- Ninety-three percent of downtown business leaders believe downtown is headed in the right direction. Ninety-six percent feel safe downtown.
- Downtown Dayton Partnership did 10 site searches and 13 tours to companies considering moving into underused and vacant office space downtown, and several new businesses located downtown.
- Ongoing investments include renovation of the Dayton Arcade, construction of the Fire Blocks District, upgrades to the Link Dayton Bike Share program, and improvements to some of the city’s office towers.
But much of this success was pre-pandemic, the report notes. Planned annual summer events such as the Downtown Housing Tour, the Great Dayton Adventure Race and First Fridays have either been postponed or moved online.
Now much of the effort of the downtown business coalition is focused on letting people know that many downtown businesses including restaurants and retail services are open, though differently than they were before.
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New “Open Downtown” signs let people know which businesses are open, with conditions, and more than 180 businesses are listed on the website DowntownDayton.org/OPEN.