The rather active UpDayton group from the Dayton Create group hosted this young creative summit. The Dayton Daily News has a report here, plus the usual entertaining comments.
Esrati blogged a critique of the process (which sounds like a variation on one of those strategic planning "colored dot" exercises). It's Great in Dayton has an additional critique of the process. Perhaps the other bloggers will join in soon with comments at their sites.
Here are the four initiatives to come out of the summit, courtesy of the Dayton Daily News:
- Community Programs for Youth: Particularly targeting youth who are in the downtown areas after school and engaging them in activities that are especially coordinated for them.
- Communication Hub: Web-based information source about all regional events and items unique to the region. Site would also provide an inventory of all Dayton region attributes (events, parks, cultural opportunities, etc.)
- Grow Downtown Dayton: Work in partnership with city and business leaders to focus on downtown Dayton in demonstrating more reasons to enjoy the region (such as places to live, eat, and shop). Goal is to promote and attract popular venues/entertainment options to the center of the city.
- Wayne Ave. Corridor: Create a more interesting, colorful and lively corridor with a well-lit walkway along Wayne between Third and Fifth streets. Work with businesses to clean up and provide unique options.
Notable is that three of the four were specfic to downtown. The communcations hub is the only one that has broader applications for the rest of metropolitan area.
And we've already heard about two of these (pedestrian unfreindly Wayne Avenue and "growing downtown") as they were discussed at DaytonMostMetro at various times (not to mention the obvious intersection with that Greater Downtown Plan).
Yet is all this really going to keep people in the region or attract them here? The closing lines at the DDN article hints at something maybe more basic and fundamental than these four action items:
Topping the list of needs, according to several participants interviewed, are jobs.
“I look at Dayton and I say it doesn’t look too much different than Detroit. Just smaller,” Lewis said.Well, actually Detroit has a Hamtramck. Dayton doesn't.