Business owners and officials of cities surrounding Wright Patterson Air Force Base say they are increasingly uneasy about possible furloughs brought on by sequestration.
Wright-Patterson Air could furlough up to 13,000 civilian employees for 22 days beginning in April if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to avert sequestration, or automatic defense and domestic spending reductions set to begin March 1st.
The Pentagon said Wednesday that those civilian employees could be notified by mid-March.
An annual Dayton festival planned around the start of the NCAA men's basketball tournament has been canceled this year.
Organizers said it was necessary because the NCAA is no longer permitting local sponsorships of public events surrounding the tournament.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the First Four Festival in the city's historic Oregon District was planned for March 17. The University of Dayton Arena is the annual site of the tournament's opening game, a "play-in" contest between the two lowest-seeded teams.
Dayton city officials have approved development plans for a $125 million racino on the former site of an automotive plant.
Construction is expected to begin this spring on the harness-racing track, which will include a 600-seat grandstand and 1,500 slots-like video terminals. It's being built on the site of a razed Delphi plant and is expected to open in mid-2014.
The Dayton Daily News reports that project is expected to create 1,000 jobs and another 1,000 during construction.
A gaming company says it plans to start laying the foundation for a new horse racing track in southwest Ohio in April, if weather permits demolition and environmental remediation work remains on schedule.
Penn National Gaming Inc. plans to open Hollywood Slots at Dayton Raceway on the site of a shuttered auto plant. But the track still faces some obstacles.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the gaming company's applications to state commissions to relocate Raceway Park from Toledo to Dayton and to become a video lottery sales agent are pending.