In this issue….
- 15th ED Summit: Register for Region’s Premier Economic Development Event
- I-70/75 Members Learn Base Realignment Possible
- Land Bank Demolitions Outpace Projections
- Fairborn Appoints New City Manager
- Manufacturer Moving HQ to Austin Road
- City Attracts Regional Workforce
- School Districts Save Thousands with Energy Projects
- Local Firm Provides Critical Clean Room Services
- Firm Again Named ‘Best Place to Work’
- AFRL Investing in Innovators
- About the Association
May 25 Summit: All You Need to Know about Economic Development in the Dayton Region and Beyond
Don’t miss your opportunity to attend I-70/75’s 15th Annual Economic Development Summit, the Dayton region’s premier event for economic development professionals. It’s a full day of learning exactly what you need to know to excel at your job. You’ll get the latest news on proposals, plans and projects on the region’s development landscape and also delve into broader industry trends. The daylong event is slated for Thursday, May 25, at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center, 301 W. Fourth St., Building 12.
You’ll hear from expert speakers on trending topics in real estate, finance, incentives and how they affect regional projects. And with some 200 attendees representing local government, public agencies, business and industry, real estate, banking, higher education, professional services firms and economic development organizations, chances are you’ll connect with longtime acquaintances and make important new contacts.
One of this year’s headliners will be national site selector Tracey Hyatt Bosman, managing director of Chicago-based Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co. Previously the director of strategic consulting with Grubb & Ellis, Tracey has 20 years of professional experience across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, headquarters, back office and contact-center operations, logistics and data centers.
The cost, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and networking reception, is just $75 per person for I-70/75 Association members and $100 for non-members.
Look for a special email notice from the Association or register now by visiting the I-70/75 website.
DDN: I-70/75 Members Learn Base Realignment Possible
A front-page Dayton Daily News article recently reported on the I-70/75 Development Association’s February meeting in which Dayton Development Coalition president and CEO Jeff Hoagland discussed the possibility of another round of military-base realignments.
Members of Congress have stated they will propose legislation to launch a Base Realignment and Closure – or BRAC – process that could affect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard Base. The process would not be completed until 2019 or later.
The stakes are high when it comes to Wright-Patterson, which provides 27,500, direct jobs and another 34,500 indirect jobs and $4 billion plus in direct economic impact in the region.
Cautiously optimistic, Hoagland believes Wright-Patterson and the Dayton region are well positioned because the intellectual capital of the United States Air Force is headquartered here.
The last BRAC, in 2005, brought good news to the region, including 1,200 direct jobs in aerospace medicine, 250 jobs in sensors and $350 million in construction at the base.
According to the DDN article, Arlington, Va.-based defense analyst Loren Thompson doesn’t believe a BRAC is likely, although if it does take place, Wright-Patterson should see it as an opportunity. “Wright-Patterson is probably the best-run base in the United States Air Force,” he added.
The DDC will host its annual “fly-in” to Washington, D.C., on April 25 and 26, giving regional leaders the opportunity to meet with key decision makers in the capital.
Land Bank Demolitions Outpace Projections
Just over 300 nuisance properties have been removed from neighborhoods in eight Montgomery County communities since 2014, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Montgomery County Land Bank and local jurisdictions, as well as funding from Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Neighborhood Initiative Program.
NIP’s goals are to stabilize property values in neighborhoods and prevent the spread of foreclosures and home abandonment by removing and “greening” vacant and blighted properties in targeted areas.
Having outpaced program requirements in 2014 and 2015, the Land Bank was well positioned in 2016 to compete for additional funds from Ohio’s share of the federal government’s Hardest Hit program. As a result, the Land Bank was awarded a total of $12 million last year to continue acquisition and demolition of nuisance properties in “tipping point” neighborhoods.
By the end of 2016, the program had seen 367 properties acquired and 306 properties demolished. The latest round of funds will allow the Land Bank to raze an additional 730 properties, bringing the total estimated properties demolished under the program to approximately 1,100.
Fairborn Appoints New City Manager
Fairborn City Council recently named Rob Anderson to the position of city manager. Citing his experience, education and development expertise, especially in the Dayton region, council selected him from a field of 30 candidates from across the U.S.
Rob began his public-sector career as a city planner in Kettering and then went on to become assistant city manager and city manager in Vandalia. He also held the position of development director in Clayton and, most recently, economic development director in Fairborn.
He has been a member of the I-70/75 Development Association for 10 years.
“I’ve had some success in leveraging my partnerships in the development community to bring about positive change in Fairborn,” he said. “Council’s #1 priority is economic development, so the contacts and friendships I have made through the I-70/75 association will definitely help me achieve that goal.”
Rob is a Greene County native and an adjunct professor at Wright State University’s College of Urban Affairs. He earned his Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati followed by his Master of Public Administration from Wright State University.
Manufacturer Moving HQ to Austin Road
United Grinding North America broke ground this past fall on a $13 million North American headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near the Interstate 75 interchange with Austin Boulevard. Jason Rudzinski of Mark Fornes Realty represented United Grinding in the purchase of the 15-acre site.
The company’s move represents a consolidation of operations from an existing facility on Earl Boulevard in Miamisburg and Fredericksburg, Virginia, as well as Canada and Mexico.
United Grinding, a maker of precision machine parts, currently has 100 employees and has committed to adding 40 more high-paying jobs by the end of 2020.
City Attracts Regional Workforce
Piqua has been named a “labor magnet” by the national workforce intelligence and consulting firm, Growth Services Group. GSG recently completed a Labor Commuting Certification for the city of Piqua that provides information about the workforce available in the area.
“What this confirms is that we do have strong employers here in Piqua that are able to attract a workforce regionally,” said Justin Sommer, Piqua’s assistant city manager and economic development director.
