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 who are 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. We engage 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.


CityWide’s first comprehensive community development project occurred in the Fairground neighborhood in Southeast Dayton. The Genesis Project, initiated in 1999, was a collaboration between the City of Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital, the University of Dayton and CityWide to rebuild and enhance Dayton’s Fairground Neighborhood and the adjacent Brown-Warren Business District.

Phoenix/Phoenix Next, Northwest

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.

Greater Old North Dayton and McCook Field

In 2012, the DaVinci Collaborative comprised of stakeholder organizations led by Dayton Children’s Hospital 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.

West Dayton

CityWide staff have been working in West Dayton since 2015. Our efforts have focused on community organizing, relationship building, implementing small projects with residents and completion of neighborhood driven plans. Our current efforts are focused in the Carillon, Edgemont, Madden Hills and Pineview neighborhoods. Please note, our website is under construction; please revisit this page in a few weeks for complete updates.

Renew Miami Chapel

Renew Miami Chapel is a plan created through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhood Program. Developed under the Obama administration, the Choice Neighborhoods program gave public housing authorities the opportunity to engage residents in the process of rebuilding their community through a dedicated community engagement and planning process.