Economic Development in Dayton OH

Dayton Ohio has a lot of economic development organizations and directors of our many small fiefdoms. Often, one battles another in a shell game moving jobs from one jurisdiction to another. The ideas here are ways to transcend the political boundaries and create real economic growth opportunities.

My parents and I received a postcard in the mail today asking us “On May 6, voter FOR ISSUE 6 and RENEW DAYTON.” My father, a senior, who is relatively astute, said that he read it- and has no clue what Issue 6 is. Dayton is a Great City. Let’s Keep It That Way! For […]

On Valentine’s day in 2007 I wrote a post that said: we do a lousy job of clearing the streets in Dayton and there should be no excuse. via The economic impact of snow days. Of course there was more in that post, including the question of why every truck in the city wasn’t turned […]

The people who live in Dayton don’t have much money. The people who work in Dayton, who were taxed without a say in the matter do have money, but many of them are skedaddling to tax-free havens of the townships and places without an income tax. The craziest part of this new order is the […]

Dear Economic Development Director, Anytown USA I’m considering moving, and am interested in seeing what kind of relocation incentive package your community will offer me. I’ve watched municipalities in my current location battle each other for developments and job creation numbers, offering all kinds of corporate welfare to justify their existence. I figure I bring […]

Apparently the cost of a hall pass to tear down a historic structure is $500. You can probably even skip paying that, if you can get the blame shifted to city staffers who never run the risk of getting fired (unless you either get caught with child porn on your computer or you blow the […]

A neighbor asked me to help find a tenant for her half double last week. She’s not that computer literate and very busy. I posted on Facebook, Nov 20 around 1:30pm: To all my friends who want to live in South Park- my neighbor ___________ has a half a double on Adams Street. 2 bedroom, […]

Despite being bombed into the ground during WWII, Berlin today looks much like prewar Berlin. In London, despite being bombed, landmarks all don’t show the marks of war. In Dayton, someone makes a permitting mistake, a demolition contractor begins to demolish a building that wasn’t supposed to be torn down- and they let the work […]

Karen Wick Gagnet and Jim Gagnet are like family to me. I’ve known them for over 20 years. I’ve watched in amazement as Jim has set his sights on redevelopment and done things that others wouldn’t even dream of. The list of his successes is formidable. At one point, he was teamed up with Tom […]

[Full disclosure, my firm The Next Wave has done work for Tonia and Joe Fish in the past. She spreads her work around, so there is no ongoing relationship.] Last night, there was a long line at the Zombie Dogz food truck, which was the first truck of food truck row, lined up in a […]

I was hanging a basketball net yesterday behind a pretty rough looking apartment house. As I pulled up, in my Volvo wagon, to ask if they’d like a new net, I was thinking it’s good that I have a magnet on the side of the car saying “Esrati puts nets on rims” – because I […]