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New Building to Bring Together Three Community-Building Organizations, Create Opportunities for Community and Economic Development
A new two-story office building planned for one of the key development areas in the City of Dayton would bring together three distinctive community-building organizations under one roof, creating opportunities for broad-based innovative collaborations that could include scores of organizations.
The University of Dayton is planning to construct a new academic and office facility on University property at 1401 S. Main St. to house The Dayton Foundation, the Dayton Development Coalition and the University’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the community and for these organizations,” said University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina. “Each views the needs and opportunities of the Dayton community from very different perspectives and each offers unique resources to aid community and economic development, including around issues such as workforce development, preK-16 educational access and success, socioeconomic determinants of health, and reducing structural inequity.”
The Dayton Foundation and the Dayton Development Coalition have signed letters of intent to lease space in the 38,000-square-foot building, which would include offices for the three organizations and shared meeting space. While all details of the project are still being worked out, the University expects to break ground later this year. The DDC and The Dayton Foundation moves are contingent upon the finalization of project details.
“We are very excited about the possibilities,” said Craig Brown, chair of The Dayton Foundation’s Governing Board. “While each of the organizations would maintain their separate operations and identities, being in the same location would allow us to work together more closely to benefit the entire community.”
The Foundation works with many colleges, universities and other organizations throughout the region, and the location of the new building will open the door to developing an even deeper relationship with UD, said Michael Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation.
“There’s always been a strong relationship between the Foundation and UD, and this will allow us to leverage the talents of the University’s faculty, staff and students more broadly on leadership initiatives and other community projects,” Parks said.
“It’s an opportunity to do more good for the broader community,” he said.
Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, said the new location will place the coalition adjacent to two of its most high-profile projects, the $51-million GE Aviation EPIScenter and the $35-million Emerson Helix Innovation Center. Both are research facilities that tap the expertise and talent of UD students, faculty and staff.
“As we work to grow and recruit businesses to the Dayton region and State of Ohio, this new facility and the surrounding area will allow us to highlight some of our region’s best success stories,” Hoagland said. “We remain committed to Dayton’s urban core and the DDC will remain in the greater downtown area.”
Named for past UD President Emeritus Brother Ray Fitz, S.M., the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community works collaboratively with residents to support community-based, neighborhood partnerships and with students, faculty and staff to develop capacity for leadership in community building.
“This new space creates opportunities for deeper collaboration with all of our partners, which is at the heart of the University’s strategic vision to make a greater impact in our community,” said Hunter Phillips Goodman, executive director of the Fitz Center. “It not only allows the Fitz Center to grow, but it makes us truly accessible to community-based organizations that want to connect with our students, faculty and staff. So many opportunities come from connecting community and University resources. The possibilities are limitless.”
About The Fitz Center
The University of Dayton’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community cultivates servant leaders and creates just communities through reciprocal partnerships, engaged learning and scholarship, and community building. Its mission is to address the diverse, comprehensive, and interconnected challenges of urban neighborhoods and larger communities; create, share, and apply knowledge for the common good; and educate and prepare students for lives of impactful civic action. Its programs include community engaged learning and scholarship, the Rivers Institute and River Stewards, Semester of Service, Dayton Civic Scholars and the Dayton Corps.
About The Dayton Foundation
The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since its establishment in 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing more than 3,700 charitable funds that have provided nearly $900 million in grants to nonprofits locally and nationwide. Ranked among the top five percent of all community foundations in the nation for total assets, The Dayton Foundation is second among them in the number of charitable funds and third in the number of grants awarded.
About Dayton Development Coalition
The Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) is the leading economic development organization for the 14-county Dayton Region. Working closely with public and private regional partners, its mission is to recruit, expand and retain jobs. The DDC and the Dayton Region ranked as the nation’s top metro for economic development in 2008, 2009 and 2012 and runner-up in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. With the state’s largest single-site employer in its backyard, the DDC also focuses on advocating for the critical missions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and supporting the work of the United States Air Force. The Dayton Region was ranked as America’s top military community, being honored with the 2015 Community Excellence Award from the Association of Defense Communities, and was designated an ADC Great American Defense Community in 2016 - a testament to the collaborative efforts in support of Wright-Patt, America’s No. 1 Air Force base as ranked by the Air Force Times (2014).^ top of page
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