Downtown Progress Rolls Ahead; Businesses Echo Results in Annual Survey

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases


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May 21, 2018 (DAYTON, Ohio) — The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) recently completed its annual business survey. The questionnaire is sent out to all businesses located within the Special Improvement District and the directly adjacent Webster Station. The data will help guide policies and programs executed by the Downtown Dayton Partnership, which is the nonprofit organization tasked with fulfilling all aspects of the SID services plan.

“We achieve different points of progress every year, and it’s good to check in with our constituents and downtown businesses to make sure our goals are on track,” said DDP President Sandra Gudorf. “We need to know what’s working downtown so we can encourage more growth, and what’s not working as well so we can change trajectories and track toward progress that’s potentially more meaningful.”

Highlights from the 2018 Annual Business Survey (428 total respondents):

  • About 79% of respondents said they thought downtown Dayton is better off than it was three years ago (only 2.6% thought it was worse off). This is a huge increase since 2010, when just 24% thought downtown was better off than three years prior.
  • Filling office space, supporting startups, and activating first-floor storefronts remain high priorities in the eyes of downtown businesses. But a new category – improving wayfinding – also ranked high on importance. The public-private partnership called Greater Downtown Dayton Plan is currently exploring options for improving wayfinding. Nearly 60% of survey respondents ranked this initiative as “extremely important.”
  • Downtown Dayton businesses overall enjoyed a net gain of 661 employees. Downtown has posted incremental gains in total employment since 2014, but this is the first significant leap.
  • About 32% of survey respondents said they expect to add employees to their businesses in 2018.
  • No surprise – downtown businesses love the Ambassador program! In the survey, 82% said the men and women who provide the clean-and-safe services throughout downtown have had a positive effect on the urban core, while only 1.1% disagreed.

Download a copy of the 2018 Downtown Business Survey results here.

Businesses interested in locating to downtown Dayton are encouraged to use the free and confidential Site Seeker program. Fill out the application with the “wish list” for the commercial space, and the Downtown Dayton Partnership business development team will match the business with the spaces that best fit those requirements. Get started at

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