Dayton Economy

Femme Fatale Fitness owner Cassie Guard is making ends meet delivering packages for Amazon. She and her husband lost their jobs when Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Cassie Guard

More details are expected soon on the state’s plan for reopening gyms, yoga studios and other fitness centers. Social distancing requirements in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio could mean dramatic service changes for many of these typically close-contact businesses. WYSO’s been checking in with small business owners over the last few weeks to see how they’re coping during the coronavirus pandemic. In this interview, we hear from a gym owner in Kettering.

Thousands of restaurant and nightlife workers are struggling amid the pandemic, and many are still waiting for state and federal financial assistance checks.
Ohio Restaurant Association

As the state prepares to reopen restaurants, some bars and retail establishments, some business owners are wondering what the future holds. Small businesses that rely on foot traffic are especially hard-hit in the coronavirus non-essential businesses shutdown.

To survive, many have experimented with new business models. Now, some Dayton entrepreneurs say they hope their customers will feel safe enough to return when their doors finally reopen.

Gov. Mike DeWine is allowing retail stores to reopen May 12.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaking to reporters near the site of the shooting rampage.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is calling for more federal aid to help the nation's smaller cities weather the coronavirus crisis.  Whaley is among a group of United States mayors who represent cities with fewer than half a million residents, who say the financial impacts of the pandemic could lead to widespread service reductions down the road.

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit Ohio, Debra Howard ran the costume shop at the Human Race Theater Company in Dayton.
Debra Howard / WYSO

Gov. Mike DeWine has sounded the alarm for weeks about a dangerous shortage of masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment in Ohio. The so-called PPE is critical for protecting hospital staff, first responders and others on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, an army of volunteers is mobilizing to help meet the need, a need that’s increasing fast as health officials now recommend everyone wear cloth masks in public places where social distancing is difficult.

I-75 north of Cincinnati. Many in the Dayton area are living further from jobs than they did in the year 2000.   highway
Travis Estell / Flickr/Creative Commons

Traffic over the last few weeks has been noticeably lighter as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order has been in effect. But, with essential businesses still open, Ohio’s truckers continue to travel the roads getting products where they need to be, though the coronavirus threat has created some additional challenges for the men and women moving America’s goods.

Many Dayton businesses are struggling amid the coronavirus emergency.
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Daytonians are settling into the new normal of life during the coronavirus outbreak. Now that millions of Ohioans have been ordered to stay home, many businesses that rely on foot traffic face an increasingly uncertain future.

Gov. Mike DeWine’s Stay at Home order excludes what the state deems as essential businesses and services, such as medical care, food, shipping, and deliveries.

The exemptions were welcome news for C.J. Pennington, who manages a UPS Store in Fairborn.

Emily Mendenhall and her family employ more than 50 people at two restaurants in Dayton.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Restaurants and bars across the Miami Valley are preparing for what could be an indefinite shutdown. On Sunday in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine temporarily banned sitdown service.

The order allows takeout and delivery to continue. And it extends unemployment benefits to affected workers without paid leave. And many business owners in Dayton’s restaurant industry are urging workers to take advantage of the help.

Steve Bognar Julia Reichert
Eryn Montgomery

The latest documentary from Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film American Factory follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.

Fellow Kaye Jeter left retirement to work part-time leading a research project for the Dayton Metro Library.
Jess Mador / WYSO

For generations of Americans, the dream of retirement meant permanent vacation -- the chance for a hard-earned break on the beach or golf course. Now, more older Americans appear to be opting out of that dream.

The need for continued income remains a major reason for delayed retirement overall, but recent national survey data show many people over age 50 who could afford to retire are choosing not to, telling pollsters they'd opt out of retirement to pursue a passion or help their community.

Karl Keith speaking at the 2019 annual Auditor's Update at Sinclair College.

In his annual report delivered to more than 70 local government officials on Friday, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith called 2019 a “mixed bag” of financial news. Keith struck an optimistic tone despite the negative impact of the May tornadoes on some county property values.

The auditor told the gathering this year’s tax revenue losses of $1.7 million in tornado affected neighborhoods were offset somewhat by improved property values and increased real estate development overall.