Imagine a dinner table the length of the Third Street Bridge. Envision it packed with Daytonians from every pocket of the city. At this table, UpDayton and other interested parties can help serve a meal and challenge participants to re-think their assumptions about other parts of town and the people who live there. Volunteers will figure out how to bring this huge meal to life, how to inspire impactful dialogue, and how to fill the table with people who believe in a more open, connected Dayton. “What’s better than having folks come together to break bread with strangers and talk about the … [Read more...] about Get A Seat At The Longest Table
The Chicago Bean. The New York LOVE sign. Giant lawn birdies in Kansas City. UpDayton and the K12 Gallery for Young People & TEJAS invite artists to submit proposals for a new Dayton icon. This is a 2016 UpDayton Summit winning project. We are seeking creative thinkers to submit designs for an Instagram-worthy public sculpture that will attract locals and visitors alike. UpDayton and K12 will work with the selected artist(s) to assemble a team to construct the winning design(s). SUBMISSION CRITERIA: Eligibility: Open to both amateur and professional artists who reside in or have … [Read more...] about Got An Idea For a Great Dayton Icon?
“FOMO – Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website” – OxfordDictionaries.com Registration To avoid UpDayton Summit FOMO, we’d like to invite you to register as soon as possible for this year’s UpDayton Summit! You’ll find the registration form here. What is the UpDayton Summit? In its eighth year, the UpDayton Summit will return to the Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, April 28th at 5:30pm. At the Summit you’ll vote to decide which three creative young leaders will receive $1,000 budgets … [Read more...] about Prevent UpDayton Summit FOMO – Register now!
UpDayton, an initiative launched in 2007 to make Dayton a magnet for young and creative talent, held their 2016 Launch Event on January 26th at the Schuster Center, following the Dayton Development Coalition’s Annual Meeting. UpDayton leaders detailed the ways that young professionals, college campuses, businesses and community organizations can join the movement to create change in the city. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley stressed the city’s commitment to strong partnership and challenged young people to get involved, “We need your help recreating the downtown space that is our authentic urban … [Read more...] about UpDayton To Grow Impact in 2016
The UpDayton Board of Directors has named the keynote speakers for the UpDayton Summit on April 10. This year's event will feature two keynote speakers, both affiliates of the Detroit Future City nonprofit group tasked with re-imagining Detroit's urban planning and civic engagement programs. Together, they will present case studies from Detroit demonstrating how volunteers and civic engagement (plus a well-developed community plan) made an impact in the Motor City, providing tips and insight to help volunteers polish the Gem City. Charles Cross, ASLA, is the senior landscape … [Read more...] about UpDayton Summit Wants To Hear Your Idea For A Better Dayton!
AJ Ferguson started his new role as Updyaton Executive Director this week. His role is to ignite and lead this young professional organization on their mission of spurring economic growth in the Dayton region by attracting and retaining young talent. The group’s signature event is the annual UpDayton Summit, which gathers over 300 hundred Dayton area residents to share and vote on ideas to make Dayton a better place to live, work and play. “When I attended my first UpDayton Summit in 2012, I was overwhelmingly inspired by the enthusiasm and creativity in the room. It was this experience at … [Read more...] about Meet AJ Ferguson, UpDayton’s New Executive Director
Olivia Barrow came to Dayton two years ago to work for the Dayton Business Journal. And she quickly saw through the inferiority complex that our town seems to have and is excited about helping others see that, too. Olivia says, "I saw a lot of untapped potential in the Dayton region. Dayton's outdoor adventure possibilities, especially the rivers, really capture my imagination and inspire me to be active. The opportunities for young people to become influential in the community and in business also inspires my desire to make a difference." As a way to give back to her town, Olivia became … [Read more...] about UpDayton Launches Dayton Inspires
Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail, service, and office businesses to open downtown this fall as part of the seventh phase of its Pop-up Project. The project matches business owners and entrepreneurs with downtown property owners who have first-floor storefront space available for occupancy. Interested retailers or office space seekers should fill out an application, which can be downloaded here:Pop-up-Project-RFP-Fall-2014, and email it to Jen Cadieux at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is 5 p.m. … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurs- Deadline Extended For Activated Spaces
UpDayton wants to know, how embedded are you? UpDayton is calling on all residents of the Miami Valley to take a short four minute survey to measure their embeddedness to the region. Connect937 is a survey platform and community connectivity tool that measures a person’s attachment through the Embeddedness Quotient (EQ) developed by Dr. Brookes Holtom of Georgetown University. In a quick, four-minute survey, a participant is able to see his/her results and utilize tools to help improve their connectedness in the office and in the community. Results will be anonymized and UpDayton along with … [Read more...] about UpDayton Introduces Connect937: a Talent Retention Project
We’re proud to announce the 2014 Summit keynote speaker, Cynthia Bowen. RW Armstrong’s Director of Planning and Urban Design and the Region 4 Representative on the board of the American Planning Association, Bowen has traveled the world redesigning cities into vibrant urban centers. She’ll have an idea or two for how we can help build Dayton. New this year: Summit attendees will be able to submit ideas beforehand for improving Dayton, which will be voted on at the summit. They will also be able to indicate whether they’d like to lead a project. The actual summit will be where we discuss and … [Read more...] about Pitch, Vote, Ignite!