New report unveiled Thursday will show Dayton’s global reach

Montgomery County and the Dayton Council on World Affairs will unveil a new report on Dayton’s international reach Thursday at a Carillon Historical Park event.

The report explores aspects of just how “international” Dayton and its environs truly are. The document shows how many residents have passports, how many languages are spoken in the community and the schools, how many exports originate from the Dayton area, how many foreign-owned companies operate in the area and more.

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For example, the report shows that nearly 36,000 Dayton-region residents were born outside the United States. Ten local companies based in five counties around Dayton have more than 50 international subsidiaries in 24 countries. Total goods exported from the area were valued at about $4.7 billion in 2017.

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The report also examines facets of Dayton’s ties to individual nations, such as Japan, Canada and China. Considered in the report is a five-county area — Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble counties — with about 890,000 residents.

Credit: Contributed photo

Credit: Contributed photo

“We are coming to realize the full breadth of the international ties that we have and aspects in our own community, and how global we really are,” County Commissioner Carolyn Rice said in an interview Wednesday. “That can inform our decision-making.”

“It’s really helpful to share with the rest of the world just how global you really are,” Rice added.

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The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at Carillon Park’s Eichelberger Pavilion, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. The event will be preceded by U.S. District Judge Walter Rice leading a naturalization ceremony as 10 people become citizens of the United States.

The Dayton Council on World Affairs and county government partnered on the report.

“I think it just shows our global footprint,” Rice said.

Erik Collins, Montgomery County development director, believes the information has never been compiled in this way before.

“It really opens the eyes. It starts the conversation,” Collins said.

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