Dayton, Cincy team up to lure Amazon’s $5B headquarters

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 5:35 PM

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Dayton and Cincinnati are teaming up to try to sell Amazon on the southwest Ohio region as the company hunts for a location for its $5 billion second headquarters.

Dayton’s and Cincinnati’s applications to Amazon will emphasize the “uber region” that sits between the two cities and how how the combined Dayton-Cincinnati area is the 15th largest region in the United States, said Shelley Dickstein, Dayton city manager.

“The application is a collaborative one that supports a mutual outcome for Amazon coming to Cincinnati-Dayton region,” she said.

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Some business analysts and journalists ruled out Dayton as a possible landing spot for the new headquarters for being too small and lacking other traits Amazon wants.

But the combined Dayton-Cincinnati region has a huge variety of assets that could impress and lure Amazon, officials and elected leaders said.

The city of Dayton has a collection of sites that could work as Amazon’s new home, and so does Cincinnati and other parts of the southwest Ohio region, which will be promoted collaboratively, Dickstein said.

The southwest Ohio region is not alone in its communities making a joint pitch to Amazon. Some communities and jurisdictions in California, New York and other states are banding together in the hopes it will improve their desirability.

The short distance separating Dayton and Cincinnati means there are opportunities to try to grow the cities strategically to improve their connectivity and economic and market strength, officials said.

Dayton and Cincinnati is going to become more like the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., and Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, city officials said.

“Keep in mind that we’re talking about 50,000 jobs, so should we win this bid, there will be people coming from both the Dayton and Cincinnati areas to work there,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

Amazon, based in Seattle, Wash., expects to spend more than $5 billion to build a second headquarters that could employ 50,000 or more people with annual salaries of $100,000 or more.

Amazon employs more than 40,000 people at its original headquarters. Amazon says its investments led to $38 billion in additional spending.

Police search for suspects in reported armed robbery 

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 10:12 PM

Police are currently looking for two suspects after a reported armed robbery at Rich’s gas station on Salem Avenue, according to dispatchers.

Initial reports indicated the two suspects were wearing hoodies. 

There was no report of shots fired. 

It is unknown if anyone was injured.

The report was made around 9:40 p.m. 

We are working to learn multiple details about this developing story.

Vacant home destroyed after it explodes in Dayton 

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 2:19 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

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UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m: A vacant home in Dayton is destroyed after being the latest case of an explosion that occurred Sunday afternoon. 

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Crews responded to the 160 block of Bluecrest Avenue after receiving calls that a house was on fire around 1:30 p.m. While en route, responders were also told that neighbors  described hearing multiple explosions.

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The home’s front windows, in addition to stones on the front the house, were all blown off during the explosion. In total, firefighters estimate the damage to be about $45,000. 

No one was hurt as a result of the explosion, even though neighbors told our crew that they reported seeing a homeless person potentially living there.

“The home is vacant, and utilities were shut off months ago” said Tim Rose, District Fire Chief.

Investigators are still working to find out what caused the explosion.


Fire crews have been on scene of a working house fire in the 100 block of Bluecrest Avenue. 

Initial reports indicate there was an explosion. 

Dayton Fire District Chief Tim Rose told WHIO-TV that fire crews received a call at about 1:30 p.m. that a house was on fire. En route, responders were told witnesses heard an explosion.

“The house appears to have had explosions,” Rose said. “The front windows were blown out.”

He said investigators are looking into the situation. 

Police find no evidence of break-in at Fairfield Commons

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 4:06 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 9:32 AM

(Joey Bryant/Staff)
(Joey Bryant/Staff)

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m.

Police found no evidence of a break-in after a glass door shattered at The Fairfield Commons Mall early Sunday.

According to dispatchers, the glass was unstable and may have broken on its own. The glass was part of the door to Finish Line shoe store. 

Despite earlier reports, police found no evidence of a break-in.


Police are on the scene of a report of breaking and entering at 2727 Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. 

Construction crews working at a Chick-fil-A said they witnessed broken glass at the front door of the Finish Line shoe store. 

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Mall security did not give any details to our crews on the scene. 

We are working to learn multiple details about this story. 

One taken to hospital after accident on Salem Ave.

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 2:46 AM

(Joey Bryant/Staff)
(Joey Bryant/Staff)

One person has been taken to a hospital after an accident at 5360 Salem Ave. in Trotwood.

Police said that the driver was rear-ended by a second vehicle at the intersection. 

According to our crews on the scene, the driver of the vehicle that was struck was transported to a hospital. The driver suffered minor injuries.

The second car that struck the driver will be cited with failure to stop.