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Local leaders want input on revitalizing downtown

By Tim Tresslar DDN Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

DAYTON — A group of business and government leaders who have been working on a turnaround plan for the downtown said they want to hear from the public in the coming weeks.

At a press conference held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, officials announced A Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, an initiative aimed at creating a development blueprint for the city.

The planning effort, which began last year, has included input from local business executives as well as elected officials, administrators and staff from the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Montgomery County and the city of Dayton.

The effort is divided among three committees focused on the plan for downtown, a value proposition for the urban core and funding sources for implementing the plan. The group defines value proposition as the things that make Dayton an attractive place to locate and its competitive advantages.

Dr. Mike Ervin, a local philanthropist and co-chair of the planning effort, said the principles laid out on Jan. 27 are meant to act as a starting point for the discussion over the downtown’s future.

The group hopes to have a draft plan completed by June, he said.

“The future belongs to those regions taking urban revitalization seriously,” Ervin said. “Those are the regions that are and will continue to attract high-value jobs, young professionals and those businesses and institutions that want to employ them.”

Click here to find the Facebook Group. The next public meeting will be held on Feb. 17: 7 p.m. at Sinclair Community College, Charity Earley Auditorium, Ponitz Center.


Innovation Collaborative 2009 Overview

Ever wonder why you instinctively know how a product could work better if only…? Do you get almost a visceral reaction when you see colors that don’t relate? Can you get a group of people to immediately understand what you’re trying to explain by sketching an overview of the concept? Do others call you a brainiac? Do you find yourself daydreaming in full color? Ever look at a body of water and say “man has conquered the sky and yet he still can’t walk on water”?

Then you are who we are looking for…

A brief overview of our initiative and the next exciting upcoming events:

Walk on Water Party Events and Dates:

You can participate in one or all of these fun and mind expanding events:

  • February Brainstorming Concept Events (2):

    Meet with other interested participants to foster an interactive dialogue on different approaches to finding a solution to the challenge. You will hear from an insightful speaker and have the chance to participate in some creative exercises.
    February 19 6:00P – 8:00P – Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 North Jefferson Street
    February 20 5:30P – 7:30P – Dayton Engineers Club, 110 East Monument Avenue

  • March Team Formation Party:

    Come join in the camaraderie and meet individuals who you can team with. Interact with people who think from the “other” side of brain and build alliances to find a solution to the challenge.
    Location and Date TBD

  • April Walk on Water Pool Party:

    Join with your fellow participants as you unveil physical representations of your solution to the challenge. Be it a model, a poem, a painting or an interpretive dance, you will showcase your ideas and vie for $500 in prize money.
    Location and Date TBD

  • August Walk On Water Challenge:

    Come to Riverscape and test your solution on the Great Miami. We are collaborating with the Outrageous River Derby and adding to an already great Miami Valley Event. Another $1,000 in prize money will be up for grabs.
    August: Riverscape

Who’s Eligible?

Anyone who has some creative instinct artistically, mechanically or otherwise to solve the unique problem that has been posed. Teams should consist of 2 or more members 1 with a designation of each member as either right brain or left brain inclined.

How are the Entries/Ideas Judged?

As contestants, don’t ask us what we mean by “walk on water” –tell us what you mean by walk on water! And present something that meets that definition.

Anything sustainable/green gets extra points.

Anything that has economic potential or can positively impact the region in a long term way gets extra points.

Aesthetic value gets extra points.

If it actually works, that’s even better!

Questions? Contact us at InnovationCollaborative@gmail.com


Filmmaking in Ohio: Good News

By Ron Rollins | Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 12:47 PM

This just in: Gov. Ted Strickland just announced in his State of the State address in Columbus that part of his plan to boost economic development and jobs in Ohio will be some sort of tax-incentive program for filmmakers. Among several other initiatives, he said, “We will create a Film Tax Credit designed to spur the growth of the film industry, bringing new jobs and creative energy to Ohio.”

In a speech that was full of major programs and potentially game-changing proposals in everything from education to health care, this is good news in an unusual package that might not be that familiar to most people.

Here’s the background: Most states, for several years, have had in place incentives that make it easier for out-of-state film companies to shoot pictures on location, creating real competition in the last few years for film production that brings with it a lot of decent-paying jobs for actors, producers and crew members.

The main success stories on this front have been New Mexico, Louisiana and North Carolina, where film and television work has been a boon to local economies, especially in Albuqurque, Shreveport and Wilmington. The incentive programs vary from state to state, but generally they take the form of a forgiveness of sales tax or a return on investment from the state of 10 to 25 percent — the producers spends $1 million, say, and the state rebates them $100,000. When film budgets are being hashed out, that’s a big deal.

Ohio is one of about 10 states that hasn’t gotten in on this, and so has been out of the running — until now, apparently. The issue of filmmaking tax incentives has been discussed for a years, but moved to the front burner in Columbus in 2008, as the Cleveland Film Commission pushed heavily for a program in the hopes of luring a large-budget film starring Matt Damon whose producers wanted to shoot in that city, but ended up going to Michigan, which instituted tax breaks recently and got the movie instead.

The Cleveland group prodded legislators, along with help from FilmDayton, which sent representatives to lobby and speak on the subject last December (most notably, local film producer Karri O’Reilly, an expert on the subject). The Ohio legislature passed a bill approving film incentives right before year’s end. Strickland vetoed it over concerns he had with the structure of the bill, but now he seems on board.

If this works out right, incentives would open the door for Ohio to aggressively promote itself as a location for all kinds of film work. We have a lot to offer, too: urban and rural settings, rivers, coastline, forests, four seasons, empty factories that could serve as backdrops or sound stages — and a surprising number of talented film makers and crew who already live here and are ready to work.

A lot of them live right in the Dayton area, and have been working with FilmDayton to promote and encourage film culture and the idea of using filmmaking as a way to stimulate our sagging economy.

It’s a new group, not quite a year old — an outgrowth of the DaytonCREATE initiative that is trying to build activities that appeal to the young, professional “creative class” as a way to bring in new business and industry. Make an area more attractive to artists, engineers, filmmakers, immigrants and other so-called “bohemians,” the thinking goes, and you make your area more lively and attractive for development. What would Austin be, for instance, without its great, booming live-music scene? Just another Texas town.

FilmDayton imagines a future in which small and medium-sized producers, working closely with the great film program at Wright State University, travel regularly to our region to take advantage of our locations, talent and welcoming environment. We see cameras rolling and dollars flowing. As unlikely as it may sound, it’s possible with hard, concentrated work.

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Brainstorming Concept Event – Dayton Engineers Club at 5:30pm

Meet with other interested participants to foster an interactive dialogue on different approaches to finding a solution to the Walk on Water Challenge.   (WOW) is a creative competition to address a unique challenge of the ability to literally (or figuratively) walk on water.  Teams comprised of Right Brain (artist types) and Left Brain (Engineering types) creative people will work together to offer a solution to the challenge.  The solution can take many forms; from a graphic image, to a prototype model to an actual invention that will be put to the test on the swells of the Great Miami River.  You will hear from an insightful speaker and have the chance to participate in some creative exercises.

February 20 5:30P – 7:30P – Dayton Engineers Club, 110 East Monument Avenue


WOW Brainstorming Event at DVAC at 6pm

The Walk on Water Challenge (WOW) is a creative competition to address a unique challenge of the ability to literally (or figuratively) walk on water.  Teams comprised of Right Brain (artist types) and Left Brain (Engineering types) creative people will work together to offer a solution to the challenge.  The solution can take many forms; from a graphic image, to a prototype model to an actual invention that will be put to the test on the swells of the Great Miami River.

February Brainstorming Concept Events: Meet with other interested participants to foster an interactive dialogue on different approaches to finding a solution to the challenge.  You will hear from an insightful speaker and have the chance to participate in some creative exercises.

