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Conference aims to inspire Dayton women to lead

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 1:29 PM

The 35th annual Springfield-Clark County Armed Forces Day luncheon featured Cassie Barlow, executive director, WSU Aerospace Professional Development Center and colonel, USAF retired and past Wright-Patterson Air Force Base commander, talks about honor, commitment and courage of men and women in the armed forces on Monday. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
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The 35th annual Springfield-Clark County Armed Forces Day luncheon featured Cassie Barlow, executive director, WSU Aerospace Professional Development Center and colonel, USAF retired and past Wright-Patterson Air Force Base commander, talks about honor, commitment and courage of men and women in the armed forces on Monday. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Jeff Guerini)

Dayton-area women will have an opportunity this week to develop their leadership and business skills as they learn from women leaders in the business community.

The Better Business Bureau serving the Dayton region is celebrating its 10th year of hosting the Women in Business Networking annual Leadership Conference celebrates its 10th year —a two-day event focused on leadership and bolstering professional relationships between women.

The conference, hosted on Sept. 19 and 20 at the Dayton Convention Center, will give attendees the opportunity to learn about powerful business strategies and personal development concepts. Some breakout sessions include: Strategies to Advance Professionally, Defining Your Leadership Legacy, Manage Your Money: Communication and Capital, Connecting Through Content, and others.

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Melissa Cutcher, BBB’s vice president of leadership and development, said the conference allows women to take a minute to pause during their busy schedule and focus on themselves. The conference gives women time to reflect on their careers, professional strengths and what they want in the future.

“We are excited to present this outstanding lineup of speakers for the 10th anniversary of the WiBN Leadership Conference,” Cutcher said. “This year’s speakers will offer their insights and experience, as well as actionable solutions on the key issues facing women in the workforce today.”

The group of speakers includes renowned keynote speaker and YouTube star Michelle Poler; Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; President and CEO of Dayton YWCA Shannon Isom; CEO of Boost Technologies Anita Emoff; and others.

Isom will speak about leadership legacy, asking attendees to think about what they want their legacy to be. How often do you think about your legacy? What will you leave behind for the organization and the people you serve? Panelists, including Isom, will talk about how their mentors left their legacy and how women should lift up other women around them.

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“I am committed to leading through servant leadership, focused on meeting people where they stand, listening for what is needed, and honoring with truth,” she said. “I help women by creating spaces, providing platforms, and inviting women to the table, and with that invite, challenging them to change the narrative.”

She leads an organization dedicated to empowering women and eliminating barriers — like racial inequities — that stand in the way of their success. She is particularly passionate about ensuring women from marginalized groups receive support they need to become leaders, she said.

“It is imperative for leadership to reflect the impact we want to see; women of color, as all women, have contributed to the fabric of our past, our present, and our future, and we need to ensure a full diaspora of voices and perspectives is heard,” she said.

The full lineup of speakers and ticket information can be found at wibnconference.org/speakers.

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Port Authority to boost Arcade improvements, save project $1M

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:50 PM

The Dayton Arcade rotunda, perhaps the most recognizable part of the Arcade. FILE
The Dayton Arcade rotunda, perhaps the most recognizable part of the Arcade. FILE

On Monday, the Dayton Montgomery Port Authority Board of Trustees voted to have the Port support the downtown Dayton Arcade development project, agreeing to enter into four ground leases for four component parcels of the Arcade.

The Port will enter into capital lease agreements with four limited liability companies that own the Arcade’s component parcels, said Jerry Brunswick, executive director of the Port Authority.

The support will help save an estimated $1 million in sales taxes on materials used to improve Arcade, Brunswick said.

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“That’s valuable,” he said.

The trustees voted unanimously to participate in redevelopment of the historic downtown Arcade after a closed executive session lasting more than an hour. The vote took place without public discussion.

Consisting of nine buildings covering more than 330,000 square feet — including structures that go back nearly 120 years — the newly re-developed Arcade is expected to have commercial, retail, educational and residential elements. Key possible tenants such as the University of Dayton and Dayton brewer Warped Wing have expressed interest in a place at the Arcade, as have Boston Stoker and the Dayton Visual Arts Center.

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Just last month, the city of Dayton agreed to loan $10 million to the Cross Street Partners-led development partnership that said it now has secured nearly all of the financing it needs for a $95 million rehab of the southern portions of the Arcade.

