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Leadership Medina County and The University of Akron/Medina invited the community to join them as they hosted a joint celebration October 16, recognizing U.A.'s 10-year anniversary as well as the recent relocation of LMC to the U.A. Medina campus at 6300 Technology Lane, Medina.

The casual event gave a great many people the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and socialize with other members of the community as they toured the facility that now houses the offices of Leadership Medina County. The compatible arrangement within the university facility enhances both organizations' mutual philosophy about serving the community.

Denise Testa, U.A. Medina Director, said, "Our partnership with Leadership Medina County is the perfect capstone reflecting the University's commitment to the community. In fact, LMC was a contributing member of the task force assembled to raise funds, and eventually contruct U.A. Medina in 2008."

U.A. Medina is "a responsive and community-driven regional academic center for traditional and adult students. Offering credit courses, workforce development, customized training and cultural enrichment activities, U.A. helps our students accomplish their personal and professional and academic goals."

Between rentals and classes, the university has served more than 75,000 people in the 10 years since it was built. There are typically 300-500 students enrolled each semester, and new programs are always being added; currently, the university is creating and building on-site science labs to enrich the academic experiences.

LMC Executive Director Colleen Rice proudly took guests on a tour of her new office, which is tastefully decorated with watercolors painted by her husband. She said, "When U.A. Medina offered to provide space we knew it was a great opportunity to have more space for our programs in a facility that supports lifelong learning."

LMC is "a nonprofit, civic education and leadership development organization whose mission is to build talented, responsible, dynamic leaders to serve our community. We (LMC) believe that community leaders can be developed, that leadership is a lifelong endeavor and strong leadership is vital to a strong Medina County."

For additional information, LMC may be reached at 330-721-7118, and U.A. Medina at 330-721-2210.