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City Centric Canton
See this growing city as it maximizes its potential.

Canton-centric interviewees are Elec Simon, musician, emcee and performer; Ryan Miller, owner of multiple small businesses; Kevonne Wright, poet and author of “The Majestic Tales: A Memoir of My Thoughts”; Kyle Stone, Stark County prosecuting attorney; Steve Coon, developer; and Faith Barbato, senior manager of institutional giving at the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.

PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / (WEAO 49.1)

Thursday, March 14, at 3:30 AM

The Entertainer

Elec Simon, Emcee and Musician

“I’ve always been hungry to make my mark in this world.”

The Entrepreneur

Ryan Miller, Owner of Deli Ohio and Other Canton Businesses

“Canton has a lot of potential and has people that are ready for change.”

The Future

Kevonne Wright, Author and Poet

“Canton has the ability to grow in so many ways…This is a good place to start to change the world. I feel like I can be a part of that change.”

The Politician

Kyle Stone, Stark County Prosecuting Attorney

“I don’t care what side of the aisle you sit on, what your age or race is, everyone wants to be safe in their community.”

The Revitalizer

Steve Coon, Canton Developer

“That’s what I want to connect with…the buildings that tell a story.”

The Humanitarian

Faith Barbato, Senior Manager of Institutional Giving at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

“To really understand and have that compassion and kindness and empathy requires you to have walked at least a few steps in [someone else’s] shoes.”


Hear from Canton-centric Elec Simon, musician, emcee and performer.

Hear from Canton-centric Ryan Miller, owner of multiple small businesses.

Hear from Canton-centric Kevonne Wright, poet and author.

Hear from Canton-centric Kyle Stone, Stark County prosecuting attorney.

Hear from Canton-centric Steve Coon, developer.

Hear from Canton-centric Faith Barbato, Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.

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About Canton

Canton is the county seat of Stark County, Ohio. It is located approximately 60 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles south of Akron in Northeast Ohio on the edge of Ohio's Amish Country. — Wikipedia 

Canton is known for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which honors National Football League players through permanent and traveling exhibitions. The circular, domed William McKinley Tomb is the final resting place of the 25th U.S. president, who spent much of his life in Canton. Nearby, the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum chronicles the president's life. ― Google 

Founded in 1805 

Incorporated: 1822 (village) 

Incorporated: 1838 (city) 

Population: 70,426 (2021) 

Mayor: Thomas Bernabei 

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