February 19 6:00P – 8:00P  – Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 North Jefferson Street


$1000 for 30 second video offer made to Dayton filmmakers

Initial Point,  a locally owned IT company,  has developed a new facial recognition program and is seeking filmmakers to create YouTube video’s to promote their product.  Company President Dave Gasper has offered up to $10,000 for ten 30 second video’s.  Gasper wants edgy, provocative and alternative videos to promote the use of PicsMatch as a tool for easy organizing and identifying of your photos on your computer.  PicsMatch can even be used with the popular social networking site like FaceBook.  For more info contact Dave Gasper



Gov says film incentives coming to Ohio!

In today’s State of the State address, Gov. Strickland made a surprise announcement, that was music to the ears of FilmDayton:  “We will create a Film Tax Credit designed to spur the growth of the film industry, bringing new jobs and creative energy to Ohio”.  HB196 that would have created film tax incentive passed the Ohio House & Senate with  resounding support, but Governor Strickland vetoed it earlier this month.   FilmDayton members had testified on behalf of this bill and are pleased to know that Strickland has obviously been swayed by the strong support and knowledge that such incentives will bring film work to Ohio.

To read the entire text of today’s address, click here.


PBR Dance Party to Benefit C{Space

activedayton.com

A PBR (yes, as in Pabst Blue Ribbon) Dance party was held at c{space last Friday night with all the proceeds going to benefit their brand new community arts space. Organizers invited all sorts of local scenesters who rsvped via Facebook and MySpace. Guests enjoyed a live locally djed dance night amidst the newly, and intensely, graffitied walls, with the latest kitchy beer of choice served up cold and canned, and lots of Crayola markers and butcher paper out for impromptu art on the fly. What more could you ask for on a January night in Dayton!

See more pics at Active Dayton!


Ohio tax credit for filmmakers still on lawmakers’ agenda

From Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wed, Jan 21, 2009

Columbus- Lawmakers from both parties aren’t ready to yell “cut!” to the idea of a tax credit for companies that film movies in Cleveland and other spots around the Buckeye State.

On the heels of Gov. Ted Strickland’s veto of the 25 percent tax credit last month, Sen. Tom Patton, a Strongsville Republican, announced plans to push forward again with the legislation this session.

I am willing to work with the governor, but we can’t afford to miss opportunities for new jobs,” said Patton in a statement. “Rather than waiting until July, we need to put this tool in our arsenal now and plan accordingly to cover this investment in jobs.”

Senate President Bill Harris, an Ashland Republican who holds a 21-12 edge in the chamber, was also quoted in the release, calling the film tax credit a “top priority” for his caucus.

When Strickland vetoed the measure, he said that the discussion on the tax break shouldn’t take place outside of his next two-year state operating budget. The Democratic governor also criticized the credit for being transferable among companies, saying that it added greatly to the administrative costs.

Meanwhile, Ivan Schwarz, head of the Cleveland Film Commission, said last week that he has had several sitdowns recently with top Democrats, including Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and House Speaker Armond Budish, a Beachwood Democrat.

They reached out to me,” said Schwarz, who said he was optimistic that a deal could be struck to bring the tax credit plan to Ohio.


Embrace your “marginalized” Dayton… c{space just did!

By Anne Rasmussen, Creative Incubator Team

One of the most important elements of a vibrant city is the ability of its citizens to embrace the character and diversity of expression that exists in their city’s street life. Fully functioning cities find ways to celebrate even the most marginalized parts of their population, turning what some consider civic liabilities into true community assets.

Take the shady graffiti artist for example. Often considered the bad boys of public art, graffiti artists and their work can be a frustrating and illegal source of vandalism and rebellious anti-community behavior. However, this form of art is also recognized as one of the most culturally legitimate ways for disenfranchised or marginalized members of a community to express themselves, show off their artistic talent and share their socio/political viewpoints. Moreover, their artistic style, anti-establishment flare and rebellious energy often spark the admiration and attention of much less marginalized members of the community.

In Melbourne, Australia, for example, the now famous and massively graffitied Laneways of Melbourne have become a virtual mecca for tourists, local scenesters, and celebrities alike as well as the many ordinary citizens of Melbourne who enjoy this quirky part of town. Historically, these laneways were simply the back alleys of shopping districts whose storefronts were found on the opposite sides of the buildings. However, as the back alley graffiti grew over time, it became recognized as something significant and worth showcasing. As a result, a virtual 180 degree change in perspective ensued and the alleys themselves became the focal point, with an endless maze of hip little shops, bars, cafes, and galleries springing up between the highly graffitied walls that separate them.

