Greater Downtown is the business hub of the Dayton region. The global, innovation-driven economy and growing migration of talent to urban areas present many opportunities for downtown to strengthen its position as the center for commerce in the Miami Valley. In recent years, Greater Downtown’s economy is growing and diversifying. Health care and education are big contributors poised for future growth. Also expanding downtown are knowledge economy sectors like information, professional, scientific and technical services, and smaller creative services firms. Downtown’s educational assets continue to play an important role in its economic competitiveness. Recent employer investments like the GE EPISCenter, Midmark, and Emerson Climate Technologies were motivated by their proximity to the talent produced at Greater Downtown’s colleges and universities. New world-class facilities and training programs put downtown educational institutions on the cutting edge for advancing areas in unmanned aerial systems and aerospace technologies.

New first floor businesses have been popping up across downtown. The increase in street level occupancy has been substantial – since the launch of the Plan, more than 40,000 square feet of first floor space has been filled downtown. The Activated Spaces Pop-up Project has led the way by launching 16 new downtown businesses, providing support services and sweat equity to entrepreneurs and business owners to help them get their start. Downtown shopping has found its niche: locally owned businesses providing quality products, many of which are made here in the Dayton region.

Entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone in the Greater Downtown. Tech Town continues to incubate and grow technology start-ups in the Miami Valley. More than 45 small businesses receive support across the Tech Town campus. Capitalizing on the success of the Entrepreneurs Center and the Creative Technology Accelerator, the campus recently expanded with a new 50,000 SF office building built in 2011.

Plan goals include:

  • Catalyze another $500 million of public and private investment in the Greater Downtown by 2020.
  • Retain and grow Greater Downtown’s workforce by 4,500 jobs by 2020.
  • Increase the appraised property value in downtown’s core by 25% by 2020.
  • Increase the occupied first floor space in downtown’s core by 20% by 2020.
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Dayton office spaces targeted in new program

A downtown Dayton program that first offered help for new retail businesses now has launched a similar effort that focuses on connecting businesses with office space in newly renovated buildings.

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UD in the Arcade: Why it makes sense

University of Dayton will have a presence in the Dayton Arcade, echoing the ideas of another city its developers have looked to for inspiration.

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Construction boom: 10 downtown Dayton projects

Greater downtown Dayton is in the midst of a healthy construction boom that promises to bring new jobs, housing, amenities, entertainment and infrastructure upgrades.

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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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Dayton Arcade awarded $20 million in funding

A proposal to convert part of the Dayton Arcade into housing has secured a whopping $20 million in tax credits, which officials hope to use to jump-start the large-scale redevelopment of the iconic complex.

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Downtown Dayton gets new soccer business

A company that offers soccer programs that seek to build character for young children is moving downtown. The nationally franchised company is the newest participant in the Greater Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Activated Spaces pop-up shop project, which provides entrepreneurs and … Continued

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Emerson opens ‘Helix’ center on UD campus

University of Dayton students will be getting unique hands-on training when Emerson Climate Technologies opens its $35 million Helix Innovation Center on UD’s campus today

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Liberty Tower in downtown Dayton getting big update

Liberty Tower, one of Downtown’s tallest buildings, is getting a major upgrade. The 114,00 0, 26-story building will get an upgrade to its electrical and HVAC systems. The building, owned by the same family as Liberty Savings Bank, was built … Continued

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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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Downtown Dayton program launches Pop-Up Office

Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts through the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, is launching a new phase of the program called Pop-Up Office with the opening of Mitosis in the Walker Building at 14 W. First St.

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PNC Bank launches new Water Street District development

PNC Bank’s new regional headquarters, which will open Monday at the Water Street District development along downtown Dayton’s riverfront, offers panoramic views of the city skyline and the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad rivers, including Riverscape MetroPark, Five … Continued

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Downtown Dayton River Run Project Kicks Off

With a swing of ceremonial canoe paddles emblazoned with the RiverScape at River Run logo, more than a dozen local officials kicked off construction of the Great Miami River recreational project.

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$4 million river project moves forward

Five Rivers MetroParks is ready to seek bids for its $4 million RiverScape River Run project in downtown Dayton, designed to transform the Great Miami River into a recreational destination.

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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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New clothing store opens Friday in downtown Dayton

A new clothing and accessories store called Linwood Men’s Specialty Shoppe will host its grand opening from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 7, 27 S. St. Clair St. in downtown Dayton.

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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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Graceworks Enhanced Living Opens in New Downtown Facility

Welcome to the staff and residents of the Graceworks Enhanced Living facility! Graceworks Enhanced Living, affiliated with Graceworks Lutheran Services, provides residential living, support and daily care for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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Staffing firm to move to downtown Dayton

A staffing and recruitment company is moving its office downtown. Management Recruiters of Dayton, a local executive recruitment franchise, will move to the Kuhns building at 15 W. Fourth St. in downtown in August…

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Fordham Foundation Returns to Downtown

Located in the Oregon District until a 2011 move to Oakwood, The Fordham Foundation now is bringing its office back downtown to the historical Kuhns Building at the corner of Main and Fourth streets.

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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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CareSource to hire 160 employees

CareSource plans another spurt of hiring later this year. The downtown-based Medicaid managed care plan company says its number of employees, currently at just over 1,840, will top 2,000 by the end of 2014, as it expands into the former … Continued

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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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CareSource expands again, moving 200 workers to downtown building

One of downtown Dayton’s largest companies is expanding again. CareSource, a nonprofit Medicaid managed care plan company, announced it will lease the entire former WorkflowOne building at 220 E. Monument Ave. in order to accommodate its growth.

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Ludlow Place Adds New Tenants

Last fall we reported that the four professional services firms occupying downtown’s historical Ludlow Place had collectively purchased the building at 204 S. Ludlow St. and were investing in maintenance and upgrades to the building in the hopes of attracting … Continued

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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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Oregon District building sold to investment group

The Oregon District building that houses Salar Restaurant and a number of retail businesses has been sold to a Turkish-American investment group, Dayton officials announced Friday.

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C-3 Group Moves Office to Oregon District

Advertising and marketing firm The C-3 Group recently has relocated their Centerville office to 232 E. Sixth St. in the Oregon District. The move triples the square footage of the company’s previous space, as The C-3 Group now occupies more … Continued

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PNC confirmed as anchor tenant for Water Street

PNC Bank has officially confirmed it plans to anchor the new $33.5 million Water Street development project downtown. The bank signed on as the anchor tenant for the 50,000-square-foot office building portion of the riverfront development. PNC will occupy the … 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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Business Furniture Opens Downtown

The previously vacant space located at 8 N. Main St., next to the PNC Bank building, has come to life again with the opening of Business Furniture.  This office furniture company and its 25 employees have renovated — and subsequently … Continued

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New Salon Opening Downtown

Salon J Ladner, a new hair salon at the St. Clair Lofts in downtown Dayton, will hold its grand opening on Jan. 17, according to owner Joshua Ladner. The salon at 37 S. St. Clair St. specializes in Paul Mitchell … Continued

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GE launches new $53M EPISCENTER in Dayton

Officials from University of Dayton, General Electric and local and state government gathered Friday to cut the ribbon on a major new project south of downtown.

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$36 million Downtown Project Moves Forward

The Dayton City Commission approved an amendment to the city’s zoning code that allows the proposed mixed-use Water Street Project to move forward. The project calls for new retail, residential and office space along downtown’s riverfront.

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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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Goodwill launches $11M campus project

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley’s purchase earlier this week of a former flag shop at 656 S. Main Street paves the way for the agency to launch its $11 million human services center project that neighbors and city officials say … Continued