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GSA Official and Mayor Plusquellic Visit Akron Global Business Accelerator, Talk American Jobs Act

GSA# 10820

October 14, 2011
Dan Cruz, 202-441-0607
dan.cruz@gsa.gov

AKRON, OH – Today, U.S. General Services Administrator Martha Johnson joined Mayor Don Plusquellic and met with local businesses at the Akron Global Business Accelerator to discuss the American Jobs Act and how it can help Northeast Ohio businesses grow and add jobs.

“The American Jobs Act contains tax cuts that will help small businesses and growing businesses, like those found here at the Akron Global Business Accelerator, flourish and add jobs,” said Administrator Martha Johnson.  “There is a lot of remarkable innovation and ingenuity here in Northeast Ohio, and the American Jobs Act will create more opportunities for these businesses to hire workers, invest, and compete in the global market.”

At the Akron Global Business Accelerator, Administrator Johnson discussed the details of the American Jobs Act and highlighted the different ways that the President’s plan could make an immediate impact on the Accelerator’s businesses and others locally by cutting taxes for small businesses, creating tax credits for employers who hire long-term unemployed workers and veterans, and preventing layoffs of teachers, firefighters and policemen while putting construction workers to work through repairing much-needed school buildings, roads, rail and airports.

“There are a lot of people and small businesses hurting right now,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic.  “I hope that the lawmakers will be able to put aside their differences and work together on a plan that gives a much needed boost to small businesses and that addresses the needs of the unemployed workers.  Our citizens need to go back to work, and the sooner the better.”

As head of the federal agency responsible for over $65 billion a year in federal purchases, Administrator Johnson also underscored the steps the U.S. General Services Administration is taking to make opportunities available to businesses so that they can bring innovative and cost-saving solutions into government.

The Akron Global Business Accelerator provides a wide variety of technical, administrative, marketing and professional services that a small business may not be able to secure or afford. The Accelerator is staffed by professionals with deep entrepreneurial experience and expertise to help its tenant business succeed.  High-tech companies from around the globe take advantage of its key business services and create jobs in the region.

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As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people.  GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions includes:
• Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 215,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
• Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up approximately 14 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
• Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,
• Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of governmentwide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.