DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivered her annual State of the City address at City Hall Wednesday morning.
Mayor Nan Whaley says 43 new businesses opened in downtown Dayton in 2016. We checked with the Downtown Dayton Partnership who keeps track of business openings and closings in Dayton and we found that in fact 43 businesses have opened.
“Four years ago,” Mayor Whaley said. “We had leaders in the community saying publicly that Dayton is a dying city.”
Now, four years later Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley insists the city is making a comeback.
“Four years ago, Dayton stood in the shadows of a long period of decline,” Mayor Whaley said. “But, make no istake about it. Dayton is roaring back.”
Part of that comeback includes the opening of dozens of downtown businesses from law firms to retail shops to restaurants like Table 33.
“From Day one,” Managing Partner Chris Harrison said. “We’ve had a fairly captive audience.”
Table 33 opened its doors in October. Now, roughly 4 months in operation Managing Partner Chris Harrison says the business has had more ups than downs.
“Anytime, you are trying to do something new, you have your challenges,” Harrison said. “But for the most part it’s been a beautiful experience and every day is a learning process.”
Downtown Dayton is a popular spot for businesses to plant their roots. Chris Harrison says it’s because Dayton is in fact making a comeback.
“For years, people have kind of went away from the city and we have had an earlier understanding of how important,” Harrison said. “The downtown business life and residential life is to the Miami Valley at large.”
Attracting new businesses and jobs is one of the main issues on the Mayor’s To Do List going forward. She says it’s vital for future growth in our city.
“The reason why Dayton is always innovated,” Mayor Whaley said. “Is because we make things here and when you make things here you innovate through that.”
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This is Mayor Whaley’s fourth State of the City address. 2 NEWS will have complete coverage of the speech online and on air.