22. Great Miami Riverway

April 6, 2018

In this Birthplace of Next Extra Edition, we're featuring Elizabeth Connor of the Great Miami Riverway. From Sidney to Hamilton, the Great Miami Riverway is 99 miles of river, paved trails and connected communities, only an hour away from Cincinnati and Columbus at the Crossroads of America. The City of Dayton is a proud sponsor of the Great Miami Riverway, and Elizabeth will tell us more about the organization.


21. Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood

November 20, 2017

In 2016, Dayton residents passed Issue 9, an eight year, 0.25 percent tax increase that is now known as "Your Dollars, Your Neighborhood."  In this episode, Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein talks about how the funds generated by the tax are being put to use in the city, and introduces a new dashboard tool to track performance.


20. The Next Shade of Green: Daytons Sustainability Practices

June 16, 2017

The City of Dayton is committed to responsible stewardship of the envorinmental resources within its jurisdiction. In this episode, we talk with Michelle Simmons, Division Manager of Environmental Management for the Department of Water, about the City's sustainability strategy, and what local government is doing to take the region to the next shade of green.


19. Bike Sharing, Bike Trails, Bike Lanes. It’s About Bikes!

May 19, 2017

Dayton is at the heart of the nation's largest network of bike trails. Bike lanes are appearing in streets around the region, and the Link bike share program has just celebrated it's second anniversary. In this episode we talk with Laura Estandia, Executive Director of Bike Miami Valley to learn how Dayton is changing to accomodate an increasingly popular form of transportation.


18. Water, Water, Everywhere, We Keep it Safe to Drink

April 4, 2017

From algae blooms to lead pipes, the last several years have seen prominent stories of water issues surface in the midwest.  On today's podcast, Karen Thomas, the Marketing Account Mangement Representative with the Department of Water, explains how Dayton keeps the public aware of water topics, as well as educating future residents and water professionals to keep this crucial natural resource flowing in the future.


17. Access, Adoption and Use of Broadband Technology

March 6, 2017

Dayton was selected as one of five communities in 2017 to undergo a detailed technology assessment and broadband plan through Connect Ohio, a local division of Connected Nation. By surveying how Dayton residents and organizations use the Internet and their devices, Connect Ohio will chart a course to bring affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to the region. With us today to discuss how this will all play out is the Executive Director of Connect Ohio, Stu Johnson.


16. Paving the Way and Bridging the Gaps

February 20, 2017

You’re listening to ‘Birthplace of Next,’ the podcast where City officials and partners discuss the latest news and developments in Dayton that continue to make it a livable, sustainable and innovative community.

It’s no secret that public infrastructure across America continues to age and needs replacement. Here in Dayton, reconstruction efforts not only improve transportation conditions but also position our community for further success and growth. On this episode, we have Keith Steeber, Interim Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works, to talk with us about the City’s overall strategy for civil engineering.


15. What’s in Store for Dayton’s Housing Market?

February 6, 2017

You’re listening to ‘Birthplace of Next,’ the podcast where City officials discuss the latest news and developments in Dayton that continue to make it a livable, sustainable and innovative community. 

On this episode, we assess the current status and future prospects of Dayton’s housing market, as well as an upcoming Housing Symposium where attendees will learn more about the housing stock and resources provided by the City. With us to discuss this topic is Erin Jeffries, the City’s Acting Community Development Manager.


14. Building Up Minority Businesses

January 23, 2017

What is the Human Relations Council, and how does it foster a more vibrant business environment within the city of Dayton? Roshawn Winburn, Director of the Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center, explains the services these organizations provide to help Dayton's small business community thrive.


13. The Levitt Pavilion Takes the Stage

January 9, 2017

As downtown Dayton's newest upcoming outdoor venue reaches its initial fundraising goal, we invite Gary LeRoy, a member of Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton, to shed some light on the future of Dave Hall Plaza and the boon other Levitt projects have been to their hosting communities.