Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Dayton Region Economic Development StrategyMVRPC is leading regional economic development planning efforts in partnership with the Dayton Development Coalition and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

In 2021, MVRPC and DDC launched a process to update the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Dayton Region.  Titled the Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy, the CEDS is a strategy-driven plan to strengthen, diversify and build resiliency for our regional economy.

A current and EDA-compliant CEDS is necessary because it is a prerequisite for many critical funding and technical assistance opportunities available through the Department of Commerce for government, higher-education, non-profit and economic development organizations to accomplish the goals set out in this plan. The adoption of the Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy establishes an agreed upon set of strategic priorities, goals and objectives, along with an evaluation framework, that will guide regional economic development efforts through 2026 and beyond.

For the purposes of the CEDS planning process, the Dayton Region is anchored by the cities of Dayton and Springfield, Ohio and includes the following 13 counties in Southwest Ohio: Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren.

The major outcomes of the CEDS process include:

  • identification of regional priorities;
  • streamlining and coordination of regional resources;
  • diversification of our economy for greater resilience;
  • impact on equity and increased opportunity for all;
  • economic development efforts which extend across all sectors and geographic areas;
  • increase in access to funding and technical assistance to implement the CEDS plan strategies.

MVRPC and DDC leveraged both agencies’ existing member and stakeholder groups in the Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy planning process. Particular efforts were made to engage private and public sector leaders from each of the participating counties, major industries, entrepreneurs and critical workforce partners to ensure that the Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy reflects the priorities and needs of our entire region. 


From January 5 - February 4, 2022, we invite the public and all stakeholders in the Dayton Region to review and comment on the Final Draft 2022 - 2026 Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy.  

Review the Final Draft 2022 - 2026 Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy

Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy Comments

We welcome your comments regarding the DRAFT Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy. You may also review the materials at the MVRPC offices, 10 N. Ludlow Street, Suite 700, Dayton, OH, 45402, during regular business hours (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). Written comments will be accepted through February 4, 2022, at the above address or via email to Stacy Schweikhart, Director of Strategy and Engagement at sschweikhart@mvrpc.org or 937.223.6323 / TTY/TDD 1.800.750.0750.

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