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Spring 2018 Newsletter

For the Members of the I-70/75 Development Association

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In this issue….

  • Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Economic Development Summit – May 24
  • Bridge Project has Its Own Interactive Map
  • Broker Helping to Transform Former Nuclear Weapons Site
  • Patriot Engineering Welcomes New Senior Project Manager
  • Country Club Expects $36K Savings in Annual Energy Costs
  • Candy Maker Scores Sweet Deal
  • Founded by ‘Flying Dutchman,’ 125-Year Old Company Celebrates Milestone
  • Agency Helps Small Businesses Succeed
  • Association Welcomes New Members
  • Miss a Meeting, Miss a Lot
  • Save the Date: I-70/75 Golf Outing
  • About the Association

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Economic Development Summit May 24

ED SummitIf you’re a professional working in economic development or related field, be sure to register the I-70/75 Development Association’s 15th Annual Economic Development Summit.

  • When: Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Where: Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center, Building 12, 301 W. Fourth Street, Dayton
  • Cost: Members $75; nonmembers $100 (includes registration, parking, meals & reception)

Here why the Summit is a can’t-miss opportunity:

1. You deserve a day of focused professional development.

2. The morning keynote speaker is Ryan Jenkins, a recognized expert and author of the book, The Millennial Manual: The Complete How-To Guide to Manage, Develop, and Engage Millennials at Work. Ryan will help you be better prepared to lead, engage and succeed in today’s multi-generational marketplace.

3. The closing speaker is Trevor Hamilton, site selector with Pegasus Partners. He’ll share insider insights into exactly what companies are looking for and what it takes to win in today’s competitive environment.

4. You’ll be up to speed on new ED trends and projects. Local and regional experts will present on real estate, finance, workforce development, redevelopment and revitalization and transportation.

5. The Summit is the region’s premier opportunity for you to take advantage of all-day networking with colleagues and experts in your field.

6. The meals and snacks are legendary. At the end of the day, you can wind down and refresh at a closing reception.

7. At $75 for members and $100 for nonmembers, the price is right for the full day of learning plus meals, reception and free parking.

8. Exhibitors will offer a passport program for the opportunity to win prizes.

9. You might get lucky and win one of the outstanding lunchtime door prizes.

10.Sinclair’s Ponitz Center is convenient and easy to navigate.

Don’t delay. Registration online today.

Bridge Project has Its Own Interactive Map

Keowee Bridge mapRoad closures are never easy for affected businesses, but the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office has tried to ease the pain by creating an interactive online map that allows interested customers to more easily navigate detours.

The project to replace the 83-year-old Keowee Street Bridge has been underway since the first of 2018, according to Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner. The new, five-lane bridge will be a 550-foot-long, pre-stressed concrete, I-girder structure with overlooks on both sides.

The $9.3 million project will be completed in September 2019. More than 70 percent of the funds are coming from federal bridge and surface transportation programs.

Extensive planning went into creating detours for the bridge, which normally carries 20,000 vehicles daily. A detour has also been put in place for cyclists using the Great Miami River Trail.

The Engineer’s Office is keeping businesses and other stakeholders informed about construction progress through regular email updates.

Broker Helping to Transform Former Nuclear Weapons Site

Mound Business Park

There’s more to Mound Business Park than meets the eye. The 306-acre site began in 1946 as the US Department of Energy’s Mound Laboratories, and for nearly 50 years it was at the forefront of nuclear-weapon and space-exploration research and development. In its heyday, it was home to 2,500 employees and more than 100 buildings.

After the Cold War, the federal government closed the site and donated it for commercial redevelopment to the Mound Development Corporation, a nonprofit community improvement corporation created by the city of Miamisburg. A $1.1 billion environmental-remediation program cleaned up the property to industrial standards.

Mound Business Park is now self-sustaining, thanks in part to the Miller-Valentine Group. The firm has brokered five sales and nine leases, attracting companies mainly in industries such as alternative- and renewable-energy technologies, medical, aerospace and defense.

A good example of MVG’s approach relates to Mound tenant, the Montgomery County Consolidated Dispatch Center. The county had been leasing the space when the broker sold the facility to a private investor for $5.2 million. With this transaction, the investor has a guaranteed lessee for 10 years, plus two vacant, leasable floors. And the Mound Business Park not only completed a sale but is no longer obligated to maintain the building.

Also calling the park home is Alien Workshop, a marketing and creative firm owned by skateboarder and MTV star Rob Dyrdek. This business transformed a 5,800-square-foot former emergency-backup command center into a design studio.

MVG continues to market Industrial and office space and shovel-ready sites. For more information about Mound Business Park, contact MVG’s Gerry Smith at 937-293-0900.

