About the DCDA

The Dayton Community Development Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing primarily on the revitalization of the downtown Dayton area  in order to build a high quality, livable, and sustainable community that will grow Dayton’s economy while maintaining a sense of place. The DCDA is made up of community and business members who volunteer their time. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the City Annex, 408 Ferry St., at 6:30 p.m. We invite you to attend a meeting, contact us, and join one of our committees! We’d love to have you with us!

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.

DCDA Mission Statement: 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.

The DCDA has been participating in the Oregon Main Street Program since 2009. We have integrated the The Main Street Approach® approach into our downtown management strategy and modeled our four volunteer committees on four points as described below.

Promotions Committee: Promotion creates excitement downtown. Street festivals, parades, retail events, and image development campaigns are some of the ways Main Street encourages customer traffic. Promotion involves marketing an enticing image to shoppers, investors, and visitors. We’ve been working on these projects:

  • Dayton Friday Nights 2014
  • Photo booths at Easter Egg Hunt 2013
  • Harvest Festival Scarecrow Contest 2013
  • Assisted with the Y.E.S. Dayton Historic Home Tour 2013
  • C-sponsored A Small Town Christmas & Cinco de Mayo Celebration 2012
  • Community Photo 2010

Design Committee: 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. We’ve been working on:

  • Wine barrel planters installed downtown (current)
  • Adopt-a-Highway clean-ups (ongoing, spring and fall)
  • Farmland Geometry window art and quilt display 2013
  • Historic Heritage Marker in Courthouse Square Park (2013)
  • Murals “Art on the Wall” project 2012
  • Installed ODOT traffic signs on Hwy. 18 directing visitors to historic downtown town square & park (ongoing, yearly fee to ODOT)
  • Received design plans from professionals at SHPO (July 2010), which facilitated the implementation of four facade improvement projects on downtown commercial properties

Economic Restructuring Committee: Economic restructuring involves analyzing current market forces to develop long-term solutions. Recruiting new businesses, creatively converting unused space for new uses, and sharpening the competitiveness of Main Street’s traditional merchants are examples of economic restructuring activities. We’ve been working on:

  • Monday Morning monthly meetings with business owners (ongoing)
  • Economic development workshop (Dec. 9, 2013)
  • Dayton Means Business reception (April 2012)

Organization Committee: Organization involves building a Main Street® framework that is well represented by business and property owners, bankers, citizens, public officials, chambers of commerce and other local economic development organizations. Everyone must work together to renew downtown. We’ve been working on:

  • DCDA/City Newsletters partnerships (ongoing)
  • Semi-annual DCDA e-newsletters (ongoing)
  • Co-sponsoring Dayton Forward with the City of Dayton, a 20 week program to set the course for Dayton’s future development. The process was facilitated by Ernie Munch, a professional planner and architect with years of experience in community planning (2013).
  • Held workshops creating community branding & logo for downtown Dayton (2011)

Board Of Directors:

  • President: Wendy Bennett
  • VP: Mary Ann Stoller
  • Treasurer: Pam Ealy
  • Secretary: Ann-Marie Anderson
  • Members-at-large: Judy Gerrard,  Jim Seufert, Richard Thompson, Karol Crowder, Jason Aust
  • Program Coordinator: Kelly Haverkate

DCDA documents online at Google Docs: