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									                                                                        Your Special Improvement District Update
                                                                         from the Downtown Dayton Partnership

   Event                                                                                April/May 2008

Connection Everything You Ever                                                      Other great features include:
                                                                                    · Complete listings of office space for lease/sale
  Spring 2008
                                 Wanted to Know
                                                                                    · Housing directories
                                                                                    · Dining and nightlife listings
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT                                                             · A complete calendar of events
     Schuster Center
       April 22-27               about Downtown                                     · My Downtown, where you can learn about
                                                                                      downtown from the people who make it
      Over the Rhine
     Canal Street Tavern                                                            · DDP’s news releases, posted as they happen
       April 25 & 26             Looking for a place to eat? Or for the parking     · Downtown demographic information
        First Friday             lot closest to your 3 p.m. meeting? Or maybe
    Oregon Arts District &       for contact information for downtown’s newest
 Cannery Art & Design Centre     condominium project? Check out the new
           May 2                 and improved, the
                                 Downtown Dayton Partnership’s updated Web
   DDP Annual Meeting            site that launched on February 6, 2008.
    Crowne Plaza Hotel
         May 6                   One of the biggest upgrades is our interactive
                                 map, where you can learn more about build-
Spring Designer Show House
    Dayton Woman’s Club          ings, housing, attractions, parking and develop-
         May 10-24               ment projects.

       Urban Nights

                                      Green Housing Coming to Downtown
   Throughout Downtown
          May 16
 City Life ‘08: A Downtown
       Sculpture Walk            The corner of First and Patterson in downtown
   by J. Seward Johnson          is about to be transformed from a parking
   Throughout Downtown           lot into an environmentally-conscious oasis.
      May 16-August 15           Litehouse Development Group, a partnership
                                 of Burhill Financial Services, Rogero Buckman
         RiverBlast!             Architects, and Visual Marketing Associates, is
    RiverScape MetroPark         planning to construct upwards of 30 “green”
           May 24                townhomes.
 For a complete list of events
                                 The pre-fabricated homes’ green features
  happening in Downtown
         Dayton, visit           include:                                           An artist’s rendering of the proposed townhomes          · Strategically positioned windows to              The townhomes are expected to be three lev-
                                   maximize sunlight, thereby reducing use of       els totaling 1,268 sq. ft. and accommodating up
                                   artificial light                                 to 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Plans also
                                 · Specially angled roofs to collect rain water     include one-car garages and elevated terraces
                                   to irrigate plants and gardens within the        on each unit. The expected price point for a
                                   complex                                          Litehouse townhome downtown is $200,000. A
                                                                                    model home will be open for tours during the
                                 · Full-house ventilation systems reducing          May 16 Urban Nights event.
                                   the need to max out heating and cooling
                                   equipment                                            For more info on Urban Nights, flip to the
                                 · Options for solar panels                             back page of this newsletter.
   LETTER                                       DOWNTOWN PROFILES:

                                                Faces & Spaces
                      from the

It is hard to believe                           Fesum Ogbazion CEO, Instant Tax Service
how fast 2008 is
going and that we                               Downtown Dayton
are already in the                              Home to American Dream
second quarter of
                                                In 2000, the corporate office of a small tax service with
the year. Recent
                                                fewer than 10 employees rented space in One Dayton
announcements                                   Centre. Only eight years later this coast-to-coast company
from KeyBank and                                ranks fourth among the nation’s largest tax operations. The
Flanagan, Lieber-        Sandy Gudorf,          success of Instant Tax Service is due to the entrepreneurial
man, Hoffman &           DDP President          spirit and drive of its CEO, Fesum “Fez” Ogbazion.
Swaim about their                               Fez immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia at the
commitment to stay downtown are very                                                                         Fez Ogbazion
                                                age of 9. His parents were two of the fortunate few in his
good news, and as you can see by looking        village who obtained an education thanks to missionaries from Indiana. They made the
in our “New on the Scene” section, several      move in order to pursue higher education for themselves and their children.
other downtown businesses have recently         While a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati, Fez opened his own tax prep service.
signed lease renewals. Our upcoming Urban       Only 19 years old at the time, Fez found great success and in six years had opened 26
Nights on May 16 is going to be a great         offices around Cincinnati. He sold the company to Jackson Hewitt and came to Dayton
event, and we are also excited to be part-      to start a new tax service.
nering with the City of Dayton, Montgom-        “I like the people of Dayton, and you can’t beat the affordable rent and favorable wages,”
ery County and Culture Works to bring the       Fez said. “I travel all over to sell franchises and I’ve seen the high retail space costs, the
City Life sculptures back for another exhibit   insane traffic jams. Dayton is a great place to grow this business.”
this summer that will feature twenty new        Fez is now just 34 and his Instant Tax Service has approximately 1,400 stores in 30 cities
public art pieces.                              across the country. All of this growth has led to an expansion of the executive team, allow-
                                                ing Fez to pull back and let his staff run the operation while he grows the business. In a
We also realize that downtown faces some        true show of the kind of guy he is, he’s even relocated to a smaller office, relinquishing the
real challenges in the coming year and that     prime corner office to his in-house corporate counsel.
we have a lot of work ahead of us. Vacancy
                                                As for his parents who brought him here, his father obtained a Ph.D. in theology and is a
rates for our center city are high, due in
                                                minister. His mother is a retired nurse. She now spends her time in one of her son’s store-
part to some large corporate relocations        fronts, preparing taxes.
that were previously announced and took
place in 2007. The DDP has been working to

                                                                 IN THE LOOP
address these issues, and we will be sharing
details of our strategy at our annual meet-
ing on Tuesday, May 6, at 7:30 a.m. at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel. We hope you can join
us to learn more about our 2008 Strategic
                                                                                                  BGH Studios Expanding
Initiatives that are in motion and other
projects that will have an impact on our                                                            High-tech marketing communications agency
                                                                                                    BGH Studios is investing $650,000 in facility
                                                                                                    upgrades. The City of Dayton is supporting these
If you are interested in attending the                                                              efforts with a grant of $125,000 from the City’s
annual meeting, please RSVP by calling                                                              development fund and the Montgomery County
our office at (937) 224-1518 or e-mail                                                              ED/GE program. The four-year-old firm is a full-
                                                                                                    service agency, offering marketing and public
                                                                                                    relations services as well as audio, video and Web
                                                BGH Studios’ third-floor space
                                                                                                    production. They currently occupy the third floor of
                                                the Bindery Building at 116 N. Jefferson St., and will be renovating and expanding into the fourth
                                                floor with two new video suites, an audio suite, a special effects studio, a video acquistion studio,
Sandra K. Gudorf
                                                and executive offices. This will bring their offices to 14,400 sq. ft. The growth in space will allow
                                                them to double in size over the next few years, becoming a firm of 30-40 employees.
Downtown Dayton Partnership
  Committed to                                                                                                    KeyBank Enhances
     DOWNTOWN                                                                                                     Downtown
                                                                                                                  KeyBank has announced its plans
                                  Flanagan, Lieberman,                                                            for a new downtown Dayton head-
                                  Hoffman & Swaim                                                                 quarters at 10 W. Second Street,
                                                                                                                  the former headquarters for Mead
                                  Announce Move to
                                                                                                                  Corporation. KeyBank will move its
                                  Kuhns Building                                                                  banking operations and corporate
                                  Downtown law firm Flanagan, Lieber-                                             offices from 34 N. Main Street to
                                  man, Hoffman & Swaim will be relocat-           the tower by the end of 2008. Visible changes will include the addi-
                                  ing to the Kuhns building this summer           tion of the KeyBank name and logo to the tower.
                                  from their current location adjacent to
                                                                                  The first floor of the building will be the new home for the down-
                                  Sinclair Community College. They plan
                                                                                  town Main Office branch facility, and the top three floors will house
                                  to sign a five-year lease for 11,600 sq. ft.
                                                                                  Corporate Offices, Retail Banking Administration, Commercial
 in the Kuhns and 3,200 sq. ft. in an addition connecting the Kuhns to
                                                                                  and Business Banking, and several other departments. All totaled,
 the McCrory building.
                                                                                  KeyBank will be taking 54,000 sq. ft. in the new building for 200
 “We looked at several downtown buildings thanks to the Downtown                  employees.
 Dayton Partnership’s Site Seeker program. When we found the Kuhns
                                                                                  “This is an ideal location for our Dayton headquarters, offering
 building, we were immediately impressed,” said Brad Smith, partner in
                                                                                  KeyBank great visibility and presence in downtown Dayton,” said
 the firm. “It’s first-class space, and we’re committed to staying down-
                                                                                  Ed Reilly, KeyBank Southwest Ohio District President. “In addition
                                                                                  it strengthens Key’s commitment to the City of Dayton and the
 Downtown developers Bob and Nancy Shiffler purchased the historic                central business district. Our new headquarters will provide a high-
 Kuhns building in 2002 and began intense rehab work. This move                   quality business environment for our valued employees and clients
 brings the Kuhns building to 100% occupancy.                                     alike.”

