.

According to a release from the University, officials say that in this new role, Segedy will coordinate all aspects of the Knight Creative project – including working closely with planning and facilities staff; reviewing project specifications and change orders; coordinating all elements of the project with the UA administration and community partners around programming of space and integration of the project with campus, the city and the county; providing space planning input into architectural programs for new construction projects; and acting as a bridge between the president’s office and those responsible for the execution of the capital project, among other duties.

Segedy, who earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from UA in 1994 and his master’s degree in geography/transportation planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1997, brings an impressive urban planning and design background which will help him integrate the Polsky work with the downtown Akron landscape and civic commons.

Prior to his work with the City of Akron, Segedy spent 17 years with the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, including seven years as the executive director, where he was responsible for managing the budget and staff; developing the regional transportation plan for the greater Akron area; overseeing expenditure of federal transportation funds in the region; and working with federal, state and local officials to foster regional cooperation.


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