The proposed Water Street development in downtown Dayton is one step closer to reality. The Dayton Plan Commission gave approval to the Water Street Project. The private redevelopment effort would span almost the whole stretch of riverfront from Riverscape Park to Tech Town. Support for the $36 million effort was overwhelming at Tuesday night’s meeting.
"The developer has money, has experience, knows what he’s doing, he’s not coming saying give me money, I’ll build it, he’s bringing money from Columbus to here," says Sandy Mendelson, a downtown businessman.
Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley with a group of local government leaders announcing the Great Miami River master plan. Next to him, Janet Bly with the Miami Conservancy District, who led the effort to secure funding for the study.
Montgomery County voted on Tuesday to put $50,000 towards a Great Miami River master plan. More than a dozen cities and towns along the river are also pitching in to match funds provided by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a program that helps states plan waterfront development.
The local partnership with the Corps is headed off by the Miami Conservancy District, and participants hope it will help turn the river into a regional cash cow.
In a report released Tuesday, an employment firm called Manpower found that 20 percent of employers in the Dayton area plan to hire in the next three months. That’s up from 18 percent last year, constituting a marginal increase.
But Tom Maher with Manpower in Dayton is optimistic.
Last week was a big week for robots: the Dayton Water Department signed a contract to look into using robots to inspect sewers, and the Public Works Department made a deal to acquire 18 new solar-powered trash compactors. City officials say automation in the city’s trash and sewers could save time and money.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman met with farmers in the Dayton area Wednesday to talk about the farm bill. The bill, which is up for renewal, subsidizes both agribusiness and food stamps.
The farmers want a new bill passed soon to protect crop insurance, a federally-subsidized program that helps farmers cope when nature destroys their crops. But Portman recently voted against the Senate version of the omnibus bill.