Provide leadership and plan for downtown’s future, be the primary advocate for property owners, and bring stakeholders together to champion opportunities and address challenges.

The DDP works with its partners to strategically look at short- and long-term development opportunities for downtown. That work is centered on coordinating and implementing the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a
comprehensive economic development
blueprint for the future of our downtown.


Enhance downtown Dayton’s image as our region’s premier center for businesses, arts, entertainment and recreation, and a thriving residential neighborhood.

Marketing downtown as a positive place to live, work and play is critical to future development,
as it positions downtown in a positive light and improves public perceptions about our center city.

The DDP helps promote downtown businesses, amenities, events and more through a wide variety of tools, including email blasts, print pieces and collateral, some advertising, aggressive social media and public relations efforts, and more.


Stimulate economic activity in downtown’s core through the development of under-utilized properties and growing the downtown employer base.

The Downtown Dayton Partnership provides targeted services that positively impact the downtown business environment while working with partners, property owners and businesses to promote job growth.

The DDP’s Site Seeker program, property listings, and other resources help new businesses find their space downtown. Once they’re here, Retention & Expansion efforts and an attentive support system help them stay and thrive.

Learn more about the DDP’s many business services, resources, entrepreneurial support, and much more in the Doing Business section of this website, or contact us for more information.


Activate downtown’s public realm through targeted programs, beautification projects, and special activities/events that drive street-level vibrancy, improve walkability, and reinforce the center city’s unique sense of place.

The DDP coordinates activities and events that support economic growth and showcase downtown businesses and amenities. We also have several initiatives designed to activate first-floor storefronts, beautify and energize downtown’s streetscapes, and advocate for projects that improve the quality of urban design, wayfinding, and other contributions to downtown’s “sense of place.”


Maintain a downtown environment that is clean, safe, and welcoming.

The DDP, with the City of Dayton, develops and implements a coordinated public spaces management program to maintain and enhance downtown Dayton as a clean, safe and welcoming environment.

The primary component of the Clean & Safe efforts is the Downtown Dayton Ambassador Program. The ambassadors are on the streets year-round providing cleaning and safety services. you can read more about them here.



We may be the only organization focused specifically on downtown Dayton, but downtown’s success is a group effort. Many businesses and organizations contribute in many ways to downtown’s positive momentum, and those collective efforts are what makes downtown Dayton a great place to be.

Here are some of the many partner organizations we work closely with toward downtown’s success:



If you’re looking for help or you’d like more information about our services, give us a call at (937) 224-1518 or contact us through this site.