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Summer 2017 Newsletter

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

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In this issue….

  • Austin Area Projects Nearing Completion
  • UD Center Expands to Columbus Area
  • Long-term Care Facility Secures Funding with Energy Firm’s Help
  • Agency Helps Local Governments Stretch Budgets
  • Local Firm Managing Major Construction Projects
  • ‘Best Firm to Work’ Scores ‘Three-peat’
  • Developer Shares $100M Plan for Downtown Redevelopment
  • Association Celebrates Three Decades
  • About the Association

Austin Area Projects Nearing Completion


Miamisburg’s largest 2017 economic development project will conclude this fall.

United Grinding expects to move into its new North American headquarters in October or November.  The 105,000-square-foot building has been under construction for the past year next to Yaskawa Motoman, near the I-75 Austin Road interchange.

“Without question, this is a significant project for a valued employer in our community, and we’re very excited,” said Chris Fine, development director for the city of Miamisburg. “The company and its new facility are ideal fits in the Austin Center area.”

United Grinding, a global leader in the grinding-machine industry, is currently located on Earl Boulevard in Miamisburg. The company’s decision to relocate within the city retains 100 jobs and provides a growth opportunity for another 30-40 jobs in the next three years.

Access road underway

As part of an incentive package to facilitate the project, the city is building a new access road to the new United Grinding site. The two-lane, half-mile roadway will connect Byers Road with Old Byers Road. At a cost of $4.7 million, it will not only provide improved access to United Grinding but also accommodate future commercial development in that area. It is also scheduled to be completed in October.

Replacement company lined up

The current Earl Boulevard home of United Grinding won’t be vacant long. Cornerstone Research Group has purchased the property and plans to move there from Beavercreek after completing a $5.5 million facility expansion. The city of Miamisburg obtained a $225,000 ED/GE grant from Montgomery County to assist with the project, which will generate 60-70 jobs.

Also in Austin area…

The second commercial building at the Austin Business Park attracted its first two tenants this summer. AGI Studios, a commercial photography and video production company, moved into the new space from another Miamisburg location. Prosource, a provider of business equipment and IT services throughout the Midwest, chose Austin for its newest office location. Construction has begun on a third flexible-use building in that area.

Construction is expected to begin this fall on a new hotel just west of the Yaskawa Motoman property. The planned Home2 Suites will be a four-story, 108-room facility.

UD Center Expands to Columbus Area

UD Center for LeadershipThe University of Dayton Center for Leadership is expanding its supervisory leadership certificate program  in the Columbus metro area. The six-month, 10-session program for business leaders starts Aug. 22 at the University of Dayton’s Dublin campus at 5747 Perimeter Dr.

This workforce development program, which combines hands-on experiential learning, leadership assessments and mentoring, helps leaders develop the skills they need to be successful in a supervisory role. It also helps them maximize personal and team performance.

Program graduates earn 5.7 continuing education units and/or 57 continuing professional education units, plus two additional days of supervisor and professional development sessions upon completion of this program.

“Top companies recognize that in the war for talent, the need for highly skilled supervisors is more essential now than ever before.  Since launching this certificate program in 2011, the number of supervisors and other leaders that we help organizations develop has tripled,” said Lisa Beutel, executive director UD’s Center for Leadership. “This expansion to UD’s Dublin campus will enable us to continue to serve our partners, UD alumni and other leaders from in and around the Columbus metro area.”

For more information about the expansion or to register, visit http://udayton.co/ERd, email leadership@udayton.edu or call 937-229-3115.

Long-term Care Facility Secures Funding with Energy Firm’s Help

Livingston 2When it opens in late 2017, the Livingston Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in Washington Township will be the first project in Ohio to install solar energy using PACE funding from the Department of Energy. The investment was made possible with coordination from Energy Optimizers, USA.

PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, funding enables property owners to pay for energy-efficiency improvements to their properties and renewable-energy installations by borrowing money through government loans or bonds. Funds can be used for new development or existing facilities.

“The owner, Premier Healthcare Management, can expect about 30 years of operation from solar panels that will be paid off in just 10 years,” said Greg Smith, Energy Optimizers, USA president and CEO. “That’s an incredibly cost-effective investment.”

Currently under construction, the $20 million facility will replace an outdated building on a land-locked site in Dayton. Both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy will be part of a $3.1 million package of PACE-funded, energy-efficiency features. The 150-kW solar installation will run up to 20 percent of the facility’s electrical load, and the solar thermal will cut costs associated with traditional hot water heaters.

Additional energy-efficient features include LED lighting, high efficiency HVAC systems, and thicker walls for more insulation.

Financing for the Livingston project is provided through the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority and the Dayton Regional Energy Special Improvement District Inc.

Agency Helps Local Governments Stretch Budgets

Land Bank2The Montgomery County Land Bank offers direct assistance in the form of two programs to help local governments renovate problem properties, transform eyesores and address real estate issues. The Residential Rehab Loan Program and Planning Grants, are available exclusively to local governments and public not-for-profit corporations, and have been put to use with outstanding success in several communities.

Here are the details:

  • Planning Grants of up to $50,000 are available, with a 25 percent local match, to help pay for professional assistance to determine the future of a specific planning area. The process involves thorough consideration of community characteristics, market forces and political realities that affect redevelopment. The resulting plans and strategies guide the jurisdiction in future redevelopment efforts and decisions about the area.
  • The Residential Rehab Loan Program provides loans of $10,000 to $50,000 to help a community renovate distressed single-family homes as part of larger neighborhood redevelopment efforts. The goal is to stabilize property values and encourage revitalization throughout entire neighborhoods. The loans may be used for structural, utility, cosmetic, landscaping and energy-efficiency improvements. The repayment term is two years, or upon sale or transfer of the property, whichever comes first.

For more information about these programs, visit the Land Bank’s website or call 937-531-6921.

Local Firm Managing Construction Projects

MVG_Rumpke project2Miller-Valentine Group has been selected as construction manager for Rumpke Waste and Recycling’s 74,400-square-foot office headquarters in Colerain Township, near Cincinnati. Completion is slated for the end of 2018.

MVG has also been involved in the construction of the future Digestive Specialists medical office building on Clyo Road in Sugarcreek Township. With the final beam now set and the structural steel complete, the next phase of the work is the installation of the roof decking, exterior walls and roofing. Once the building is “dried-in,” work will proceed with the interior mechanical work and finishes.  The project is on schedule for a January 2018 completion.

‘Best Firm to Work’ Scores ‘Three-peat’

Choice One President Matt Hoying

Choice One President Matt Hoying

Consulting civil engineering and surveying firm Choice One Engineering has been named the nation’s Best Civil Engineering Firm to Work For, for the third year in a row.

“These firms have been recognized for their ability create outstanding workplaces through workplace design, teamwork, excellent benefits and amenities, and work culture,” according to the Zweig Group, the award’s originator and publisher of leading engineering and architecture publications in the U.S.

Choice One President Matt Hoying credited the company’s award-winning culture to the 40 employees in the firm’s three offices in Sidney and Loveland, Ohio, and Portland, Indiana.

“This award is not based on our revenue or ability to gain business. It’s based on the responses of our employees and the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment they have for our company, our clients and our communities,” Hoying said.

“We hope awards and other positive stories like this encourage more great people to live, study, work, raise their families and enjoy the remarkable benefits of our great region.”

Developer Shares $100M Plan for Downtown Dayton Redevelopment

Vision for the Elks Building

Vision for the Elks Building

If the $61 million rebuild of the Dayton Metro Library, the success of the $5 million Levitt Pavilion fundraising campaign and the construction of a six-story CareSource office tower don’t have you excited about investments in downtown Dayton, perhaps the news shared at a recent I-70/75 meeting will change your mind.

The July meeting featured Scott Gibson, CEO of the Ellway Group, redevelopers of the Fire Blocks District, a two-block area bounded by Second and Fourth streets, and Jefferson and St. Clair.

The project represents the renovation of 400,000 square feet of space in six historic buildings and promises to bring 500 new jobs to the area. The “Fire Blocks” name refers to the fact that these reinforced-steel and concrete structures replaced wooden buildings destroyed by fire after the 1913 flood.

Strong in their belief in the “velocity” of the housing market in downtown Dayton, the developers have created a $100 million project plan that envisions a vibrant, urban neighborhood in the heart of downtown. Its features include apartments and condos, hotels, office space, restaurants and bars, plus entertainment, retail and green spaces. Each building will be topped with a rooftop garden.

“We want to transition people out of the suburban mentality to an urban mentality,” said Gibson, noting Millennials’ preference for bike- and pedestrian-friendly communities.

The group has secured $30 million — including $4.5 million in Ohio historic tax credits — enough for the first phase of development.

“What makes these buildings so cool is that they’ve been so many different things in the past,” said Gibson. “Whatever we do, we want to be sure the buildings will remain relevant after 10 or 15 years.”

Association Celebrates Three Decades

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the I-70/75 Development Association. A special event to celebrate this milestone is in the works, so stay tuned for details.

Meanwhile, you can read (below) longtime member Hal Hunter’s “brief history” of the association, written in 2000. It was about that time when the organization’s focus transitioned from promoting development in communities along the I-70 and I-75 corridors to an emphasis on member training and professional development. The first annual Economic Development Summit was held in 2003.

Hope you enjoy the look back at our association’s past.

A Brief History of the 1-70/75 Development Association

by Hal Hunter

The roots of the association go back to early 1987 when the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce organized a meeting of nearby communities to discuss area economic development. Representatives of six communities met and realized cooperation rather than competition was in the interest of each community. In 1988, the “North I-70/I-75 Development Association” was incorporated. It had as its goals common economic development promotion and the provision of input regarding state and regional development issues. The original members were local governments, chambers of commerce and other non-profit development organizations in eleven communities. Charter communities included Huber Heights, Vandalia, Englewood, Trotwood, Brookville, Union, West Milton, Piqua, Covington, Troy and Tipp City.

One of the earliest projects was common promotion literature, which highlighted each community within a common regional folder. Association meetings kept the members informed by not only having monthly speakers, but by roundtable introductions in which members would inform the assembled about their community’s development activities.

An early success of the association’s cooperative philosophy was the siting of the Meijer’s distribution center. In 1990, Meijer had tentatively selected a location in Vandalia for an 800,000-foot distribution center. They subsequently rejected Vandalia’s site when environmental issues came to light. Vandalia asked other association communities to suggest locations since it lacked alternate sites large enough. Tipp City proposed a location that interested Meijer, but a community in another state was also under consideration. In order to win the Meijer facility for the area, all the association members campaigned to see that State incentives were offered to strengthen Tipp City’s proposal. When Meijer selected the Tipp City location, the decision was viewed as a win for the entire northern Miami Valley.

By 1992 membership expanded to 80, including many communities outside the northern Miami Valley as well as development professionals from for-profit organizations. In 1993, the association dropped “North” from its name, reflecting its broader membership. In that same year, association volunteers staffed their first trade show booth in Toronto. All leads were shared with the entire membership.

From 1996 through 1999, the association contracted with the Regional Office of Economic Development of Darke, Greene, Miami and Montgomery Counties for economic development promotion and site-seeker assistance. During this period, volunteers from the association developed and implemented a regional marketing strategy as well as a fax alert system for notifying all members of site seeker inquiries. Highlights during this period were participation in several international trade shows such as the International Manufacturing Technology Show (I.M.T.S.) and the National Plastics Exposition (N.P.E.). An early success was assistance in the location of Aida Dayton Technologies to Huber Heights.

As the new millennium begins, the I-70/75 Development Association continues to support economic development in the Miami Valley by supporting the marketing efforts of the Dayton Regional Development Alliance. The association has representation on the Dayton Regional Development Alliance Board. The association also provides its membership with training seminars. Monthly meetings and its newsletter keep its members informed about economic development news and issues within the region.

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.