Community-involved Spark Kettering plan will guide city’s intentional economic growth

Kettering City Manager Matt Greeson knows “dynamic and vibrant business communities are developed with intention,” not by accident, which is why the city “has a community-involved plan, coined ‘Spark Kettering,’ that will guide the city’s future," the Dayton Business Journal reports. The name is a nod to Charles Kettering’s invention of the electronic ignition; Greeson said, “[w]e wanted to spark good thinking about what the future of Kettering is,” according to the article. A “roughly 30-person steering committee is working with the city to shape goals, strategies and action steps” that will go out for public comment in November and is expected to be finalized late this year or early next year.

A ”major focus” of the plan is economic development and economic vitality, including creating “almost a Kettering downtown or more areas within the city where people can gather and build community, as well as bring economic activity.” Priorities include “growth at the Miami Valley Research Park, continuously growing the Kettering Business Park and working with the private sector on the revitalization of what we call the Tenneco property.” For more, read the full article (subscription may be required).

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