*A bride and groom being photographed in the Melbourne Laneways, from the ABC Documentary, “Not Quite Art” (see right sidebar).

Understanding a bit about this concept, the Dayton Creative Incubator Initiative decided to hold a uniquely “embracing” event last Sunday at c{space where they held a ten hour graffiti marathon, giving the Dayton region a chance to witness its own local and regional graffiti art. C{space’s brilliantly tapped-in event organizer Mary Kathryn Burnside called upon a talented artistic friend of hers who in turn got the word out that c{space was looking for a few “muralists” to give the space a fresh new look. And magically, like the chimney sweeps in Mary Poppins, over 25 artists from cities as far and wide as Cleveland, Indianapolis, Columbus, Louisville and Cincinnati, as well as the Dayton-Springfield area, descended on c{space by noon Sunday morning.

Armed with nothing more than tote bags full of paint cans, dressed in hoodies, masks, and baggie jeans, these merry pranksters got to work instantly, staking out walls, pulling out sketch pads and breaking out paint cans. Working independently but side by side, these artists, some of whom were old friends, and some of whom were long time rivals, spent an afternoon of artistic camaraderie, collaboration and mutual admiration in an environment unlike any in which most had ever worked…a space indoors, well lit and heated, with working bathrooms and a fully stocked fridge!

Adding to the irony, the building owner, a professional photographer, a writer and several other “outsiders” stood in awe as this artistic expression unfolded at breakneck speed. In fact, in less than 10 hours, c{space was transformed into a graffiti paradise.

By 10:00 p.m. that evening, all 25 masked men had completed their mission, packed up their supplies and disappeared into the night. Besides the amazing art on the walls, all that was left at c{space was an assortment of beer cans, water bottles, pizza boxes, and hundreds of empty spray paint cans.

Tolerance as a key to community building

Of course the question will certainly arise, “What, of substance, does Dayton gain from this day of rebellious artistic revelry?” Perhaps the most important thing Dayton gains is the comfort of knowing that on Sunday, January 18, the needle moved, if only slightly, towards a more tolerant and diverse community. And as a result of this tolerance, c{space converted itself into an indoor example of what many cities are willing to embrace outdoors in their communities – the bold expression of marginalized yet relevant people who live among them.

As a result of this amazingly spontaneous and collaborative day, c{space is now considering holding a mural design contest in an effort to bring some of this art to the outer walls of the building, is hoping to hold Wright State’s “Hip Hop and Healing” event this spring, is planning to hold a “street art/street music” event in February including break dancers and other street music, and is in a variety of discussions with other urban groups and organizations about holding events at c{space.

So, embrace your Dayton everyone! C{space did, and they now have 25 new friends who won’t be defacing the outside of their building anytime soon, at least not until c{space employs them to do so.


Another Catalyst recognized as a Dayton Original

Dayton is full of originals – those special people, organizations or landmarks that help make the city unique and distinct. While the city can boast of a number of originals who have illuminated our past, below are some “Dayton Originals” who shine today.

Meet Theresa Gasper:
T
heresa’s desire to improve and promote the historic South Park neighborhood is all about putting her money where her mouth is. Her company, Full Circle Development, has made an impact buying and rehabbing old houses in the South Park neighborhood.  She played a major role in its recently being awarded Neighborhood of the Year by a national organization, and she isn’t even a resident there — just a passionate promoter and a true Dayton Original!

To read about the other originals or nominate one of your own, click here


Innovation Collaborative Meeting- to be rescheduled due to weather

It’s an open meeting and new volunteers are welcome to join us on Tues, Jan 27th at the Wine Gallery on the corner of Third & Wayne in Downtown Dayton


Inauguration Lunch Party at c{space!

Update: WYSO interviewed attendees at this party- Listen here!

