CityWide

Community Development

CityWide’s approach to community development begins by identifying neighborhood assets and strengths. CityWide practices consensus organizing which seeks to identify and harness mutual self-interest towards the greater goal of creating a healthy community.

CityWide is a leader in the creation and implementation of comprehensive community development strategies and programs. With a dynamic team of six professional staff, passionate about community building and neighborhood revitalization we bring a diverse skill set to every project. As a learning organization that recognizes that neighborhoods are dynamic places, we strive to understand and learn new methods and approaches to community development to bring new tools to our work.

Key Features of the CityWide Approach

  • Real Time Information. Through community organizing we seek to better understand the neighborhood and build relationships with people who live, work and play there.
  • Strategic Partnerships. Through relationships building we create partnerships to improve the neighborhood, engaging people and groups inside the neighborhood and those outside that can play a significant role in transformative change.
  • Leveraged Investments. Through careful analysis we determine what investments have been made in the neighborhood and what is planned in the future. These investments often attract additional resources to the community.
  • Sustainability. We begin our work mindful of sustainability and strive to build the capacity of local groups and organizations who are most vested in the neighborhood’s success.

Westwood

In 2015, CityWide began community organizing work in the Westwood neighborhood in support of the community’s effort to create a neighborhood school center at Westwood School.

Genesis

The Genesis Project, initiated in 1999, was collaboration between the City of Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital, the University of Dayton and CityWide to rebuild and enhance Dayton’s Fairgrounds Neighborhood and the adjacent Brown-Warren Business District.

Phoenix

Since 2004, Good Samaritan Hospital, the City of Dayton and CityWide have worked together to improve the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital through the Phoenix Project. Through this public-private partnership nearly $20M has been invested by the partners, leveraging an additional $100M in other private and public investments.

DaVinci

In 2012, the DaVinci Collaborative comprised of leaders from Dayton Children’s Hospital, The Salvation Army KROC Center, the City of Dayton, The Greater Old North Dayton Business Association and CityWide was formed to create a comprehensive community development plan for the Old North Dayton and McCook Field Neighborhoods.

Wright Dunbar

In December of 2014, the City of Dayton, Wright-Dunbar Inc., and CityWide announced the formation of the community’s newest asset-based community collaboration that will focus on advancing the Greater Wright-Dunbar area in West Dayton.

HUD Choice

The Choice Neighborhood program builds on the successful groundwork of the HOPE VI program authorized during the Bush Administration. HOPE VI gave housing authorities the opportunity to engage residents in the active process of rebuilding their community through the creation of mixed income housing.