Kettering mayor’s economic development initiatives attract businesses

Don Patterson, the mayor of Kettering since 2005, has had a “mission of developing the city’s economic base,” and his efforts have transformed the city into “a community of opportunity,” the Dayton Business Journal reports. His initiatives have included the $10-million Wilmington Pike Improvement Plan to “revitalize run-down properties” and “overall redevelop the space” to create opportunity for growth, and the $1.5-million purchase of “almost 300 acres of unimproved land at the Miami Valley Research Park,” according to the article. That land is now home to companies such as Kodak and Reynolds and Reynolds. A new $50-million facility by Community Tissue Services could bring 200 to 300 new jobs to Kettering, while manufacturer Tenneco Inc. plans to invest $61 million to expand its Kettering facility, bringing in another 300 jobs. For more, read the full article

Economic Development, State Updates