DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Region Priority Development & Advocacy Committee (PDAC) has released its annual list of community-evaluated projects that are seeking funding.
Led by the Dayton Development Coalition with support from the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the process sets regional priorities for community projects and allows the Dayton Region to speak with one voice when seeking governmental and other project support.
“PDAC brings our community together to review important projects that can bring investment and opportunity to the Dayton Region,” said Debbie Feldman, PDAC Chair and President and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital. “This year’s projects showcase the hard work of organizations finding ways to bring creative new initiatives to our region.”
The PDAC process involves coordination by representatives from the Dayton Region’s business community, local government, education, and civic organizations. The Committee prioritizes projects that benefit the people of the Dayton Region by enhancing the quality of life, encouraging business growth, and strengthening the community’s relationship with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other local federal installations.
The final list includes 100 projects, each of which are categorized as “Priority,” “Recommended,” or “Reviewed.” There were 23 projects that retained their ranking from the 2021-2022 PDAC cycle.
- Priority Projects are the top projects that will make the most significant impact in the Dayton Region among the projects that were submitted. These projects are the region’s top priorities for funding because they strongly meet the evaluation criteria and are expected to have the greatest regional impact.
- Recommended Projects meet the needs of the region, would provide benefit to the Dayton Region if funded, and are ready to move forward.
- Reviewed Projects are projects that have gone through the PDAC community review process and public vetting. Recommendations by the PDAC priority process are advisory only. The Coalition manages the PDAC process as a service to the community and offers the opportunity for project sponsors to gain public vetting, peer review, community input, and recognition for projects of regional merit.
All project submissions were referred to one of five Review Panels for evaluation in the following areas: Defense, Economic Development, Hospitals & Healthcare, Quality of Life, and Transportation & Government Services. The Review Panels then made recommendations to the full PDAC for final consideration. See pages 3-8 for the final list.
“Each year, the PDAC process gives the Dayton Region the opportunity to evaluate and share our community’s priorities with our elected officials and other potential funders,” said Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “We believe having a list of projects that are ready to be funded will help bring dollars home when policymakers are looking to support economic development, transportation, health, education, or quality of life projects in our region.”
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