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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.

Sinclair Dean of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Anthony Ponder says the federal grant will help prepare students for high paying and relatively recession-proof employment in the manufacturing sector. 
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

A coalition of Miami Valley community colleges and industry groups is launching a new program that aims to close the manufacturing skills gap.

With help from a federal Department of Labor grant announced Wednesday, Clark State Community College, Sinclair Community College and the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association will work together to train 365 skilled workers over the next four years, and match them with Miami Valley manufacturing employers.

Dayton real-estate broker Veronica Bedell-Nevels.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A decade after the Great Recession and foreclosure crisis affected millions of Americans, homeownership remains a major way many people hope to build a nest egg and save for retirement.

But, new numbers from the National Association of Real Estate Brokers show the homeownership gap between whites and blacks is growing bigger. Whites are much more likely to own a home than African Americans in cities across the country.

Charlie and Amanda Jackson sing a duet in the Hatch New Media Space on December 7, 2018. Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield opens its doors to the public on the first Friday of every month.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

There are signs the tourism business may be on the upswing in Clark County. Tourist-related revenue there is up by more than $100 million since 2010. That growth is also fueling a welcome boost in hiring in Springfield, as new businesses and attractions pop up, enticing visitors to spend.

What’s behind the positive numbers?

It’s First Friday at the Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield.

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development 2018 Job Fair
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As in many other parts of the country this year, Ohio is seeing an uptick in job growth. But despite strong gains, new state data show many counties continue to struggle since the Great Recession. And, most Ohio counties still have fewer jobs today than they had two decades ago.

Matt Grubb, 24, recently started his own process-serving business delivering documents for some Dayton law firms.
Akram Akram / WYSO

A recent Dayton survey finds nearly a third of Daytonians aged 18 to 34 are “totally unlikely” to remain in the city for the next five years. A new initiative aims to reverse this trend by matching more college students with Miami Valley internships.

Advocates hope connecting young people to jobs early on could boost the chances they’ll stay and start careers in Dayton down the road.  

Daytonians Weigh In On How To Make The City More Vibrant

Oct 30, 2018
The Your Voice Ohio initiative brings together Ohioans from all walks of life, to brainstorm homegrown solutions to the opioid crisis.
Jess Mador / WYSO

This year, WYSO's partner project, Your Voice Ohio, has been examining how Ohio communities are thriving amid job loss, poverty, addiction, automation and other serious economic challenges.

"Almost universally – except for the Columbus metro area – counties across Ohio have experienced precipitous economic decline for two decades – some for 30 or 40 years,"  leading to steep job losses and a significant drop in quality of life, writes Your Voice Ohio's Doug Oplinger.  

foreclosure notice on window
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It’s been around a decade since the housing meltdown and Great Recession that shook communities around the country.

At Springfield's Neighborhood Housing Partnership, services were virtually redefined by the mortgage crisis. Now, with less federal foreclosure-prevention funding available, some advocates say they’re worried the housing market's recovery could be at risk.

One of several houses in Miami Township in Montgomery County that had been abandoned, fallen into disrepair and declared a nuisance property.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

About a decade ago, a housing crisis swept the country. The crash devastated many communities and changed the lives of millions of Americans who experienced foreclosure or simply walked away from homes owing more than they were worth. 

Here’s what we heard from resident's of Miami Township in Montgomery County at the time - neighbors living near vacant and abandoned houses:

"It’s very disrupting. It’s an eyesore."

"It smells like there might be a dead animal in the backyard. Honestly, there’s like a whole bunch of flies and it’s pretty nasty."

WYSO is a partner in the Southwest Ohio Your Voice Ohio project. It's a collaborative effort to produce more relevant, powerful journalism based on the needs and ambitions of Ohioans and Ohio communities.
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. 

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