Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Concerning NCR's relocation.

The news of NCR's relocation is surely saddening to our city. NCR has long been a strong community pillar and has made many contributions toward the well-being of Dayton by supporting arts, charities, parks and education. Their presence will be missed.

However, the ingenuity, spirit of courage and innovation of the people that made this company so great remains here in our city. These virtues are what made NCR a leader in its market, and they are what will, once again, make Dayton a leader in the Miami Valley and beyond.

As citizens, community leaders and business leaders, we must use this news to unify us and focus our efforts into developing new and creative ways of attracting businesses positioned in markets that will remain relevant for the next five decades and beyond in addition to supporting businesses already committed to Dayton. As your next mayor, it will be my top priority to make Dayton a haven for inventive small and large businesses alike while rallying the collective imagination and insight of the over 20 groups already committed to developing business in Dayton.

This is not the final nail in the coffin for Dayton. Rather, this is the springboard we will use to capitalize on yet untapped potential of our great city as we adapt to a changing climate to make Dayton the city that we all know it can be.


Sincerely,
Gary Leitzell

1 comment:

Cyndi said...

Did you see the article on DDN.com?
http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/why-did-we-lose-ncr-145370.html

Love the last part...
“The suggestion I’ve got for Dayton is, try to get through the seven stages of grief in 24 hours or less, and then focus on entrepreneurship,” Hill said.
(Edward Hill, professor of economic development at Cleveland State University)