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.

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Local artists team up for 9th Annual Art Splash

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 7:21 PM

URS will host the 9th Annual Art Splash for local artists on Tuesday
URS will host the 9th Annual Art Splash for local artists on Tuesday(

Local artists spent Tuesday creating with more than 300 children, adults and seniors during the ninth annual Art Splash.

United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton played host the event for those who attend youth and adult services programs.

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This year’s talent includes photographers, visual artists and musicians. They will work with a variety of media including sculpture, painting and metal.

“Art is one of the many enrichment activities we offer the individuals we serve each day,” said URS Executive Director Dennis Grant. “Thanks to the generosity of these local artists, we can offer a meaningful cultural experience to them.”

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The URS Art Splash is only one of many events held in conjunction with the 15th annual URS Rubber Duck Regatta that will be held on Sept. 15 during the Hispanic Heritage Festival. That’s when 20,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Great Miami River at RiverScape Metropark for a chance to win seven great prizes.

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Identity of man fatally electrocuted at Hamilton home released

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:59 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

David E. Robertson, 67, of Hamilton, was doing chimney work on a house in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue when he made contact with a power line, according to Hamilton police.

Robertson was found unresponsive and could not be revived by the Hamilton Fire Department, according to the police report.

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UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. July 16:

An autopsy was performed today on the man who was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue in Hamilton, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

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Results are expected to be released Tuesday, officials said. 

Because the incident took place at a residence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, doesn’t have jurisdiction, said Scott Allen, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor.

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He said OSHA only has jurisdiction to conduct an investigation if the accident took place at a business and there was an employee/employer relationship.


A man was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. at 2327 Pleasant Avenue, according to a release.

Units from the Hamilton Fire Department responded to a reported electrocution, and upon arrival found a male subject had made contact with power lines while operating on a portable articulating lift.

The equipment was quickly de-energized through the rapid efforts of the Hamilton Electrical Utility Division.

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It was determined that the lift operator did not survive the event and the Butler County Coroner and Hamilton Police Department are investigating the incident.

The man was removed through the cooperative efforts of the employees from the fire, police, and electrical divisions.

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Springfield homicide victim identified 

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:08 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:37 AM

Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

UPDATE @ 9:40 a.m. (July 16):

The victim in Saturday’s homicide shooting as been identified as Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. 

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m. (July 15):

Springfield police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that occurred Saturday evening in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

The neighborhood was quiet Sunday afternoon, but Saturday night, police tape, investigators, and police cars swarmed the area. “It’s a bit disturbing. What can occur,” said Michael Carey of Springfield who lives on E. Rose Street.

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He first heard about the news shortly after the victim was found dead. He’s not happy another homicide happened, but he isn’t shocked either. “It’s kind of typical around this whole area because it happens every now and then,” said Carey.

For now, Carey hopes whoever did this will be caught. “I’m just concerned about our well-being.”

UPDATE July 15 @1:09 a.m.:

A shooting that occurred late Saturday night near E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue has been ruled as a homicide, the Springfield Police Department confirmed.

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Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

No suspects have been named at this time. 

FIRST REPORT July 14 @11:08 p.m.:

A male in his 50’s was shot twice Saturday evening at E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

Police crews were dispatched around 10:30 p.m., with detectives and crime scene investigators en route.

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The victim’s injuries are unknown at this time.

We will update this page when more information becomes available.

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Power restored in Clinton County

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 9:01 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Troy power line fire

UPDATE @8:30 a.m.: Power has been restored.

UPDATE @ 2:13 a.m. (July 16): An estimated 1,154 Dayton Power & Light customers are still without power, according to the utility’s online outage map.

We’re working to find out what caused the outage, which has persisted through Sunday evening.

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UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m.:

DP&L was reporting 1,186 outages, 1,176 of which were in Clinton. Other scattered outages were reported in Logan, Miami (1 each) and in Montgomery (8).


Thousands of Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening.

As of 8:48 p.m., 2,226 are without power in Miami and Clinton counties. 

The following numbers were reported:

  • Clinton: 1,529
  • Miami: 690
  • Montgomery: 6
  • Logan: 1

A Miami County viewer sent WHIO-TV video purporting to show a power line on fire in Troy. 

Nick Kleiner said he was walking along Shaftsburry about 8:30 p.m. when he noticed the power line on fire. It only lasted about five minutes, he said, and ended when an end piece of the line broke off.

Kleiner said it didn’t seem like a lot of damage was done. 

Whether a DP&L crew was dispatched was not certain.

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