The 44th President of the United States will be sworn in next Tuesday at noon…and where will you be for this historic event? Will you be sitting by yourself at your computer, or maybe with a couple coworkers in your lunch room?

If you’d rather be gathered with a crowd of good company, watching the event live and projected larger-than-life, please join us at c{space, a new community center being developed in downtown Dayton. No matter whom you voted for, you’ll be glad you did.

We’ll order pizza & provide refreshments and a side for a $5-10 dollar donation to c{space….please RSVP on Facebook or to kaervin@aol.com if you’d like pizza. (You’re also welcome to bring your lunch–we have microwaves–or even bring something to share.)

Please tell all your friends, especially those who work downtown! See you Tuesday!


Region’s Boho’s make it to Super Bowl ad contest finals

Doritos is back for the third year in a row asking for user-generated commercials, then asking consumers to vote on which one should air during the Super Bowl on February 1st.

Two thousand contestants entered the “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, with the five finalists listed here.

Proving that the Daton region has a rich creative class, two of the finalists are from our area.  2000 Tippecanoe High School grad Mike Goubeaux’s spot, “Too Delicious,” which he directed; second, there’s “Free Doritos,” starring 1985 Northmont grad Steve Boot.  Each of the five finalists is receiving $25,000 and a trip to Tampa for the game.

So get out the vote and let’s see if Dayton can prove we are alive with a rich talent pool of creatives!

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DaytonCREATE catalyst Drew Fuller (updayton.) featured in Dayton Business Journal

Demand high for pro bono work
Dayton Business Journal – by Mary Beth Lehman DBJ Staff Reporter

Drew Fuller, a lawyer with Dayton-based Sebaly Shillito and Dyer, has made it his mission to give back by doing pro bono work for clients who cannot afford legal services.

Working with an elderly woman who could not afford an attorney, Drew Fuller worked pro bono to assist her in getting custody of her grandchildren, and saving them from a bad situation.

“I feel most fulfilled when the people feel less intimidated by the legal system,” Fuller said.

When Fuller became a lawyer, he made it his mission to give back. Since becoming an associate with Sebaly Shillito and Dyer, he has been involved in pro bono work, logging upwards of 50 to 75 hours a year. He also conducts monthly workshops with the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Dayton’s pro bono organization, offering legal assistance to clients who cannot afford it.

Read More!


Summit Planning Meeting @ 2nd Street Market 12:15pm

The Summit is not just the town-hall!  Updayton is proud to announce that the Dayton Development Coalition has agreed to lead a resource fair! After the conclusion of the town-hall, DDC will present a resource fair bringing together 40-50 organizations from around the region that want to introduce themselves to young creatives.  The summit brings together many professional and civic leaders who care about the development and success of young talent in the region.  These companies, organizations, and groups care about keeping young creatives in the region, too!
Be involved at the Summit on Saturday, April 18, 2009


updayton. January Newsletter

What has updayton been doing lately? Find out about Perspectives and Pints and news about the Young Creatives Summit in their January newsletter:


Roof of City Hall may be covered in grass

By Joanne Huist Smith

Dayton Daily News/Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

DAYTON — The City Hall roof could be teeming with greenery by this summer, but the vegetation won’t be a recreational zone for weary city employees.

The city is exploring installation of a GreenGrid® modular green roof system on a 2,000 square-foot section of the City Hall roof. The effort is a combination public education demonstration program and a storm water pollution reduction project, said Donna Winchester, environment manager for Dayton’s Department of Water.

A green roof is substantially covered with low-growing shrubbery. Because it is modular, a GreenGrid® roof can be adjusted and rearranged after installation. Modules can be moved for roof maintenance, according to the GreenGrid® Web site.

The plants on green roofs transpire, cooling the atmosphere around them. These factors have the potential, in large scale, to lower city temperatures.

Winchester said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requires education projects as part of the city’s storm water discharge permit. Funding will come from the city’s Water Department, storm-water development fund, not general fund tax dollars.

The green roof, approved by the Dayton City Commission on Dec. 23, will cost $33,578. Next week, Cleveland-based, VIP Restoration will begin a $11,000 analysis to determine if the roof can support the system. The analysis will be done in three weeks.

