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Scratch: Reimagining Innovation In The Miami Valley

A century ago, Dayton helped drive the global economy with inventions that changed the world –– think, the airplane, the cash register, the self-starting engine. WYSO’s Scratch series on business and the economy asks: is that spirit of invention still alive and well? Who benefits? And what could the future look like? Scratch. Exploring the people, businesses and ideas that could impact life and the economy in the Miami Valley and beyond. Share your ideas about innovation below.

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Your Voice Ohio

We want to hear your ideas on how to bring new vibrancy to the Dayton-Springfield-Middletown area.

Who are we? Your local news media. About 50 Ohio news outlets have partnered in the Your Voice Ohio project to find new ways to listen to citizens of our communities and represent them better in our work. Newspapers, radio and TV in the Dayton-Springfield-Yellow Springs area are among them.

Alex Grodkiewicz / UpDayton

A nonprofit focused on attracting and retaining young creatives and professionals in Dayton has a new director. UpDayton has announced entrepreneur Lauren White will lead the organization as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The group was launched in response to the economic downturn and a desire to boost Dayton’s creative economy and quality of life. A decade after its founding, WYSO’s Sheila Raghavendran looks at how UpDayton's mission has evolved, and what might be next. 

The Your Voice Ohio initiative brings together Ohioans from all walks of life, to brainstorm homegrown solutions to the opioid crisis.
Jess Mador / WYSO

The numbers just aren’t good for Ohio: 152,000 fewer jobs than in 2000, lower household income, high student debt, falling behind in education – almost every measure used to define quality of life is going in the wrong direction.

People don’t have to see the numbers – they see it in neighborhoods.

Auto parts stores, payday lenders and deep-discount stores in almost every town are evidence of cash-strapped households.

The first-of-its-kind Dayton summer camp is part of a statewide effort to spark interest in high-tech manufacturing among young people. Ohio’s industry faces a shortage of skilled STEM workers.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

For young people across Dayton, September is a time to head back to school and share stories of summer vacation. This fall, some Miami Valley students can brag about building robots … at a new manufacturing camp. The summer camp is part of an effort to spark interest in high-tech manufacturing –– Ohio’s industry faces a shortage of skilled workers. 

And, as WYSO Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds reports, organizers hope some of this summer’s crop of camp-goers will get excited about working in the field.

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A pallet of Pampers at the Dayton Mixing Center.
Marci Rhodes / Procter & Gamble

Ohio is located within one day’s drive of more than half the country’s population. This fact is often touted by development officials looking to boost the state’s economic profile.

It’s also a favorite talking point among many Miami Valley business leaders, who say the proximity to interstate highways gives Dayton an edge in attracting new investment.

The Skydio R1 self-flying camera drone is equipped with 13 cameras, enabling it to look in every direction at once, the company says.
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Unmanned aerial drone technology is changing the way we live and work. And it’s not just Amazon and other corporate giants getting into the drone game. The multibillion-dollar industry is forecast to grow exponentially in coming years.

Some health advocates want to legalize a controversial practice they say would make routine dentistry more accessible and affordable for the most underserved Ohioans.
April Laissle / WYSO

More than half of Ohio counties don’t have enough dentists for the population. Numbers show the dental shortages are especially severe in many rural and low-income communities.

Ann Naber, a member of the Ohio Dental Hygienist Association (ODHA) and an instructor at Sinclair Community College, says this lack of access can lead to severe -- and often expensive -- health consequences for many people.

The Vye app records eye movement, reaction time, velocity and abnormalities that could indicate a concussion.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Over the last decade, the number of high school athletes playing football has fallen. Some researchers credit the drop to growing fears about the health risks of sports-related concussion.

 

Despite this increasing awareness, sports-related brain injury remains common among high school and college athletes.

 

Emerson scientists are studying this replica home's energy performance by simulating an entire year's worth of weather conditions in just over a week.
Jess Mador / WYSO

More and more Americans are using technology such as LED bulbs and programmable, so-called “smart” thermostats to save on utility bills. And, despite Trump administration cuts to many EPA programs, many government, scientist and trade groups are pushing for even more energy efficient buildings.

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