Other notable findings in the report include:
- Piqua has slightly more people working in the city than residents commuting outside the city for work.
- The total number of people employed in Piqua increased from 2004 to 2012 by 2.8 percent.
- In 2014, the 30-mile radius of Piqua had a net inflow of 8,291 workers.
- Nearly 27 percent of the people employed in Piqua work in the manufacturing field.
- Of Piqua’s total employed workforce, 74.2 percent live outside of Piqua.
Sommer noted that this reports helps the community identify strengths and opportunities for workforce development as well as shape the city’s economic development strategy.
“As we work to attract new business into the city, this study verifies to them that we’ll be able to pull the workforce that they need in order to grow and be successful,” Sommer said.
School Districts Save Thousands with Energy Projects
Two area school districts have exceeded savings estimates as a result of energy-management projects and enhancements planned and implemented by Energy Optimizers, USA.
Trotwood-Madison City Schools have saved more than $266,000 on energy costs after just one year of implementation. This exceeded projections by nearly $79,500. Electric usage is down by more than 30 percent and gas consumption by 20 percent following upgrades to the lighting, building controls and air filtration systems in all six district buildings.
Meanwhile, when Energy Optimizers, USA, implemented projects in Graham Local Schools three years ago, the district expected to save $81,885 per year on utility costs, over three years, for a total of $245,655. Actual savings were $409,681. Electric consumption was reduced by 32.4 percent, and gas consumption was down 24.2 percent.
In both cases, the savings have been normalized, or adjusted, to account for outliers in weather conditions and costs
“When we launched this project in 2014, we did it with the clear intention of reducing our energy consumption so that we could better invest our dollars where they matter—in the classroom,” said Janice Allen, Trotwood-Madison City Schools treasurer.
Local Firm Provides Critical Clean Room Services
Businesses that rely on the integrity of a clean room know that even small glitches can cause big headaches. Manufacturing defects, faulty scientific research and financial losses top the list of problems that occur when things go wrong in a pollutant-controlled environment.
High stakes like these have led Eastman Kodak to partner with its long-term HVAC-maintenance provider, Rieck Services, for upkeep of the company’s clean room equipment. This includes two chillers, four boilers, 21 air handlers and three high-volume exhausts within a 30,000-square-foot clean room at Eastman Kodak’s commercial printing operation at the Miami Valley Research Park.
Maintaining a clean room is no simple task. A clean room has a controlled level of contamination that is specified by the number of particles per cubic meter at a specified particle size.
“The clean room is the most critical piece of our Dayton operation facility. More than half of that space is cleaner than an operating room,” said Rob Elicker, Health Safety and Environmental manager for Kodak’s Digital Imaging Solutions in Dayton.
“Rieck has been a critical partner in helping us maintain the integrity of our clean room environment for quite a few years, and the partnership has been great for our Dayton operations.”
Firm Again Named ‘Best Place to Work’
For the second year in a row, Choice One Engineering, has been named the number one civil engineering firm to work for in the nation by the Zweig Group’s “Best Firms to Work For.”
According to the Zweig Group, the Best Firms to Work For is “a prestigious list honoring the creation of outstanding workplaces at architecture, engineering, surveying, and environmental consulting firms. These firms have been recognized for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels and create an environment where their people feel valued, can make a difference, and can clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm.”
This award comes only a few months after Choice One Engineering’s recognition as a three-time Dayton Business Journal 2016 “Best Place to Work.”
Choice One Engineering has offices in Sidney and Loveland, Ohio, and Portland, Indiana.
AFRL Investing in Innovators
January’s I-70/75 membership meeting featured a presentation on the Air Force Research Lab-sponsored Maker Hub, a collaborative space in which the Dayton area’s inventors, innovators and tinkerers can bring their original ideas to life by designing, building and testing rapid prototypes.
The Hub, located at the Wright Brothers Institute’s Tec^Edge facility, 5000 Springfield St. in Dayton, provides individuals a problem-solving environment, as well as access to the tools of innovation. These include open-source software and entry-level, desktop versions of advanced manufacturing equipment, such as 3-D printers, Computer Numerical Control mills, a laser cutter, a full electronics workstation and a printed circuit board prototyping tool.
The AFRL Maker Hub is open to all government civilian and on-site contractors at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at no cost. Community members, including startups, entrepreneurs, academics and others, may apply for a membership for a small fee.
The Maker Hub is a natural fit for the Wright-Patterson community, according to AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate researcher Dr. Emily Fehrman Cory, who conceived and spearheaded the program.
“Many people think of the Maker Movement in terms of hobbyists, from hand crafters, to electronics enthusiasts, to 3-D designers. Many work here at the base,” she said. “But what the Maker Movement is really about is problem-solving by doing, in a collaborative environment where people of different skill sets and backgrounds work together to create real-world solutions.”
AFRL has also ramped up its support for the work of entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs who may find commercial applications for taxpayer-supported military research to start or expand a business, according to AFRL’s Chief Intrapreneur Ryan Helbach. The organization’s investment in technology transfer in Ohio is more than $23 million, mostly in the Dayton area.
The funding is divided among programs geared toward universities, AFRL scientists, entrepreneurs, small businesses and industry, he said.
About the Association
The I-70/75 Development Association brings together more than 100 of southwest Ohio’s most progressive businesses, local governments, economic development organizations, special districts and jurisdictions, as well as some 250 individuals, all working toward building a stronger Dayton region. With its 20+ year history, the association strives to improve the region’s development opportunities through professional development, networking and information sharing. The association sponsors monthly programming activities in addition to its annual Economic Development Summit.
For more information, please visit the I-70/75 Development Association website.