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DaytonMostMetro.com (DMM) features an extensive events calendar which can be syndicated on other Web sites and utilized as the region’s single resource for event information. Focused less on news, and more on regional experiences, site visitors can read featured articles or explore areas of interest including arts and entertainment, food/drink, shopping, getting involved, life, the urban core and outdoor recreation. Other perks include an interactive discussion forum and links to area resources. The major advantage of DMM is that it provides information at a single spot so people don’t need to search multiple Web sites to see the full picture of Dayton.

History of DMM: The first incarnation of DMM was created in August 2006 by Bill Pote, who lived in Chicago and Tampa before moving to Dayton in 2001. The original focus on downtown provided a forum for bloggers to discuss city issues. After the updayton Young Creatives Summit, Pote joined the updayton project and offered his well-trafficked site to be re-vamped and re-built in partnership with the project team.

Creation of the new DMM: At the updayton Young Creatives Summit in April 2009, approximately 200 regional young professionals voted on projects that would increase their satisfaction with Dayton. A top vote-getter and one of the most popular projects was the Online Communication Hub. Since the Summit, approximately ten updayton volunteers worked to create a site that allows people to experience the Dayton region with a mouse-click. Pote is excited to be part of the team creating the online magazine for the community. He says, “DaytonMostMetro.com is a fun way for people to connect to each other and the region; DMM has information and personality. We’re excited to launch now because there’s a lot of great material on the site, but everyone should continue to check back because we’ll grow as our contributors add more of their insights and experiences.” DaytonMostMetro.com remains an all volunteer initiative.

Updayton project lead Scott Murphy is excited for the launch of the site. Murphy says, “We know people don’t necessarily recognize all the great assets in our region. DMM gives our residents an ‘easy button’ to learn more about neighborhoods, events, festivals, arts, and ways to get involved around town.” The lack of easily accessible information is a common complaint updayton heard from many young creative professionals; DaytonMostMetro.com fills that gap.


FILMDAYTON HIRES NEW DIRECTOR

New organization takes next step to boost local film industry

For more information, contact:
• Gloria Skurski 937-220-1645, gskurski@thinktv.org
• Eva Buttacavoli, 937-694-9374, evabuttacavoli@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DAYTON, Ohio — FilmDayton has hired seasoned arts administrator Eva Buttacavoli as director of the organization designed to boost filmmaking in the region, its board of directors announced.

Buttacavoli, who has worked previously as director of exhibitions and education at the Austin, Texas, Museum of Art and as curator of education for the Miami Art Museum in Miami, Fla., will be the first director of FilmDayton.

FilmDayton, an outgrowth of 2007’s DaytonCREATE movement, seeks to build film audience and business in Dayton and the surrounding area, and to encourage the growth of the local filmmaking industry. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, it produces the annual FilmDayton Festival in downtown Dayton in May of each year and conducts monthly “Film Connections” meetings at which local filmmakers meet to discuss and share their work.

In addition to planning local film education programs and the second FilmDayton Festival, FilmDayton is planning to initiate a membership program and to continue working to make the region more conducive to filmmaking work. It is working with the Muse Machine, Centerville High School and Wright State University on a student filmmaker “boot camp” in 2010. FilmDayton has also partnered on programming with the local African World Film Festival and the Sundog Film Festival, and worked with HBO on Dayton premieres of two documentaries on the network, “The Last Truck” and “They Killed Sister Dorothy.”

“FilmDayton was looking for a director who could help build us up from being a busy, all-volunteer group into a vibrant, can-do organization that finds new, creative ways to help filmmakers who want to work here,” said Ron Rollins, president of FilmDayton’s board. “Eva’s experience and insights into the needs of artists, educators and filmmakers will be a real asset to Dayton’s growing film community.”

“I’m committed to the people who make, watch and love film, who talk, blog and Tweet about it,” Buttacavoli said. “I’m also committed to making our region a new nexus of it all.”

Buttacavoli, who lives in Centerville with her husband, began her duties Nov. 1.