“If we didn’t spend money on this project, we’d have to do something else with the same goal of reducing runoff to the storm-water system,” Winchester said.

Green roofs are credited with reducing heating and cooling costs, but Winchester said energy savings by the city are expected to be marginal as vegetation will only cover one-third of the roof.

Still, there are expected benefits.

“We believe this demonstration project will be a catalyst for other green infrastructure projects,” Winchester said.

Read More!


Creative Incubator Starts c}space Facebook Page

The Creative Incubator team has arranged for the use of a 5,000 sq ft former bank on the eastern edge of downtown Dayton which we are calling c{space.

c{space is a center for creative community collaboration, and has already held successful events such as Ladyfest and the 50 Under $50 Arts & Crafts Bazaar in conjunction with local groups such as the Circus Creative Collective and Sarasvati Productions. Our calendar is quickly filling up, so check back for all sorts of creative community events!

Join the c}space Facebook group here!

Contact Info
Email: kaervin@aol.comm
Website: http://www.daytoncreate.org
Location: 20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, OH 45402


Strickland Rejects Movie Tax Break

Rejection Comes With Veto Pen

Tuesday, January 6, 2009Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland did not raise a megaphone at the Statehouse and yell “cut,” but the effect was just the same.The governor killed plans for tax breaks for the movie industry with one stroke of his veto pen.Strickland said late Tuesday that the veto came because the tax breaks appeared to be a poor investment.Lawmakers had approved the plan in late 2008 in hopes of encouraging the production of more movies in Ohio. Thousands of new jobs were to be created under the plan, according to the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Patton of Cleveland.In a written statement, Patton said he was disappointed in the governor’s veto.“Today’s action by the governor closed the door on legislation in which many individuals had spent years working, but more importantly, the possibility of 1,500 new job opportunities for the Cleveland area that were promised if this bill had been signed into law. I find that deeply troubling,” Patton said.Strickland said the tax breaks could amount to $100 million a year and that the state could not afford it.“The experience of other states suggests that the return on investment with a film tax credit is a weak 14 to 20 cents on the dollar, making the credit a very expensive means of creating jobs. Given the uncertainties in our economy and revenues, I do not believe an expensive, new, and difficult-to-administer tax credit should be adopted outside the context of budget deliberations,” Strickland said.Strickland’s rejection of the movie tax break bill was among several vetoes announced on Tuesday.He also vetoed an election reform bill passed by majority Republicans in the House and Senate.Strickland called the changes passed by lawmakers “overbroad” and said they “may make elections administration even more difficult.”Republican lawmakers disagreed. Jim.otte@whiotv.com


Community Arts Center Anchors Revitalization Efforts

Check out “AS220,” a Providence, RI community arts center which inspires the direction of the Creative Incubator initiative:


What We’re Doing And How You Can Help

This is Dayton’s first really big project is about to get under way and we could use some help. Not the heavy lifting kind but the few hours over the next couple of months kind.

One of our “mandates” is to address issues of tolerance within the region. One way we will do this (and at the same time let people know who’s here) is to feature different groups and organizations. These groups will be teamed with a creative and a photographer to find out how they can best be represented graphically. These representations will then be placed on billboards and, possibly, posters throughout the community.

Among our first group of 25 to be featured are scientists from the base, people with tattoos, church choirs, Xfesters, gay men, Harley Riders, etc.

Here’s where the we need help part comes in – if you or anyone you know is involved in any of the following, would you, could you help us find a group or groups of people willing to participate in defining an image and posing? We are looking for some type of leadership to get these people together. So, here’s the benefit to you – a chance to get involved, a chance to be on a billboard, and chance to formalize relationships between like-minded people.

(Some of) the first featured groups:
Cancer survivors
People who use facebook
Nascar fans
The tattooed

There are more and if you are interested, I’ll email all to you. Also, if you have an idea for a group to be featured, by all means let us know.

Thank you for your time and support.

Bridget
bridgetoaks@yahoo.com

or contact Theresa Gasper at Suite1@aol.com