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The hub will take up 76,135 square feet of space in the Rotunda building, the McCrory building and part of the Kuhns building. The hub will contain academic space for entrepreneurship and school programs and institutes and a co-working space.
“We shared all kinds of great progress that’s happening downtown,” said Sandy Gudorf, the Downtown Dayton Partnership president. “Since 2010, more than $1.8 billion have been invested in downtown. We covered all kinds of subjects but specifically we talked about the Arcade. Dr. Spina talked about his vision of what will happen at the Arcade, the collective gathering of students, entrepreneurs, engineers, creative people and artists and the environment that will create to enhance and improve the ecosystem of how we create jobs and grow businesses. And we also talked about that helping keeping talent in our community which is very important.”
Sandy Gudorf, the Downtown Dayton Partnership president
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In a meeting Spina recalled from the day before, a person affiliated with UD was describing how last year’s launch of The Flyer bus was a huge step to getting UD students downtown. The free circulator bus service makes trips from Downtown Dayton to the university every 10 minutes and can be followed using RTA’s website and the Transit App.
“What he had articulated, what he had learned interacting with folks from different areas, just brought it home for me once again,” Spina said. “Our students want to get out of the “UD bubble” as we used to call it. They want to engage with the community.”
“Hold us accountable,” Spina said. “We have a vision— making certain that our faculty, staff and students get down to the Arcade to engage with others. If you see us retreating to kind of, typical academia, you got to let us know. But I don’t expect that to happen. But again, if it’s not a place with a lot of mixing, a lot of engaging across differences, then we fail.”
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UD and the Entrepreneurs Center plan to invest more than $10 million over 10 years to cover rents, operating expenses, equity support for the closing and furniture and equipment.