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9:55am EDT July 22, 2002

The Akron Regional Development Board released its 1999-2000 public policy agenda last month, highlighting the board’s top priorities for the next two years.

The agenda includes several new issues which the ARDB deems important to the area’s business community. Some of the new priorities are air service in Northeast Ohio, the regional business climate, Y2K and work force development.

The agenda reflects issues that have been identified by the tri-county business community as important and provides a method of communicating those issues to policy makers at the local, state and national levels of government.

The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau has awarded 12 organizations with a total of $44,437 in tourism grants to help promote tourism in Summit County.

Recipients include Akron Art Museum, Akron Zoo, Boston Mills Ski resort, Radisson Inn Akron, and The Winery at Wolf Creek. For more information on the Convention & Visitors Bureau, check out the Web site at www.visitakron-summit.org.

’Net safety

The Better Business Bureau has launched an on-line privacy program to help support and promote e-commerce. The purpose of the BBBOnLine Privacy Program is to assure consumers that their personal information will be handled with care in Internet transactions.

The BBB hopes to boost consumer confidence by awarding an easily recognizable seal to businesses that post online privacy policies that meet the BBB’s standards; offering a separate seal to Web sites that advertise to children; and providing a consumer-friendly and thorough resolution-dispute system.

The program is sponsored by e-commerce leaders including America Online, AT&T, Sony and Dun & Bradstreet.

Overheard

“As leaders of companies in this competitive marketplace, it’s important that managers understand technology. It’s as important as any other aspect of running a business.”
Ryan Vero, vice president of e-commerce for OfficeMax

“The best job in the world is something we would do absolutely for free. Then you’ve got to find someone to pay you to go out and do it.”
Connie Young, president, C.J. Young & Associates