Under Construction

Thursdays during Morning Edition

Under Construction is WYSO’s series on growth in the greater Dayton area. We dig underneath the physical and economic markers of growth to look at the human consequences. Check back Thursdays for new installments.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Can The Dayton Airport Be A Hub For Development? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Janet Bednarek

An airplane at the Vectren Dayton Airshow, a yearly event at the Dayton Airport.
Credit eawortman / Flickr/Creative Commons

Janet Bednarek, a professor of history at the University of Dayton, specializes in airports—and in the idea of the airport as a hub for economic growth. She thinks airports bring a lot of potential, but there are also limitations; ultimately, she says, corporations decide where they want to go, and an “if you build it, they will come” approach can backfire.

“Dayton has always tried to capitalize on the fact that we’re at the intersection of two major interstates,” says Bednarek. “It just seems like the ability to capitalize on that hasn’t seemed to happen yet.”

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Moraine Economy Still “Dog-Paddling”: WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To City Manager David Hicks

Moraine City Manager Dave Hicks says the city isn't out of the woods yet in terms of finances.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The City of Moraine is asking voters to approve a .5 percent increase to its municipal income tax in the Tuesday, May 6 primary election. Moraine City Manager David Hicks says the south Dayton town is in a tough spot financially—and still dealing with empty buildings and polluted superfund sites years after the departure of industry that created it.

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Plugging Dayton's Brain Drain: WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Laura Estandia

UpDayton holds yearly summits to plan new projects.
Credit Alex Grodkiewicz / UpDayton

Dayton’s got a problem with brain drain—young people get an education here, then leave to use those skills somewhere else. The organization UpDayton was created in part to combat that, and it’s now in its sixth year and holding a summit this Friday.

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Secrecy At The Dayton Development Coalition? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Lynn Hulsey

Jeff Hoagland, CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, speaking at the coalition's 2014 annual event.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

This week on Under Construction we’re talking accountability: how are public funds for economic development spent and how are they tracked? Dayton Daily News investigative reporter Lynn Hulsey recently found the Dayton Development Coalition isn’t forthcoming with that information. The coalition, which is a nonprofit, funnels millions in government funds to local development projects.

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Under Construction
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Shopping Local As A Way To Rebuild: WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Catherine Crosby

Catherine Crosby heads the Dayton Human Relations Council.
Credit Dayton Human Relations Council

People in West Dayton and Trotwood, among other parts of the Dayton area, have seen scores of businesses boarded up, from banks to grocery stores to Best Buy and Target.

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