Mayors hope I-75 link can spark growth in region

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) – Two mayors along I-75 are hoping the highway can be a road of opportunity to bring growth to Southwest Ohio.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in the Queen City Tuesday night to discuss how both cities can improve the region.

“It makes sense that Cincinnati and Dayton work together,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “We’re the urban areas and urban cores of the region. Making sure that those cities come together and pay attention to how we can grow jobs, I think, is a great opportunity for Dayton.”

Whaley said Tuesday’s meeting with the Cincinnatus Association was the first time a Dayton mayor has been invited to the group’s event. The Cincinnatus Association is a civic leadership organization that hopes to encourage progress on community issues.

During the meeting, both mayors spoke about the importance of job growth and education in the region.

Whaley said a partnership is crucial to continue growth throughout Dayton and Southwest Ohio.

“If we’re going to play on a national and international role, we’re not competing with each other,” said Whaley. “We’re competing with Shanghai and cities we’ve never heard of in India and China. When we sell Cincinnati and when we sell Dayton, we’re selling the region.”

Tuesday’s meeting follows the recent start of SOAR which stands for the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky Aerospace Region. SOAR is meant to help grow interest in programs like UAS testing in the region, which has sparked job growth and academic research in Dayton.

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