Emmy-nominated producer Dee Haslam to be featured at Women’s Endowment Fund dinner
Written by Kristen Ashby
AKRON, Ohio (March 12, 2014) – Emmy-nominated television producer Dee Haslam is coming to Akron to share her experiences as an industry leader and pioneer. Haslam, the CEO and founder of RIVR Media, will discuss women’s leadership and philanthropy at the Women’s Endowment Fund’s “For Women, Forever” annual dinner April 24. Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.regonline.com/forwomenforever.
Haslam’s love for television was inspired by her father, famed producer Ross Bagwell Sr., who became her mentor in the industry. After college, she spent 13 years working for her father’s production company, Cinetel, before co-founding RIVR Media in 1999. In the years since, Haslam has grown RIVR Media into a multi-million dollar enterprise known for producing “Trading Spaces” and other hit reality shows on cable networks like HGTV and Animal Planet. Her company also writes, directs and produces high-profile film and online projects.
In 2010, Haslam co-created Moving Picture Books, an award-winning line of animated children’s books. Her work with both companies has earned her numerous awards, including an Emmy nomination for “Whale Wars,” the Parents Choice Award, and the New York Festivals World Medal. Haslam’s professional associations include the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the International Women’s Forum, where she cultivates and mentors emerging female leaders worldwide.
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. celebrates 27-family development with groundbreaking
For the past 30 years, the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation (EANDC) has been bringing revitalization home to Summit County. On Sept. 25, 2013, EANDC broke ground on Robinson Homes East, a 27 single-family-home, development which will be central to the East Akron Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that will include housing rehabilitation efforts and vacant lot reuse.
"Since 1982, EANDC has worked successfully to strengthen the Akron-area by rebuilding neighborhoods, protecting property values and allowing residents to achieve the American dream," said EANDC Executive Director, Grady Appleton. "The Robinson Homes East is our latest effort to strengthen this community by adding new, high quality housing options."
The 27 unit infill housing project is for the Robinson School area, constructed on 11 different streets in the East Akron neighborhood. It will feature 19, 4-bedroom and 8, 3-bedroom homes. The homes will have four different floor plans and five homes will be single story ADA homes.
As part of Keep Akron Beautiful's Clean Up Akron Week, a number of young people met in East Akron to clean up the streets. Click through for a few photos from the group, led in part by Ameer Williamson (aka A Minus), who also mentors young people through the A New Way hip-hop program.
City hosts ribbon-cutting to celebrate the Village at New Seasons
The site at the corner of Vernon Odom Boulevard and Hawkins Avenue sat vacant for years, collecting trash and graffiti. Now, the space houses the Village at New Seasons, a new $11.4 million complex with senior living apartments, retail space and a health center.
The city recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the development.
The more than 115,000-square-foot facility was developed through the combined efforts of the House of the Lord, who owns the land; the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation; Testa Companies; and Summa Health System, among other investors.
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