 new on the scene
                                        CANNELL GRAPHICS                         THANkS TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES FOR RENEWING
                                        MOvES INTO TEMPORARy                     THEIR LEASES DOWNTOWN!
                                                                                 · Ameritech, 130 W. Second Street
                                        Printing company Cannell
                                        Graphics has moved into                  · Coffee Chamber, 130 W. Second Street
                                        200 S. Jefferson Street. They
                                                                                 · Dayton Ohio Network, 130 W. Second Street
cater to business clients like architects, engineers and construction
companies in need of blueprints, but they also provide consumer                  · Doll, Jansen & Ford, 111 W. First Street
printing services. Learn more at, or call
                                                                                 · Douple, Beyoglides, Leve, Hansen, Claypool, kovich &
them at (877) 226-3199.
                                                                                   Lipowicz, 130 W. Second Street
PARENTS ADvOCATING CHOICE IN                                                     · Geehan Advisory Boards, Kettering Tower
PACE assists families with making educational choices for their chil-            · Hanaghan & Hanaghan, KeyBank Building
dren as well as scholarships. PACE held its 10th Anniversary School              · Nobel Temporaries/Management Recruiters,
Expo on April 5, 2008. Learn more at, call                      333 W. First Street
them at (937) 228-7223, or visit them at 40 S. Perry Street.
                                                                                 · Dr. Robert Schriber, 130 W. Second Street
BUILDING                                                                         · Ronald kozar, Attorney, Kettering Tower
Downtown is the new home for Nationwide Solutions, which                         · young, Pryor, Lynn & Jerardi, 130 W. Second Street
opened at 44 S. Main Street at the beginning of 2008. The staff of
eight offers tax preparation and credit repair services. They can be
reached at (937) 222-0500.·
                                                   Spring Urban Nights Set for Friday, May 16
                                                   Walk on downtown’s creative side! Join us for Urban Nights on Friday, May 16 from 5
                                                   to 10 p.m. for the best of downtown’s arts, dining, nightlife, housing and other creative
                                                   spaces. Over 100 locations will participate in the event, including the Oregon Arts
                                                   District and Wright-Dunbar’s Business Village. Urban Nights has been described as “an
                                                   all-out street party,” and nearly 20,000 people attended the last event. Just take a look
                                                   at what’s in store for May 16:
                                                   · Back by popular demand! City Life ’08: A Downtown Sculpture Walk by J. Seward
                                                     Johnson will return to downtown that night with 20 new sculptures. It will run until
                                                     August 15.
                                                   · Performance stages will be set up throughout the city featuring a variety of local
                                                   · Courthouse Square will be alive with entertainment throughout the evening
                                                     including a special concert by local favorite Velvet Crush from 9-11 p.m.
                                                   A complete schedule of events and a map will be available online at
                                          in early May.
                                                   Urban Nights is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Culture Works,
                                                   and Montgomery County, with additional sponsorship support from WDTN-TV2,
A Downtown   Sculpture Walk by J. Seward Johnson
                                                   DP&L, Greater Dayton RTA , and Budweiser Select. For more information about Urban
                                                   Nights, visit

                                                                                                                             Marketing Manager
                                                                                                                             Kristin Armstrong,

                                                                                                                    at (937) 224-1518 or
                                                                                                                    Sandy Gudorf, President,
                                                                                                                    in our efforts, please contact
                                                                                                                    would like to be a partner
                                                                                                                    downtown Dayton. If you
                                                                                                                    planning organization for
                                                                                                                    The DDP is the strategic
                                                                                                                    Become a DDP Partner!

                                                                                                               (937) 224-1518

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