Save the Date: 2010 Young Creatives Summit

smalludsOn April 16th, 2010 the Young Creatives Summit will be back and better than ever. Like in 2009, the 2010 Summit will provide new and creative ways to give young people a louder voice in the direction of the Dayton region. Also, new to the agenda this year will be workshops to give young creatives some of the tools they’ll need to be community leaders.

The 2010 Summit promises to be an event you won’t want to miss. Save a spot on your calendar for the Young Creatives Summit on April 16th, 2010 at the Dayton Convention Center.


Dayton Holiday Fest Needs You!

daytonholidayfestThe 2009 Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for volunteers to help out during the Grande Illumination on Fri, Nov 27th from 6-9:30pm.  For more info please contact Molly or call her at 224-1518 x 229.Dayton


First Paid Job Spawned From DaytonCREATE

DaytonCREATE

Creating Regional Excitement, Action, Talent and Enthusiasm

In 2007 The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) assembled the Creative Class Taskforce of 20 community groups, that funded  Dr. Florida’s “Creative Communities Leadership Project” in the greater Dayton area.  In March of 2008,  32 catalysts have launched these five initiatives to pull together the ideas and talents of all parts of the community in building creative environments for broad regional prosperity.  Now in Nov of 2009, the first job has been created from this movement.

PrintOne of the initiatives, FilmDayton works to build film audience and business in Dayton and the surrounding area, and to encourage the growth of the local filmmaking industry. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, it produces the annual FilmDayton Festival in downtown Dayton in May of each year and conducts monthly “Film Connections” meetings at which local filmmakers meet to discuss and share their work.  After eighteen months as an all volunteer organization, FilmDayton has hired seasoned arts administrator Eva Buttacavoli as director of the organization designed to boost filmmaking in the region, its board of directors announced.

11540_1203883950097_1618560229_512280_1125709_sButtacavoli came to the Miami Valley in 2008 and was an active volunteer with DaytonCREATE.  Previously, she was the director of exhibitions and education at the Austin Museum of Art, where she was recognized for creating art experiences that connect to everyday life and curated numerous exhibitions. Buttacavoli also has served as director of education at the Miami Art Museum and Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum in Miami. She was awarded museum educator of the year in both Texas (2006) and Florida (1999).  “I’m committed to the people who make, watch and love film, who talk, blog and Tweet about it,” Buttacavoli said. “I’m also committed to making our region a new nexus of it all.”

Buttacavoli, who lives in Centerville with her husband, began her duties Nov. 1st.
In addition to planning local film education programs and the second FilmDayton Festival, she will help FilmDayton initiate a membership program and to continue working to make the region more conducive to filmmaking work. The organization is working with the Muse Machine, Centerville High School and Wright State University on a student filmmaker “boot camp” in 2010. FilmDayton has also partnered on programming with the local African World Film Festival and the Sundog Film Festival, and worked with HBO on Dayton premieres of two documentaries on the network, “The Last Truck” and “They Killed Sister Dorothy.”


A One Night Stand

hgHave you checked out Dayton Theatre Guild in it’s new Oregon District location?   From the authors of Dearly Beloved and Christmas Belles, The Hallelujah Girls will be live on stage  through Dec 13th

Hilarity abounds when the REAL HOUSEWIVES of Eden Falls, Georgia decide to shake up their lives. This rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned day spa where Sugar Lee, Carlene, Nita, Mavis and Crystal gather every Friday afternoon. After the loss of a dear friend, the women realize time is precious and if they’re going to change their lives and achieve their dreams they have to get on it now! And do they ever!


Be a MetroParks Volunteer!

Logo-1Express your care and concern for the environment, learn new skills and meet people with similar interests as a volunteer for Five Rivers MetroParks. Volunteer opportunities are as varied as the MetroParks themselves. All you need to become a volunteer is enthusiasm for our natural or cultural history, a willingness to learn and a desire to share with others. Your time commitment depends on you and your chosen assignment. No previous training or experience is required; training is provided. As a volunteer, you will make things happen and provide a valuable contribution to the preservation and enjoyment of our natural areas. You will also receive benefits including an annual recognition party and training.

