Phoenix Next enters a new phase

By April 26, 2018 News

Since the two Community Forums held on March 22, the Phoenix Next effort has been advanced in several key ways.

Input reveals top ideas, high satisfaction

The highly-interactive Community Forums and subsequent online survey engaged approximately 220 community members and yielded 750 ideas. The most prevalent actions or outcomes that community members indicated they would like to see related to the topics of health, housing and economic development. Satisfaction rates were very high, with 96 percent of participants who responded to an exit survey indicating they were comfortable working in the small groups and 98 percent who said they felt their input was accurately recorded.

A summary of input gathered from the Community Forums can be found on the Resources page of this website. As follow-up to the forums, the planning team will reach out to other key constituencies in the community.

Advisory committee appointed

A citizen advisory committee has been appointed to bring insight and perspective to the planning process. Their ideas and recommendations will provide guidance to the Phoenix Investment Committee and Board of Trustees. A summary of the committee and engagement structure for the project can be found on the Resources page of this website. Confirmed advisory committee members include representatives from the following organizations:

  • City of Dayton
  • College Hill Neighborhood
  • Dayton & Montgomery County Department of Public Health
  • Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority
  • Dayton Police Department
  • Dayton View Triangle
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Fairview Neighborhood Association
  • Fairview United Methodist Church
  • Five Rivers Health Center
  • Harrison Township
  • Human Relations Council
  • Huntington Bank
  • Miami Valley Golf Club
  • Northwest Priority Board
  • Northwest Dayton Library Branch
  • Omega Baptist Church
  • Premier Health
  • Regional Transit Authority
  • Salem Avenue Business Association

At the first meeting of the advisory committee, members were asked to share one word about their mindset coming into the process. Words and phrases identified demonstrated that members are generally coming into the process with an open mind and a desire to be part of a constructive dialogue: anxiously hopeful, cautiously optimistic, curious, energized, excited, expectant, growth, hopeful, inspired, involvement, lemonade, opportunity, skeptical, and visionary.

Next steps

The planning team is working to inform the conceptual direction for the investment and re-use strategy.  Conditions and trends information is being collected and analyzed. Moving into the summer, developing a community vision will include additional public engagement opportunities meant to give the community a significant role in shaping the area’s future. A multi-day conceptual planning workshop will take place in late June.

The public engagement and planning process will be overseen by the Phoenix Board of Trustees, which is comprised of representatives of the City of Dayton, Premier Health, CityWide and the community. On April 25, the Dayton City Commission appointed six members of the community to the Phoenix Governance structure. Joining the Phoenix Board are: Rev. Sam Winston, Tom Maultsby and Michael Colbert. Joining the Phoenix Investment Committee are: David Greer, Sharon Taste and Jeff Cooper.