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The new Montgomery County Fairground's main event center.
Jerry Kenney

The 166th Montgomery County Fair opens next month at its new location. The site is virtually double the size of the old fairgrounds, adjacent to Miami Valley Hospital downtown.

 

Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board President John Yancik says the county’s new fairgrounds marks a new beginning for the event.

 

 

Yancik runs through some of the numbers.   

Your Voice Ohio: Envision A More Vibrant Ohio

Jun 21, 2018

What do vibrant states and communities look like?

There’s something refreshing about watching a diverse group of people come together on a difficult issue, recognize their differences yet figure out where they agree on a course of action.

Journalists across Ohio watched that happen the last several months as we sat with hundreds of people who shared views on the addiction crisis and within two hours, in 11 different locations, arrive at similar solutions.

West Jefferson will become home to Amazon's latest Ohio distribution center, slated to open by the end of 2019.
West Jefferson

The small village of West Jefferson will soon be home to Seattle-based tech giant Amazon’s sixth Ohio distribution center. Preparations are already underway on the massive "fulfillment center" building, slated for Route 40 between Springfield and Columbus. 

Amazon’s new, more than 850,000-square-foot, $175 million facility has been in the works for just a few months, West Jefferson officials say, and the project is moving at an accelerated pace.

Evenflo is one of Miamisburg's largest employers.
City of Miamisburg Municipal Government Facebook page

Baby-product company Evenflo has announced dozens of jobs will be leaving Miamisburg. The changes were announced earlier in the week as part of Evenflo’s parent company Goodbaby North America’s  corporate restructuring.

Under the plan, the company’s headquarters will relocate to Boston and eliminate roughly 60 jobs in Miamisburg within the next year.

Officials say the move will begin in the summer of 2018 and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.

Springfield-based EF Hutton recently launched Meggalife, a social media site designed to help users earn money for retirement while pointing and clicking online.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Two years ago, investment company EF Hutton relocated its headquarters to Springfield, Ohio.

The firm accepted a generous tax-incentive package, promising to invest millions of dollars and create up to 400 jobs in the city.

Some Springfielders say EF Hutton’s progress on these ambitious goals has been too slow. Now, EF Hutton officials hope a newly launched social-media investment platform will help convince the naysayers.

The Dayton Development Coalition annual meeting in 2017.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Representatives from a broad range of business, government and military organizations gathered downtown Wednesday afternoon for the Dayton Development Coalition's annual meeting. 

Around 800 people attended the event, which was held at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.

At the meeting, economic development officials touted what they say are signs of economic growth and continued economic recovery. A coalition survey finds the region attracted almost $1 billion in capital investment in 2017.

downtown dayton
Juliet Fromholt

The city of Dayton has been officially designated a Welcoming City, a status officials hope will spur economic development.

 

The certification recognizes Dayton’s efforts to integrate immigrants into the community. The city was audited by Welcoming America, a nonpartisan organization that evaluates programs and resources available to immigrants.

Clark County Seeks to Attract New Retailers

Nov 30, 2016
Springfield's Upper Valley Mall, built in 1971, has suffered from the loss of several anchor tenants.
Nicholas Eckhart / Flickr/Creative Commons

Texas based Buxton Co will be paid $50,000 to look at retail development options for several Springfield-area sites including the Upper Valley Mall, Bechtle Avenue  and the I-70 corridor.  Clark County wants to increase retail options for residents and attract new business to the area.

“We’re trying to build a retail base, because it keeps people shopping in Clark County, adds to the sales tax and enhances our local businesses," says Commissioner John Detrick.

Dan Patterson

The Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) has announced its list of priority projects for government funding requests for the year, with some pretty futuristic Air Force research at the top of the list.

Every year the coalition brings together a committee to decide on projects to advocate for in efforts to get state and federal money into the region. The goal is to unite the region around priority projects in areas including defense, health care and transportation.

The rotunda section of the Arcade is in urgent need of repair. downtown dayton
David Bohardt / Arcade Task Force

The downtown Dayton Arcade has been unoccupied for more than twenty years now.

But 52-year-old Daytonian Aquetta Knight remembers a time when it was hopping.

“Everybody I knew was down there,” she says. “They were the good old days.”

Her dad was a shoe repairman in the Arcade, which also housed a fresh meat market, fresh fish, a popcorn store and a grocery. She’s like a lot of residents who want nothing more than to see it open back up.

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