This website is administered by the Dayton Community Development Association (DCDA).
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DCDA Mission: To enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Dayton by helping to revitalize, improve, and maintain the economic, physical, social, aesthetic and cultural environment of Dayton’s downtown area.
DCDA Vision Statement: Dayton is the small town gem of Yamhill County Oregon. It is a beautiful, historic, safe, vibrant and diverse community that is both a wonderful place to live and a fun place to visit.
Dayton Community Development Association History
The DCDA is a nonprofit made up of all-volunteer community members. Join us! Download our brochure/membership application. In 2009, the DCDA applied to and was accepted into the Oregon Main Street Program and is a member of the Transforming Downtown program.. We have integrated the Main Street Approach® into our downtown management strategy.
The DCDA is a Main Street America™ 2016 Affiliate. Main Street America™ has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Elements of the Dayton Forward: A Vision for the Future plan, a collaborative planning effort between the City of Dayton and the Dayton Community Development Association which took place in 2012, are also incorporated into the DCDA’s efforts.
The DCDA works toward…
- A beautiful, historic, safe, vibrant and diverse community that is both a wonderful place to live and a fun place to visit.
- Facilitating events that generate excitement downtown and encourage consumer traffic.
- A clean and attractive downtown district that maintains a small-town feel and represents a quality place to shop, work, walk, and live.
- A diverse range of businesses in a bustling downtown that create an indispensable shopping, dining and service center.
- A popular pedestrian-friendly visitor destination and strong source of visitor dollars.
What is the Main Street Program
The Main Street Program is a state and national network of grassroots downtown revitalization projects coordinated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A successful four-point approach to downtown revitalization focusing on creating a total image of a community’s downtown area has been developed. The Main Street Program builds on existing resources, takes a step-by-step approach in its projects and fosters improved community leadership and support on behalf of the downtown for the long term. The Main Street approach to revitalization includes four components which are integrated to create a positive, identifiable image for downtown. They are Organization, Promotions, Design, and Economic Restructuring.
Organization: The DCDA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is made up of community and business members who volunteer their time. Organization establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district. Everyone must work together to renew downtown.
Promotions Committee: Promotion takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will renew community pride and tell our downtown story to the surrounding region. Promotions communicate our commercial district’s unique characteristics, its cultural traditions, architecture, and history and activities to shoppers, investors, potential business and property owners, and visitors.
Design Committee: Design means getting downtown into top physical shape, preserving a place’s historic character, creating a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. Design enhances the attractiveness of the business district. Historic building rehabilitation, street and alley clean-up, colorful banners, landscaping, and lighting all improve the physical image of the downtown as a quality place to shop, work, walk, invest in, and live. Design improvements result in a reinvestment of public and private dollars to downtown.
Economic Restructuring Committee: Economic restructuring involves strengthening the community’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. Successful communities accomplish this by evaluating how to retain and expand successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills of business owners, attracting new businesses that the market can support, and creatively converting unused space for new uses.
Board Of Directors 2017:
- President: Jason Aust
- VP: Judy Gerard
- Treasurer: Pam Ealy
- Secretary: Sandra Rodriguez
- Members-at-large: Emilie Natalie, Kathleen Bennett, Kim Courtin, Jennie Middleton, Paul Carlson
- Program Coordinator: Kelly Haverkate
DCDA documents online at Google Docs: