Special Improvement District Annual Meeting

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

For more information: Katie Meyer, 927-224-1518 ext. 224, meyer@downtowndayton.org

November 14, 2023 (DAYTON, Ohio) – The Downtown Dayton Partnership hosted an annual review of progress in the Special Improvement District (SID) on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, in one of the newly renovated areas of the Dayton Convention Center. Property owners, business leaders, community partners, and other key stakeholders gathered to hear updates highlighting recent progress from DDP staff and other guest speakers.

Highlights from the event included brief presentations from new DDP President Katie Meyer and others about progress across downtown. Pam Plageman with the Montgomery County Convention Facilities Authority also shared an update about the transformative construction now underway at the Dayton Convention Center. Meeting attendees were then given the opportunity to join the conversation and share their input through a live, interactive questionnaire about downtown and its future.

“We continue to see a strong rebound and further growth in our downtown with rising visitor numbers and private and public investment into our community,” said Katie Meyer, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “Visitor traffic to downtown Dayton has returned to 83% of pre-pandemic levels, which is on par with or ahead of several other major U.S. cities. $200 million in projects have been completed this year alone and we saw the addition of 34 new businesses, 120 new hotel rooms, and 196 new housing units with much more still on the way. These successful projects are adding to the strong momentum in our community and inspiring more and more people to invest in downtown Dayton.”

From this year’s presentation, big numbers came out of the SID:

  • $200 million in projects from public and private-sector investments in Greater Downtown Dayton have been completed so far in 2023. $435 million in projects are currently underway.
  • Hospitality development continues with the addition of 120 new hotel rooms downtown and 412 more in the pipeline.
  • A strong demand to live downtown saw the addition of 196 new housing units in this year. Another 519 units are currently under construction with 103 in the pipeline.
  • 34 new businesses opened their doors in 2023.
  • 53 businesses are participating in the newly expanded Downtown Dayton DORA, the largest in the state of Ohio.
  • Downtown continues to become more vibrant with the addition of murals and public art. 15 more Art Wraps were installed in 2023 bringing the total to 30.
  • Downtown Dollars have a 70% redemption rate. More than $66,000 in Downtown Dollars have been redeemed at downtown businesses this year.
  • The Downtown Ambassadors continue to earn high praise from downtown businesses and property owners for the work they do to keep the city clean and safe.

Visit downtowndayton.org for more information about the Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District and the Downtown Dayton Partnership.


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