Thursday, September 27, 2012

What Has Been Happening Lately?

It seems that there is so much activity going on in the City of Dayton these days. Some things like new bridges, highways and schools take years and years of planning so I would like to remind people about what was going on before 2010.

Things from before 2010
Kroc Center Built
Three new bridges
26 New schools started or built
Dayton Rec plex opened and two rec centers remodeled
Bike ways
Urban agriculture initiative
Land Bank being organized
MVH Heart Hospital being constructed
RTA moved transfer station
Phoenix project
CIRGV initiative started.
Greater Downtown Plan discussion started.
Canopy constructed at Riverscape.
Then there were a couple of really bad things that made lots of news and they were

NCR left
Forbes Magazine labelled us the 10th most dying city in the U.S.

However, since January 2010 we have really kicked up the pace around here and there have been many things happening. Some are small and relatively petty like the parking lines painted on the street in South Park, though these have a huge impact for the businesses near them because customers know they can park on the street. Some are huge and we sometimes forget them like GE Aviation and the Welcome Dayton Plan
which are two things that put us on the global radar screen and have gotten Dayton much national press. Here are 62 things listed that have happened since January 2010 that were not happening before that time. I am certain the list is greater than this but I can't think of them all. In the mean time there are ongoing plans for new road repairs and new bridges. Bike paths are still being planned and built and the Land Bank is starting to evolve into something that should benefit the entire region. Vacant houses continue to get demolished and we continue to push harder to become a greener city.

Now the interesting question to ask is this; When in the last 40 years have you seen this many things happen in just a three year period?

Things since 2010

GE Aviation building planned, ground breaking within a year and at time of writing nearing completion.

UD Housing on Brown Street. Planned, nearing completion.

UD acquisition of NCR.

Charlie Simms Housing units started in 2011– all sold in 12 months.

Charlie Simms now adding 7 more units in Fairgrounds neighborhood.

More housing units are being developed in Downtown.

Excelsior lofts development in Oregon District.
Kindred Hospital. Building acquired, remodeled and open for business.

Keye Ads relocated to Downtown.

Pop-Up Shops around Downtown.

Welcome Dayton Immigrant Friendly initiative.

Mediation committee formed to proactively create dialogue with the community and  Asian/Arab owned retail businesses.

Decrease in crime at the same time as a decrease in police.

Changes in Media reporting – DDN and Channel 2.

3 Year Union Contracts – all contracts previously were 1 yr.

Oregon district Rule of 17 resolved after 18 years.

Panhandling was dealt with.

More restaurants and coffee shops locating downtown.

New businesses opening on W. 3rd St. and Brown St.

Belmont Business association re established and district is growing.

New Hope Enclave Neighborhood group formed and issues resolved with MV Hospital.

East Dayton Business group starting to form.

300% increase in recycling since 2009 and $0 cost to dispose.

Recycle lottery every month.

Commission Agenda online viewable to the public BEFORE a meeting.

Emergency ordinances moved to a two part process.

Facebook likes grew from 1000 to 11,100. And still growing.

Increase communication with the public through social media.

Crime stats online.

Pay water bills and fines online.

Report crimes online when no suspect info is available.

Renewed entertainment at Courthouse Square in summer.

Riverscape Kayak Feature funds were raised from  private sector.

Revived the “Know Dayton Sell Dayton” program and proactively present to real estate offices.

Do it Yourself pilot for housing inspection.

Domestic Partner Registry.

Webster Street Outdoor Market.

Enterprising the City Lime Kiln.

Developed more efficient tracking using RFID technology.

Better Customer Service from all over City Hall. 

Finance and treasury departments at the City of Dayton awarded ISO 9001 status.

City has Self Insured Health Insurance.

Municipal Employee Appreciation week then expanded to include the region.

Occupy Dayton ended peacefully.

Goodwill Industries Expansion.

NCAA First Four Festival.

Community Police Relations council.

Penn National Race Track.

Parking lines on streets in South Park.

Increase in public art.

Building Permitting options to speed up process.

Grandview Hospital Expansion.

Carillon Park improvements.

Saint Anne's Hill co op brew pub fastest growing in the country.

Labelled most affordable city by Forbes in 2012.

3rd best city in U.S. for increasing home prices 2012.

2nd best mid sized city for the arts.

Increase in population since the 2010 census and first positive population increase in 40 years.

Sold a city phone number for $$ and incentivized business to locate in Dayton. That is creative thinking!

Dayton Fashion Week.

Dayton Revival Festival.

Reuse of Memorial Hall for events.

Things to come
More new Businesses
More development in Downtown
Brew pubs
Oregon District street party events to mimic NCAA event
Larger crowds are coming downtown for events
More new bridges 
More road improvements
More support for citizens to make a difference!

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