Checking in on Mayor Whaley’s promises

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Wednesday marked Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s 100th day in office.

When she took over, we asked her what she wanted to accomplish.  Now, we asked her if she is keeping those promises.

Bringing business to Dayton was a big priority for Nan Whaley.

She told us right before she took office she was going to bring more jobs to Dayton by growing current businesses and having monthly discussions with business leaders.

Natalie: “Is Dayton seeing more job growth since you took office?”

Nan: “Well I think the whole region is starting to see job growth and some really good job news pick up. In this first quarter, we saw the increase of CareSource just a couple weeks ago downtown, the water street construction happening on Patterson and Monument; they broke ground a few weeks ago and regionally we see the Fuyao glass maker in the Moraine plant.”

Whaley also said she wanted to focus more on education and improving schools.

Natalie: “What have you done to improve education in Dayton?”

Nan: “We started the City of Learners Committee which is nearly 60 people from across different segments from the business community, from the education community: public, private, charter schools.”

She said that committee is expected to develop some benchmark goals for districts by the beginning of the next school year.

Whaley also mentioned wanting to tackle the crime in Dayton when we last spoke. Today she said that’s still a goal.

Nan: “We are really asking our citizens to step it up as well. We’ve increased the number of officers both last year and the year before and we also will be having another police class coming through so we are trying to make sure we are sustaining our officer base as retirements come together.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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