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updayton seeks to spur economic growth within the region by attracting and retaining young talent. updayton will do this by engaging, connecting and empowering young creatives in the Miami Valley.

Who are the Young Creatives?

The young creatives are the next generation of the creative class. They are engineers, poets, lawyers, computer programmers, scientists, artists and architects – anyone who is between the ages of 21-34 and creates for a living. Today’s entire creative class accounts for 30% of the population and over 50% of all wages and salaries – young creatives and their constantly increasing college graduation rates will be an even bigger force in our world. Where young creatives choose to live and work will determine the regions and businesses that are successful in the next decade.

April 18, 2009: The Young Creatives Summit

Dayton’s numerous universities and highly skilled students give it more talent potential than most anywhere in the country, but too many graduates are slipping away. This lost talent potential equates to significant lost economic potential. updayton is planning the first Young Creatives Summit, bringing together the Miami Valley’s diverse young talent, business leaders, non-profits, universities and elected officials to address the flight of young talent from the region.

The summit will feature a town-hall-type forum to air the needs and concerns of young creatives, engage them in the region’s decision making process and help build a shared vision of how the Miami Valley can be improved. Feedback from the town-hall will be used to generate a community action plan for fighting the brain drain and improving the region.

Here’s the schedule for April 18- register over here.

  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Registration check-in & breakfast
    sponsored by Standard Register
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Opening Session: Statewide and local leaders will talk about the
    importance of young talent for the future of Dayton & Ohio.
  • 11:15 – 12:30 p.m. – Breakouts: We’ll separate into groups organized by the topic you selected
    during registration. You tell us where Dayton needs to improve & what we should do about it.
  • 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Meet the Region Resource Fair & Lunch: Organizations from across the
    community are coming together to meet us. The Summit Resource Fair will enable you to
    network with the region’s leaders. Sponsored by the Dayton Development Coalition.
  • NOTE: The Resource Fair will also be available after conclusion of the Town Hall.

  • 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Summit Town Hall: The entire group gets back together to discuss our
    different ideas & vote on the top four. Dayton’s leadership will be there to listen.
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. – Action Plan Signup: If we haven’t beat each other up yet “discussing” our
    different ideas, then this is when you signup to help your favorite initiative. Yep, we expect you
    to help make things happen after the summit. Otherwise we’re just blowing hot air.
  • 8:00 p.m. – updayton Pub Crawl: We’re not going to do all this and not have a party. Join us
    for an Oregon District pub crawl later that evening. Entrance is free with your summit lanyard.
    Also, show your Summit lanyard at participating Oregon District restaurants and get 20% off
    dinner the day of the Summit.
  • To help updayton, please contact getinvolved@updayton.com

    updayton Vision & Pledge

    We are the updayton young creatives initiative. Our members are of all ages, and we are passionate about building a better Dayton. We are scientists, lawyers, educators and activists. Our diversity reflects Dayton’s diversity.

    Our region has a tremendous history. Our poetry has shattered racial barriers, we have broken codes to help end a great war and we’ve taught the world to fly. We are proud of our past, but we are not immobilized by its passage. The legacy of innovation and creativity in Dayton makes us excited about our future. We are ready for what’s next.

    Our night-life is vibrant and our arts are world-class. We have numerous parks and extraordinary museums. We value our short commutes and Dayton’s low cost of living.

    We have the largest single-site employer in the state. Our abundant universities and highly skilled students give us more talent potential than most anywhere in the country.

    We have all the ingredients to be great.

    We are tired of being labeled the rust-belt. For too long we have watched similar communities thrive while ours lags behind. We will not let the divisions from our past stop us from uniting to build a better future. We are committed to say, “no more.”

    We are tireless in our commitment to build a better Dayton. We are united by our common vision:

    • To harness the creative talent of all people in the Miami Valley to make our region a better place to live, work and visit
    • To connect our young people and engage them in the region’s decision making
    • To restore community to our communities
    • To build pride and hope in our region

    We are not east Dayton, or west Dayton, or north Dayton or south, but one Dayton. When confronted with the challenges of our region we do not see city or county lines.

    We are updayton. When someone asks us where we live, we are proud to call Dayton our home.

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