A vibrant, diverse and thriving downtown requires a strong arts community and a variety of entertainment options. The arts, along with other unique entertainment amenities and public events, draw crowds to our center city and have a multimillion-dollar economic impact on downtown every year. Studies show the arts are the third most important factor, behind the economy and schools, considered by businesses and employees in relocation discussions.

Arts and entertainment also positively impact downtown because people demand a variety of these types of amenities. They want to grab coffee on the way to work; enjoy free entertainment, shop or run errands during their lunch hour; and stop for a drink or bite to eat after work. These are the expected pluses of working in a center city.

Growing and strengthening these signature downtown amenities is important as we strive to increase that impact. A critical component to this mix is public spaces programming and an effort needs to be made to address the attraction and retention of key events in the Greater Downtown. Key objectives of the Plan moving forward include continuing to position the Greater Downtown as the premier destination for the region and increasing the depth and breadth of programming options in public spaces.

Plan goals include:

  • Develop a broad-based event and public space programming strategy by 2016 that provides solutions to current challenges and identifies long-term funding sustainability.
  • Increase participation in Courthouse Square programming events by 10%.
  • Develop an action-orientated, collaborative cross-promotion and PR plan on an annual basis.

 

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Downtown investment exceeds $1B this decade

Investments made or planned for downtown have surpassed the $1 billion mark since 2010, a milestone in the effort to re-energize the center city, and a benchmark that speaks to many projects yet to come.

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Officials target revival of south downtown

With new construction reviving parts of downtown and hope the Dayton Arcade could finally be redeveloped, officials are already turning their eye toward how to revive another spot: south downtown Dayton.

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Increased housing options a downtown win

Downtown Dayton is enjoying renewed interest as more businesses open and bring more employees downtown. Meanwhile, more millennials and empty-nesters seeking a different lifestyle…

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Stakeholders see downtown Dayton on the rise

Tuesday’s annual Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District meeting was an opportunity for downtown’s stakeholders, investors and champions to gather and view the progress that downtown has made, particularly since the beginning of 2015, and to set sights to the future

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New Dayton brewery sets opening date

Dayton’s brewery scene keeps getting better. Dayton Beer Company, the area’s newest brewery and beer hall, has set an opening date of April 23 and will begin brewing its first test batches tomorrow…  

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Plans unveiled for downtown entertainment district

Two investors who are part of a development group said Tuesday they’ve purchased key commercial buildings in downtown Dayton to launch a new entertainment and residential district around East Third Street.

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New Dayton beer bar sets opening date

The quickly accelerating beer renaissance underway in downtown Dayton will take another step forward at the end of the month when The Barrel House, a beer bar and craft-beer and wine retail carryout, opens at 417 E. Third St.

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Downtown Dayton: City on the Move in 2015

2015 will be a year on the move for downtown Dayton. Here are a few highlights of what you can expect in your city as we travel through the new year:

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Downtown Dayton turns a corner

Dayton has had a lot of huge wins in job creation and development in the region in 2014. But to see the smiles on the faces of some of the top regional leaders at Proto Build Bar at 534 E. … Continued

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New Dayton distillery sets opening date

Belle of Dayton, the region’s newest distillery at 122 Van Buren St. at Wayne Avenue in the Oregon Historic District, will host its grand opening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 26…

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$4M river project to begin this fall

The $4 million project to create a downtown Dayton water recreation attraction while eliminating a dangerous low dam has passed a major regulatory hurdle and is on target for work to begin this fall.

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Urban Nights makes economic impact downtown

Dayton businesses added up the benefits of Urban Nights Monday.  The event on Friday night was expected to bring in lots of people and money to downtown businesses.

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Oregon District restaurant looking to expand

One of the Oregon District’s fine dining spots is looking to construct an addition. Roost Modern Italian, located at 524 E. Fifth St. in Dayton, is going before the Landmarks Commission Thursday afternoon to submit plans for a new addition, … Continued

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Arts group seeks to establish $30 million endowment

The Victoria Theatre Association is the largest non-governmental owner of property in downtown Dayton, and the organization wants to build a $30 million endowment in order to pay for the future repair and replacement needs of its facilities, officials said.

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Dublin Pub Expansion Underway

A 3,000 ft. expansion has received final approval and is officially underway at Oregon District mainstay The Dublin Pub. The newly-expanded space will increase the Pub’s capacity to serve as an event venue and gathering place, and solidify its presence … Continued

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Warped Wing Brewing Company Opens for Business

Saturday marked the opening of the Dayton area’s most ambitious brewery project to date. The Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St. in downtown Dayton, opened its tasting-room doors to the public

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Downtown Brewery to Open in Late 2013

By the end of this year, Warped Wing Brewery Co. will open at 26 Wyandot St., inside the former site of the Buckeye Brass & Iron Foundry, which dates back to 1911. The company will brew and distribute its draught … Continued

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River Run project reaches fundraising goal of $4 million

The next major step in creating the RiverScape River Run attraction in the Great Miami River downtown is getting permits approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, city of Dayton and Miami Conservancy District, organizers say.

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Canal walk to connect field, Oregon District

The city is using a $2 million state grant to extend Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway four blocks as part of the long-range plans to connect downtown to nearby entertainment, education, health and research areas.