Here’s what people are saying about new Dayton region economic development plan

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The new Dayton Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

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Workforce and talent top the priority list.

The new Dayton Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy puts workforce development and talent attraction and retention at the top of the priority list for the 13-county region.

Infrastructure, vibrant communities, small business and entrepreneurship, and a resilient economy round out the list of priorities.

The five-year plan covers Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties.

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The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Dayton Development Coalition worked with community, government, education and business stakeholders across the region to develop the plan.

Here’s what some of those interviewed said about the Dayton Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS):

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Stacy Schweikhart is the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission director of strategy and engagement.

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Stacy Schweikhart is the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission director of strategy and engagement.

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Stacy Schweikhart is the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission director of strategy and engagement.

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Stacy Schweikhart, director of strategy and engagement for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

“The needs across our country for investment are so great and they’re more than anyone can fund all at once. So the reason this planning process is so important is that it helps our partners at the federal government know what the priorities are for our region so they can prioritize their own investments here in the region, across the state, in the Midwest region and across the country as a whole.”

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Julie Sullivan, Dayton Development Coalition executive vice president for regional development

Julie Sullivan, Dayton Development Coalition executive vice president for regional development

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Julie Sullivan, Dayton Development Coalition executive vice president for regional development

Julie Sullivan executive vice president for regional development for the Dayton Development Coalition

“Talent and workforce is by far our top priority and we’ve heard that loud and clear from the stakeholders that participated with the effort.”

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Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, Central State University associate provost for research

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Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, Central State University associate provost for research

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Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, Central State University associate provost for research

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Morakinyo A.O. Kuti, Central State University associate provost for research

“Enhancing the skills of underrepresented minorities, particularly African Americans, in the Miami Valley region will facilitate economic recovery and mitigate the disproportionately negative health, employment and education impacts on minorities in areas still struggling with the legacy of redlining and the most devastating pandemic setbacks. Further, increasing individual’s skills in the targeted, growing industries will make them resilient to future economic downturns.”

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Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein

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Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein

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Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein

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Shelley Dickstein, Dayton city manager

“The whole point for the feds is to create greater economic impact, economic resiliency, inclusive economic development. That’s really what their values are all about. So it makes sense that you would want something regionalized.”

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Horton Hobbs IV is vice president of economic development for the Greater Springfield Partnership

Horton Hobbs IV is vice president of economic development for the Greater Springfield Partnership

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Horton Hobbs IV is vice president of economic development for the Greater Springfield Partnership

Horton Hobbs IV, vice president of economic development for the Greater Springfield Partnership

“Certainly we have some headwinds facing us with inflation and interest rate increases. But as a whole the economic activity of our county has continued to be very brisk, not just in commercial and industrial development, but also in residential development.”

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Cassie Barlow, president of Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education

“It is also important to recognize that an economic development strategy relies on a strong workforce development strategy.”

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Hamilton Economic Development Director Jody Gunderson

Hamilton Economic Development Director Jody Gunderson

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Hamilton Economic Development Director Jody Gunderson

Jody Gunderson, Hamilton economic development director

“Your workforce is becoming the most valuable commodity a city can have. You see shortages of talent and that begins to dictate whether or not you can attract companies. A company doesn’t want one or two people applying for each available job. They want 20 or 25 people applying for each job. The more skilled people you have the more attractive you are to a company.”

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Middletown Assistant City Manager Nathan Cahall

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Middletown Assistant City Manager Nathan Cahall

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Middletown Assistant City Manager Nathan Cahall

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Nathan Cahall, Middletown assistant city manager

“(The CEDS) validates what our business community is telling us in terms of challenges and hurdles they have in terms of trying to grow and expand.”

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Whitney Barkley is the director of the Greater West Dayton Incubator at The Hub Powered by PNC Bank at the Arcade in Dayton. The incubator helps entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Whitney Barkley is the director of the Greater West Dayton Incubator at The Hub Powered by PNC Bank at the Arcade in Dayton. The incubator helps entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Whitney Barkley is the director of the Greater West Dayton Incubator at The Hub Powered by PNC Bank at the Arcade in Dayton. The incubator helps entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Whitney Barkley, director of the Greater West Dayton Incubator

“We’re really creating the opportunity for people to be exposed to new businesses, new ideas and really just a big opportunity for businesses to see some sustainability.”

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Robert N. Beeler is economic development lead at AES Ohio

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Robert N. Beeler is economic development lead at AES Ohio

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Robert N. Beeler is economic development lead at AES Ohio

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Robert N. Beeler, economic development lead at AES Ohio

“(The region) can pair electric, plus gas, plus water, plus workforce. Where those four intersect you have a winner. If you have a site that has the electrical capacity, the gas capacity, the water capacity and the people then that’s a win.”

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Montgomery County commissioner Judy Dodge.

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Montgomery County commissioner Judy Dodge.

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Montgomery County commissioner Judy Dodge.

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Judy Dodge, Montgomery County commissioner

“This plan acts as a guide, allowing us to continue building a strong, diversified and resilient regional economy for every single one of our citizens.”

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Steve Stanley, then-executive director of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, at the groundbreaking for expanding U.S. 40 near the Dayton International Airport last year. Stanley retired as executive director and is now a development specialist at the TID.

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Steve Stanley, then-executive director of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, at the groundbreaking for expanding U.S. 40 near the Dayton International Airport last year. Stanley retired as executive director and is now a development specialist at the TID.

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Steve Stanley, then-executive director of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, at the groundbreaking for expanding U.S. 40 near the Dayton International Airport last year. Stanley retired as executive director and is now a development specialist at the TID.

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Steve Stanley, development specialist at the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District

“These things take time. You don’t just overnight expand water and sewer lines. You don’t build new roads overnight, especially if federal money is involved. And It takes a while to educate and help prepare a workforce.”

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Shannon Cox is superintendent of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center

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Shannon Cox is superintendent of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center

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Shannon Cox is superintendent of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center

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Shannon Cox, superintendent of the Montgomery County Educational Service Center

“We all need to do our parts. We need to understand that tomorrow’s workforce is in our school hallways today.”

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Angelia Erbaugh, president Dayton Region Manufacturers Association.

Angelia Erbaugh, president Dayton Region Manufacturers Association.

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Angelia Erbaugh, president Dayton Region Manufacturers Association.

Angelia Erbaugh, President of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association

“The value of the CEDS process, of course, is bringing together stakeholders from different business sectors and communities to work together to identify and advance strategic priorities that allow everyone in the region to flourish.”

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Matthew Schnipke is director of the Warren County Office Of Economic Development

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Matthew Schnipke is director of the Warren County Office Of Economic Development

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Matthew Schnipke is director of the Warren County Office Of Economic Development

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Matthew Schnipke, director of Warren County office of economic development

“Familiarity with the ways in which each community fits into the collective region is a key piece to discerning where we are and where we are going. Historically, Warren County has not gone after many federal funding opportunities in the economic development space but understands the need may arise in the future and views incorporation with the Dayton CEDS as a beneficial way to offer a fuller picture of the region.”

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