When the Port Authority owns land, it can offer construction companies and developers several tools to boost construction projects, including a shield from expensive sales taxes on construction materials.

“Our ownership facilitates sales tax exemptions for these properties,” Brunswick said. “That will save them, the project operators, somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million.

“You can see that as part of the overall source of financing for the project,” he added.

He noted that the resolution trustees approved holds that the Port Authority’s participation is contingent on all the participating entities “coming together.”

“Our board’s approval of this means we’re one step closer — and it’s a significant step closer,” Brunswick said.

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Did Kroger make the list? America’s top 13 favorite grocery stores

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

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Some grocery chain have shoppers who are majorly loyal to their stores.

Marketforce surveyed nearly 13,000 U.S. consumers, and asked them about their grocery shopping habits including brand preference, customer experience and brand awareness. About 48 percent of customers were very satisfied with their customer experience during their last grocery visit, according to the survey.

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So, what brands rank highest for customer loyalty? These stores came out on top:

1. Publix Super Markets

2. Wegmans

3. Trader Joe’s Market

4. H-E-B

5. ALDI

6. Harris Teeter

7. Hy-vee Food Stores

8. Costco

9. WinCo Foods

10. While Foods Market

11. Fry’s

12. Kroger

13. Target

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NEW DETAILS: Columbus firm could take reins of downtown Dayton project

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

The Fire Blocks District is centered around the 100 block of East Third Street. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
The Fire Blocks District is centered around the 100 block of East Third Street. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

A Columbus-based company is looking at taking over a project to redevelop of the Fire Blocks District in downtown Dayton, which faces a key deadline this month related to state tax incentives.

Dayton’s city manager and other sources have confirmed with the Dayton Daily News that the Windsor Companies is interested in the project.

Scott Gibson, CEO of the Ellway Group, confirmed there is a group attracted to the project, but declined to identify them.

The Ellway Group owns many buildings in the Fire Blocks District, which is centered around the 100 block of East Third Street.

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Windsor Companies was behind the renovation of the Vetro Lofts in Italian Village in Columbus.

Windsor bought the building in 2013 in a court auction for $4.3 million and converted its apartments into 35 luxury condos, which are very modern and sleek, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Units are selling for more than $300,000. The Dispatch identified Alex Dorsey as the principal of Windsor.

In 2013, Windsor purchased a vacant senior housing complex in Hilliard for about $8.3 million, not including the costs of a negotiated settlement with bond investors, according to Columbus Monthly.

The Dayton Daily News has contacted the company and will update the story with its responses.

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Time is running out for a project to rehab two of the Fire Blocks buildings: the David (or Huffman Block) building and the Elks building.

In 2016, Ellway Group was awarded about $4.5 million in state historic tax credits to rehab the structures.

But earlier this year, the state told the developers that the project had not made sufficient progress. The state gave developers until the end of this month to prove the project has financing or return the tax credits.

Last week, Downtown Dayton Partnership Executive Director Sandy Gudorf said the Fire Blocks redevelopment plan was being restructured and a new developer was at the table.

Though she declined to identify the company, she said they have the capacity and vision to get the project completed.

CityWide president Brian Heitkamp also confirmed last week that the Fire Blocks project could get “new blood.”

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Construction begins on hotel near Rose Music Center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

This rendering shows a typical Tru by Hilton hotel. CONTRIBUTED
This rendering shows a typical Tru by Hilton hotel. CONTRIBUTED

Early construction has begun on a new hotel near the Rose Music Center at The Heights in Huber Heights.

Footers and cement work are in place, said Donnie Jones, Huber Heights assistant city manager.

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“I think all the ground work is either finished or underway,” Jones said Monday.

A building permit filed with the city of Huber Heights gives the value of the project as $6 million and identifies the contractor as Alpha Construction. The address is 7000 Executive Blvd.

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The hotel will be branded Tru by Hilton. The concept involves smaller, efficiently designed rooms with larger lobbies, approaching 3,000 square feet, offering room for work and games.

Hilton describes Tru as “a brand-new hotel experience from Hilton that’s vibrant, affordable and young-at-heart.”

The site’s developer, LAXMI Hospitality LLC, will construct a multi-story hotel with 88 to 100 rooms, City Manager Rob Schommer told this news outlet last month.

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