Meet Dayton’s Next City Manager!

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Today the City Commission will announce the selection of Warren Price as Dayton’s next City Manager. He is an experienced executive with experience in city, county and township governments. We believe he will be an important addition to the city’s leadership and look forward to welcoming him to our community.

The Dayton City Commission has been so fortunate to be able to work with City Manager Tim Riordan. He originally agreed to come for six to nine months and he stayed over five years. His leadership helped us through some of Dayton’s greatest challenges. I greatly appreciate his long service to the Dayton community.

When Tim told us of his plan to leave, he asked that the search period be as brief as possible so the pace of progress in Dayton was not slowed. The Commission has moved quickly and worked with experienced professionals to follow a process that included the input of over 800 community members through a broad-based survey. We interviewed a number of people from within the city organization, from the local community, and from around the country.

We were lucky to have such a range of talented candidates to choose among. The City Commission believes Mr. Price is the right person for Dayton and will bring valuable experience and perspective to the City. We were particularly pleased to hear him speak of his personal belief in the need for a high level of customer service from every agency of government. We look forward to making Customer Service the priority for the City’s organization.

Working with enthusiastic citizens, our strong staff and committed business leaders; the City Commission and City Manager are ready to continue the progress we have already made in writing Dayton’s latest, greatest chapter.

Dayton enters 2015 with true momentum. With the lowest unemployment rate for the city of Dayton in more than 25 years, the hottest housing market in the country, and top 10 in the country for job growth improvement; Warren is joining our team at a terrific time. Thank you in advance for showing him a true Dayton welcome.

Here’s to a great 2015 for our community!

Nan

 

This Is Our City!

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I would like to invite you to the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Annual Meeting, “This Is Our City.”  Come learn about upcoming projects and ideas for our downtown. The meeting is Wednesday, November 19th from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Schuster Center Wintergarden.

Anyone interested in Downtown Dayton is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to turner@downtowndayton.org by this Friday, November 14th.

Thanks for believing in the future of our city!

Support Dee, Dan & Karl

I hope you will join me in supporting some great local candidates on the ballot in Montgomery County.  These candidates are the partners we need to move Dayton forward.

Dee Gillis is running for State Senate in Ohio’s 5th District.  Dee has served as Tipp City Mayor and ran a successful small business.  She is running to change tax policies that favor the rich and increase inequality.  She believes we should invest in education and middle class families and she supports collective bargaining rights.  Dee would also reverse policies that make it more difficult to cast a ballot.

Dan Foley is running for re-election to the Montgomery County Commission.  Dan has worked to bring jobs into Montgomery County following the Great Recession.  Dan’s efforts have spurred $150 million in new investments in the County and produced 1,200 new jobs.  He has bi-partisan support, listing a number of prominent Republicans among his backers.

Karl Keith was recently named Ohio’s Outstanding County Auditor and won a Public Service Excellence Award in 2013.  He is running for re-election as Montgomery County Auditor.  Karl has actively promoted the Homestead Exemption Program, ensuring Seniors receive every possible property tax credit.  Karl has pushed to make the reappraisal process more open and transparent, conducting an unprecedented review process that allows homeowners input on their assessed value.

Election day is next Tuesday, November 4th, but early voting is going on now.  There are extended early vote hours this Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, this Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm and next Monday from 8 am to 2 pm.  Please click here to view the full Democratic slate.

Charter Amendments Move Dayton Forward

I urge you to join me in voting yes on City of Dayton Charter Amendments:  Issues 13, 14, 15 and 16 to improve Dayton’s future.

Issue 13 will make it significantly easier for voters to require the City Commission to consider an Ordinance or to repeal an Ordinance the City Commission has passed.  The current Charter language requires about 23,000 signatures—a nearly impossible number.  The new proposal is to make it 2,500 signatures.  Issue 13 also requires a review of the Charter every ten years.

Issue 14 updates Dayton’s budgeting and accounting procedures to match new national accounting standards.

Issue 15 will remove 24 sections of the Charter that are no longer relevant today.  None of these sections affect the day to day operations of the City, but passage of this issue will eliminate clutter in the Charter.

Issue 16 clarifies that the City Manager runs the City and implements the priorities of the City Commission and ensures that the City has the flexibility it needs to respond to changes in law passed by the Federal or State government.

For more detail on these issues, please visit: http://www.daytonohio.gov/cco/Pages/CharterIssues-November2014.aspx

A citizen-led committee met and suggested these changes to the Charter in the hopes of clarifying and updating the document to move Dayton forward.  The Charter is a 100 year old document and we must periodically update it to ensure it continues to serve the citizens of Dayton.  Please join me in supporting Issues 13, 14, 15 and 16.

Dayton’s Manufacturing Future

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We make things in Dayton. From airplanes to robots, from drones to medical devices; Dayton continues to be an important location for innovation in manufacturing. We know that this important sector of our economy is key to our present and future. That is why the Dayton Regional Manufacturing Task Force has been working with our partners to trumpet the great job opportunities, companies and products Dayton has to offer!

This Wednesday, please join me in welcoming Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development to the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Show. As the former mayor of Youngstown, Jay knows too well the importance of manufacturing in Ohio and across the country.

The event is free, but you must register. Thank you to DMAX for sponsoring this exciting event.

Come learn more about the future of manufacturing in Dayton this Wednesday, October 22nd at the Dayton Airport Expo Center, starting at 4:00 p.m. I look forward to seeing you there!

Celebrate the GOOD in Your Neighborhood!

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Mayor Nan Whaley has announced a grant funding program designed to support and celebrate the culture, creativity and diversity of Dayton neighborhoods.

The Dayton Mayor’s Fund is seeking funding applications from neighborhood associations and other groups for programs, projects and events that showcase and strengthen city neighborhoods. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to programs such as arts and cultural events, sports competitions, festivals and more.

“We intend to support neighborhood unity, vitality and sustainability through The Mayor’s Fund,” Mayor Whaley said. “Daytonians are resourceful and creative, so I am confident we will receive applications from innovative programs that will benefit the community for years into the future.”

The fund was established through donations made at a community celebration held in January 2014, following Mayor Whaley’s election.

Grant applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, December 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Applications are available at daytonohio.gov/mayorsfund or by calling 937-333-3812.

Successful applicants must be IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or must apply through a suitable fiscal agent.

Funding applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of community volunteers and ranked on criteria. The Dayton Mayor’s Fund is administered by The Dayton Foundation.

Where the Rivers Meet

In the summer of 2013, an array of musicians, singers and dancers joined together to create a music video entitled Where There Is Love. The video was filmed and recorded in Dayton and has been viewed by hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Yesterday, that journey continued with the premiere of Where the Rivers Meet, a second music video with a new, multicultural cast of musicians and dancers.

Click here to watch the video: http://youtu.be/jHtZS0DuKCo

These projects enrich “Welcome Dayton: Immigrant-Friendly City,” a nationally-recognized initiative that seeks to bridge communication barriers and cultural differences. The lyrical message of Where the Rivers Meet is a powerful illustration of that vision, as well as the goal of connecting the world through music. Dayton sits at the convergence of rivers—a perfect metaphor for the power and strength of the people of Dayton coming together from truly everywhere in the world.

This video shows the beauty of our city and its most valuable asset, the diversity of our community.  Please watch the video and share it with your friends.  I know that after you watch it, you will again be reminded why we are proud to call Dayton home.

Strong Financial Leadership

Yesterday we learned that the City of Dayton received a bond rating upgrade from Standard & Poors. This upgrade will save the City thousands of dollars on money we borrow to pave streets, purchase fire trucks and keep our buildings in good repair.

The upgrade validates our commitment to strong financial management. I am so proud to work with a fantastic management team and a Commission that stays focused on the bottom line. This leadership will put Dayton on the road to success.

Click here to read the complete article:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/daytons-financial-rating-upgraded/ng29G/

Fighting Inequality

Today I attended the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Cities of Opportunities Task Force in New York City. I joined Mayor Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and United State Conference of Mayors President; Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and Executive Director; Mayor Bill deBlasio, Mayor of New York City and host of the Task Force meeting. As the only mayor present from Ohio, I wanted to make sure our values and concerns were represented.

The Cities of Opportunity Task Force researched issues that affect opportunity, fairness and equality for American families. The results lead us to focus on three key areas: Income Inequality, Early Childhood Education, and Broadband.

During the meeting, mayors from around the country discussed specific action steps to address income inequality, including working to develop local autonomy over wage laws and to improve benefits to make wages work. A full-time worker making the federal minimum wage makes $15,090, which $4,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of three. Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would increase wages by $16.1 billion nationwide. As the economy improves, it is critical that all workers benefit, not just the top 5% of Americans.

Early Childhood Education was an area of emphasis, including creating access to pre-kindergarten and childcare program and promoting high quality education. One of the five commitments from the City of Learners report focuses on access to pre-kindergarten. We know when children show up to kindergarten read to learn, they are more likely to have great success in school and in life. Creating a system for life-long learning is incredibly important to ensure that Dayton’s employers will continue to find workers who match the technical needs of the jobs that are and will be available.

The final area of emphasis is Broadband, including providing for 21st century broadband and promoting network neutrality. More and more education and entertainment opportunities are provided through broadband. It is important that everyone has equal access to programming and that all programming has equal access to broadband.

The Task Force meeting concluded with a Call to Action on these topics. I was pleased to be a part of mayors taking action and providing focus on issues that really matter to our cities’ futures. Work on these items will create good career opportunities and jobs that pay a wage that allow families to have a strong quality of life.

I know that working together with other cities and mayors across the country, we can make a difference on what is truly important in our lives and our children’s future.

Congress Fails to Act on Immigration

Today we’ve witnessed yet another reason why this is the least effective Congress in history. Whether it’s funding roads and bridges, or securing our borders through immigration reform, Congress is too busy playing politics to do its job. So frequently it’s up to cities like Dayton to take up the slack–whether we want to or not.

Recently Dayton was asked to help some of the unaccompanied children who have been coming through our southern border. As long as these children are here, we have an obligation to ensure that their basic needs are met as they go through the federal process to determine their status in this country. As Americans, we provide due process rights…it is what makes us great as a nation. I know Daytonians feel compassion when they think about frightened children needing a temporary place to stay and a warm meal.

Today Congressman Turner attacked me via a letter to President Obama for cooperating with the Federal Government. Even though he himself voted for the law that made it easier for these children to come legally. Mr. Turner has been in office for 12 years and he’s failed to move immigration reform forward.

Please contact Congressman Turner and tell him instead of writing letters, he should write legislation to fix this problem.  His office can be reached at (937) 225-2843 or emailed here:  http://turner.house.gov/contact

 

Friends of Nan Whaley, Mark Owens, Treasurer, 443 E. 6th Street, Dayton, OH 45402