More from Miller-Valentine Group…

Another MVG project involves the construction of a 65,000-square-foot office addition for R+L Carriers in Wilmington, Ohio, a family owned freight shipping company. Completion is scheduled for May 31, 2018.

Patriot Engineering Welcomes New Senior Project Manager

Rick Ordeman_Patriot Eng

Patriot Engineering and Environmental Inc., a full-service geotechnical-engineering, environmental-consulting and materials-testing firm welcomes Rick Ordeman, CP, P.G., senior project manager, to its technical staff. A longtime member of I-70/75, Rick brings 29 years of experience in providing expertise in the areas of environmental assessments, site investigations, remediation design and implementation, brownfields redevelopment, Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program and closed-landfill assessment and monitoring.

He is an Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program Certified Professional and holds a professional geologist license in Georgia. He is active in numerous professional organizations and has provided numerous presentations to trade associations and the legal community on a variety of technical topics.

Patriot has 11 offices in the Midwest and Southeast US.

Country Club Expects $36K Savings in Annual Energy Costs

NCR CC Facility

Last year, NCR Country Club took advantage of a Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce benefit of a no-cost audit by Energy Optimizers, USA, which included a 24-month utility-bill analysis. The audit showed that energy-saving upgrades could save the country club $36,000 per year in utility costs.

NCR retained Energy Optimizers, USA, for a project to replace all the clubhouse’s interior and exterior lighting with high-efficiency LED lighting systems. Also included are energy-saving upgrades to the kitchen’s exhaust systems and temperature controls.

“The LED upgrades in particular are going to be a tremendous benefit to our club and our membership and are in line with our on-going strategic vision of being friendly to the environment,” said Jeff Grant, chief operating officer for the country club.

Candy Maker Scores Sweet Deal

esther price fine chocolatesFor 92 years, Dayton’s iconic candy maker, Esther Price Fine Chocolates, has been turning opportunities into sweet successes. Its recent experience with the Montgomery County Land Bank is no different.

For years, company officials had wanted to provide a secure parking lot for employees at the Wayne Avenue production and retail facility. And then the ideal situation developed right across the street, as ownership of four distressed parcels – mostly abandoned, tax delinquent or scheduled for demolition by the Land Bank – began to transition.

After starting to research the next steps on their own, company officials learned they could get help from the Land Bank. The agency worked through a year-long process to acquire the properties, demolishing two residences that were blighted. The four lots were then sold to the company at fair market price.

As owners, Esther Price officials are now making plans to provide their workers parking in a visible, fenced and landscaped lot. The neighborhood is free of the eyesores, and the community will benefit from the property taxes being paid.

“The Land Bank did all the legwork,” said Peggy Weaver, controller for Esther Price Candies. “Susan (Considine) knew every part of the process like the back of her hand.”

Founded by ‘Flying Dutchman,’ 125-Year-Old Company Celebrates Milestone

Rieck 125 yearsIn 1892, Herman F. Rieck started a small business installing sheet metal roofing and furnaces on Wayne Avenue in Dayton. People would often see him driving wildly through the streets of town on his horse and wagon, hurrying to keep his next appointment. He famously became known as the “Flying Dutchman.”

As Rieck’s reputation for customer service grew over the years, so did the business. In 1966, the company moved to a new building on Wadsworth Road, where it remains today. With 200 employees and a commitment to using the latest technologies, Rieck Services provides heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) services to commercial, industrial, institutional, educational and premier residential facilities.

Last year, the firm marked 125 years in business as one of the Dayton area’s leading mechanical contracting companies. The company celebrated with a community gathering where the 91-year-old Harold Rieck, who took over as owner in 1967, was honored.

The milestone year also provided the opportunity for company officials and employees to share their blessings. Rieck Services collected and delivered nearly 35,000 pounds of goods and $8,000 in donations to help people affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida last September.

Agency Helps Small Businesses Succeed

OEDA Matchmaker EventUnder the direction of RoShawn Winburn, MBAC works with owners of existing businesses, certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), certified Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE) businesses, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.

The center also provides a construction and plan room for those businesses involved in the construction sector.

The Greater Dayton MBAC is hosted by the city of Dayton Human Relations Council. For more information, call 937-333-1002 or visit the MBAC website.

Association Welcomes New Members

Welcome sign in officeWelcome to the following organizations that have recently joined the I-70/75 Development Association:

BA Land Professionals is a new land-surveying company that brings together the expertise of licensed professionals who have been providing services in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina since 1996. Equipped with the latest survey technology including robotic total stations, drones and GPS, they offer customers a wide range of surveying capabilities from topographic surveys to construction layouts.

Bayer Becker has provided design consulting services to public and private clients in the Greater Cincinnati area since 1968. With offices located in Cincinnati, Mason, Oxford, and Fort Mitchell, the firm’s staff are able to respond quickly and remain deeply connected in their communities. The firm has 60 employees, and the design team includes licensed civil engineers, traffic engineers, landscape architects, land planners, AutoCAD designers, surveying crews and construction-phase specialists. They provide innovative and cost-effective solutions in the areas of civil and transportation engineering, landscape architecture and planning and surveying services, utilizing new technologies and drawing upon regional resources to design projects of varying scales and complexity.

Conger Construction Group, a solutions-based commercial construction corporation based in Lebanon, Ohio, was established in 1992 with a resolve to offer a higher standard of quality as the norm for the construction of commercial facilities . The firm is proficient in a variety of delivery methods with concentrations in education/institutional, manufacturing/industrial, medical office buildings, assisted living facilities, religious organizations and professional office facilities. Its current projects include Middletown High School and Middle School, Butler Technology LeSourdsville Campus, Warren County Sports Park, and Beavercreek Township Fire Station.

Shook Construction has been a mainstay of the construction industry in Greater Dayton since its founding in 1926. The company’s portfolio includes education, industrial, healthcare, retail, water resources, mission-critical and specialty projects, delivered via a variety of methods that respond to customers’ needs. Among Shook’s high-profile projects are Miami Valley Hospital’s 180,000-square-foot Southeast Tower addition and the 138,000-square-foot GE Aviation Episcenter at the University of Dayton.

Miss a Meeting, Miss a Lot

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There’s a lot to learn from the experts who present at I-70/75 membership meetings. Recent months are no exception. See below:

Steve Stanley, executive director of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, explained that the organization was created by in 2001 to expedite and finance high-priority  transportation-improvement and infrastructure projects to support significant economic development in Montgomery County and its region. “We are an implementing agency,” he said.

The TID’s role varies by project and may include

  • Technical advice
  • Project finance
  • Project management, and/or
  • Turnkey project delivery

The agency has been involved with projects such as the Austin interchange at I-75, Austin Landing infrastructure, Union Airpark Boulevard, Day Air cargo access, Brookville’s Market Street and the Byers connector road.

Fairgrounds to Future project manager Dodi Spaulding was on hand to explain the initiative to redevelop the 38-acre Montgomery County Fairgrounds site on South Main Street in Dayton. Project partners, the University of Dayton and Premier Health, are committed to creating a plan that builds on their respective institutional missions and values, promotes economic development and fosters a unique sense of place. The consulting firm, Planning NEXT, has been hired to facilitate the planning process.

According to Spaulding, eight design principles have been adopted and will guide future development:

  • A distinct but integrated “place” (24-hour place)
  • A high-quality public realm (including great edges)
  • Unique amenities to enliven streets and common spaces
  • Regard for the bluff and its potential
  • Respect for the site’s history
  • Connection to anchors and larger community
  • Concentrated mass in initial phase
  • Development progressing from the edges inward

Community input into the plan’s development has been a priority. As a result of outreach efforts, 600 people have been engaged through public workshops, stakeholder meetings and online opportunities.

Fairgrounds to Future can be reached by email at info@fairgroundstofuture.org.

Richard Stock, director of the University of Dayton’s Business Research Group, provided his annual update on the Dayton Region’s 2017 economy. He began with the good news: Dayton was Ohio’s fastest growing metropolitan area in terms of jobs. While the overall state growth was at 1 percent, in Dayton it reached 2.6 percent.

Here are additional highlights from the presentation:

  • Unemployment across the US was 4.1 percent. In Ohio, it was 4.4 percent, and in Dayton, it was 3.9 percent.
  • Dayton lost 34,800 jobs between March 2007 and March 2010. We’ve regained the job numbers, although they aren’t the same types of jobs.
  • Across Ohio, manufacturing accounts for 67.6 percent of jobs; in Dayton, it’s 57 percent.
  • Dayton’s job growth in the health and education sector has grown by 25 percent since 2007.
  • Local government employment in Dayton decreased by 7 percent between 2000 and 2018.
  • Because of the decline in manufacturing jobs, average weekly earnings in Dayton have declined from $918 to $744. The rest of Ohio is at $827, while the national earnings average is $906.

Save the Date: Annual Golf Outing Set

Close-up of male golfer teeing off

The I-70/75 Annual Golf Outing will take place Aug. 6 at Sugar Valley Golf Club in Xenia.

Stay tuned for details.


About the Association

I-70 75 square newsletter logoThe 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 200 individuals, all working toward building a stronger Dayton region. With its 30-year history, the association strives to improve the region’s development opportunities through professional development, networking and information sharing. The association sponsors monthly programming and networking activities in addition to its annual Economic Development Summit.

For more information, please visit the I-70/75 Development Association website.