It’s fun, rewarding and easy to get involved! Review the opportunities at the facilities and with various programs and contact the volunteer coordinator for the areas that interest you. Additional information and applications are available by filling out a volunteer opportunities inquiry.


Check out “The Plan”

gdtnplan-logoThe public and private sectors in Greater Downtown Dayton have joined forces to create a bold, unified plan for the region’s center city called A Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. It will establish a very tactical, deliberate game plan for the future of our Greater Downtown and identify collaborative ― not competitive ― strategies for creating a more vibrant city.

For more background on the Plan, see the information at the bottom of this page.

Read Drafts of the Preliminary Plan Recommendations:
More than 200 volunteers have been working to compile the public’s ideas and to research and develop preliminary Plan recommendations. Below are the draft recommendations, along with supporting documents, maps, renderings and other resources.

Join the Discussion!
Many members of the public have contributed ideas, and you can still do so. Visit the discussion threads in the forum at DaytonMostMetro.com or join us on Facebook under A Greater Downtown Dayton Plan to stay in the loop.

Tell Us What You Think!
Your input is needed to help finalize the Plan recommendations. What’s missing? What do you like? What should be the top priorities? Download and fill out our Public Input Form, give your ideas and help shape downtown’s future!


Plan Background and More Info
For additional background information on the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan and how we got to where we are now, check out the following documents and resources:


Do You Know A Women Of Influence?

WOIPin1-150x150The YWCA Dayton is seeking nominations for its 2010 Women of Influence Awards. This award honors women in the greater Dayton community who have made a positive impact on the lives of people in the Miami Valley through their community service.

Nominations are accepted from the community and honorees are selected by a panel of community leaders. Nominees do not have to be active in the YWCA. They should reflect the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and should also exemplify community spirit, leadership, volunteerism and making a difference in the lives of others. To nomiate a Woman of Influence, go to the YWCA Dayton website: www.ywcadayton.org and complete the online nomination form. Deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, December 4, 2009.

A luncheon celebration will be held on March 18, 2010 at the Dayton Convention Center to honor the award winners. For more information on tickets and sponsorship, please call Angie Hoschouer at 937-461-5550, ext. 179.


Save These Dates!

smalludsTwo of the original initiatives from DaytonCREATE are making plans for their sophomore efforts in 2010.

For young talent in the Miami Valley, April 16, 2010 is a day you’ll want to reserve  for the 2nd updayton summit.  Organizers will add a professional development track to the one day conference. Check the  updayton website  for more information.

For filmmakers and movie fans alike, put May 14-16 on your calendar as the 2nd Annual FilmDayton Festival. Partnering with WSU Film School, BIG LENS will have a return showing as part of the line up, and expect premieres, parties and workshops to make the schedule.  Updates will be posted on the FilmDayton website soon.


Dayton Region Rally

November 17th, 2009 | #:30 - 5:30 PM | Doors Open at 2:30 | University of Dayton Arena

We’re all in charge of our future, so let’s make it a positive one.
Join others in our community and become a part of this exciting event that highlights our regional strategy for growing jobs and celebrates all the opportunities available in our area. Hear how others are achieving success in the Dayton Region, and learn how you can get involved and do the same

IT TAKES ALL OF US TO MAKE OUR REGION A BETTER PLACE. PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO ATTEND THE RALLY AND BECOME PART OF A GREATER EFFORT.

RSVP NOW TO ATTEND

A sneak peek at some of the Presenters

  • Kellen Winslow, Athletic Director at Central State University and NFL Hall of Famer
  • Joe Sciabica, SES, Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Stacia Edwards, Director, Regional Workforce Transformation Consortium
  • Sean Creighton, Executive Director, SOCHE
  • Theresa Gasper, DaytonCREATE
  • Dr. Tom Lasley, Dean, UD School of Education, Edvention
  • Dr Mike Ervin, Oregon District – Downtown Dayton Plan

Be there for a chance to win a new car

With your online reservation, you are automatically entered for the chance to win a 2010 Buick LaCrosse. Must be present to win. View Details 2010 Buick LaCrosse