DDN series takes a look at region’s quality-of-life issues


The Dayton Daily News will publish a special report that explores quality-of-life issues in the Miami Valley.

In a series of stories beginning on Sunday, the newspaper will take an in-depth look at issues that impact you and your family every day. Throughout the week, the newspaper compares Dayton to like-sized cities — analyzing data on crime, housing, health and economic indicators.

We will feature stories that explore business growth, entertainment options, and a push to revitalize the core of downtown. Young professionals tell us why they’re choosing to start their career here, instead of larger cities like Chicago or New York City.

Leaders, economic experts, business professionals and residents answer the question driving the next phase of the region’s development: “Why Dayton?”

In downtown Dayton alone, more than $520 million has been funneled into public and private sector investments to transform the city — and another $530 million has been invested in projects underway or in the design phase.

“If you don’t have a strong core, you can’t have a strong region,” said Chris Kershner, vice president of public policy and economic development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Experts explain the hurdles Dayton has jumped through on the path to re-strengthening its business core.

Our coverage continues throughout the week on mydaytondailynews.com with exclusive videos, interactive graphics and quizzes for you.



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