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
6:31 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Want A Drone? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks Regulations With Maurice McDonald

A quadcopter ready for flight at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Right now, if you can spare the cash, you can buy your own drone—or unmanned aerial vehicle, as the industry likes to call them. You can buy local, too, because the Dayton area is trying to shape itself as a hub for the growing commercial drone industry. In a couple years local companies would like to be using them for agricultural purposes, emergency response, entertainment, even surveillance.

"The FAA really needs to address the procedures and policies associated with flying these systems," says Maurice McDonald at the Dayton Development Coalition.

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The Economy & Business
7:33 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Can A Neighborhood Improve Without Gentrifying? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To Jan Lepore-Jentleson

Twin Towers in Dayton. St. Mary's Church, in the background, is central to the neighborhood's history.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Twin Towers neighborhood in Dayton was established more than a hundred years ago, and it’s been through a lot. Recently 84 new houses opened in the area for low-income families through a public-private partnership organized by East End Community Services. But what does this mean for a neighborhood trying to turn itself around?

 

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Workforce Woes: WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman

This week at WYSO we’ve been talking about the future of manufacturing. A lot of area manufacturers say the business is growing, but they need better-trained young people to carry the torch. They aren’t the only employers struggling to fill job openings, despite high unemployment in the region. So why are so many young people falling through the cracks?

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Doing Battle With 'Bots, In Hopes Of A Stronger Workforce

Shannon Osterfeld (center) operated "Mo" in a winning match.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

Manufacturing has been an economic mainstay of the Miami Valley for decades. But manufacturing is changing: today it’s increasingly high-tech, and the industry is struggling to remake its image and get more young people interested.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Dayton-Area Manufacturers Have An Image Problem

The Staub Manufacturing Solutions shop is clean and well-lit, a far cry from the image of the old manufacturing industry.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

From 2000 to 2009, manufacturing jobs in the greater Dayton area were cut in half as businesses consolidated, closed, or went overseas.

“Everything really just kinda died for us,” says Steve Staub, the head of Staub Manufacturing Solutions.

Jobs drained out of the region, around 40,000 in total, and just a few thousand have been added since 2010—not exactly a roaring comeback. But now the remaining workforce is aging, and area manufacturers are having a hard time finding young, educated workers to fill positions doing increasingly high-tech work.

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