Maureen PeroPresident, DowntownDayton Partnership
LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY
Dear Downtown Friends:
In recent years, downtown has experienced signiﬁcant progress on several fronts. Downtown hasattained some of the lowest housing vacancy rates in our region as more and more people decide toenjoy the unique urban lifestyle one can only ﬁnd in downtown Dayton.Last year, more than 500,000 people took advantage of RiverScape MetroPark for festivals, music andlaser shows, and arts patrons enjoyed unforgettable performances, concerts and exhibits at downtownvenues. And, of course, we have enjoyed the excitement of the continued success of the DaytonDragons. Your downtown is vibrant, beautiful, and buzzing with activity.Downtown also faces some real challenges that must be addressed. Recently three of our long-termemployers have announced corporate relocations that will have a negative impact on our employmentbase. Although we have experienced job growth in certain segments like professional and health careservices, our overall job market is relatively ﬂat, reﬂecting regional economic trends. We are working withour economic development partners to develop a very focused recruitment strategy to reverse this trendand grow our downtown economy.Last year, downtown property owners approved the renewal of the Downtown Dayton Special Improve-ment District and a ﬁve-year services plan that will help us achieve our vision for downtown Dayton. The2006-2010 Services Plan and the capital projects associated with it are centered on ﬁve core strategiesgeared to achieving our vision.
Expand cultural, recreational, and entertainment
that is clean, safe and inviting.
for downtown Dayton, its property owners and its businesses.Yes, we face challenges, but we are optimistic and excited about the prospects for downtown’s future.We invite you to take a look at what’s in store for your downtown. There are numerous projects on thedrawing board that may fundamentally change the face of downtown if we are successful in implement-ing them.We thank our downtown property owners for their overwhelming support of the Special Improvement Dis-trict and our members for ﬁnancially supporting the Partnership. We also extend our gratitude to the manyindividuals who give of their time and talent to make downtown a better place, and to those who supportdowntown and the businesses and organizations that make our city center so special. By working together,we can be successful.Sincerely,
Michael Greitzer Rhine McLin Maureen Pero
Co-Chair Co-Chair PresidentMichael GreitzerPresident, Miller ValentineRhine McLinMayor, City of Dayton