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Dayton Mayor: we can be a vibrant city

Dayton Mayor's Office

Dayton mayor Nan Whaley delivered her state of the city address Wednesday. She said Dayton can be a vibrant city, but getting there demands more than just talk.

"Our vision of a thriving, vibrant city can’t just be about talk," Whaley said. "It must be about action and results."

Whaley said the city is seeing results. She cited the May renewal of the city's income tax as a success in keeping Dayton on solid financial ground.

Crime is also down three percent, according to numbers from Dayton Police.

Whaley also pointed to Dayton being named an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership recipient from the federal government and the ground breaking for a new Water Street District. That project is expected to generate $45 million in commercial and residential development along the city's riverfront.


Whaley announced a new initiative during her speech. "Dayton - At Your Service" is a multi-year plan to make it easier for residents to obtain services, and improve the city's customer relations.

"We will engage the community so that we clearly understand what our citizens and businesses expect," said Whaley. "And we will review best practice models that have resulted in the consistent delivery of great customer service."

Whaley calls the program a call to action. "It is a call to rebuild this City’s image as the region’s leader."

Read the full text of Whaley's address: