Guest Speaker: Ford Weber, City of Dayton Director of Economic Development
Today's meeting was held at Amber Rose restaurant on Valley Street.
· Barry Hall, president, opened the meeting, updating the group on new members of the “Unlucky 13” and the Community Awareness Program. He also discussed his recent interview with WDTN news regarding the crime level in Old North Dayton. He disputed their claim that Old North Dayton is the worse place in Dayton for minor crimes. When you consider that this is the largest neighborhood, the picture is quite different. Our decrease in crime in recent years has led to reduced staffing levels and patrols, but the officers that serve this area are dedicated to keeping our crime level down.
· Shelagh McGovern from MCBDDS/Monco has created a Facebook page for GONDBA! Please send any pictures or posts to Shelagh.
· Andy Badinghaus mentioned that there will be a Job Board for posting openings at local businesses. Please let Andy or Barry know if you have openings and he will facilitate the posting.
· Crime stats for our area included an uptick in aggravated assault, but mainly because one incident involved 3 victims. Thefts from motor vehicles is up (mainly car batteries) and there have been 3-4 garage/shed break-ins in the Deed/Leo area.
· The nuisance hearing for the property at 518 Leo St. was postponed and rescheduled for May 28.
Our featured speaker was Ford Weber, the new City of Dayton Director of Economic Development. Mr. Weber, an attorney, came from Toledo where he led the Lucas County Economic Development Corporation. Dayton has very similar demographics to the Toledo area and he saw an opportunity to make a difference. He said that he is excited to see the revitalization that’s happening in the downtown area and Dayton neighborhoods. He is working with the Dayton Coalition, CityWide Development and local business groups to develop economic strategies that will retain and expand current businesses, especially those that are adding value to Dayton by selling their products and services elsewhere (bringing money into Dayton from outside the local area). The quality of life aspects of the area, rivers, parks, bike paths, etc need to be attractive to young people in order to grow the area. Examples of areas that have been able to accomplish this include Pittsburgh and Chattanooga. For businesses and manufacturers to find our area attractive, we need to have better ways to recycle land and manufacturing facilities and improve infrastructure to create building inventory and “shovel-ready” property.
Barry closed the meeting by reminding everyone of National Night out in August!
for keeping our businesses strong! See you next month.
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