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 members and businesses who volunteer their time.

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.

On June 1, 2009, the DCDA was granted acceptance into the Oregon Main Street Program. Dayton is at the “Transforming Downtown” level of the Main Street Program. The Main Street Approach® is a proven comprehensive approach to commercial historic district revitalization.

The DCDA has integrated this approach into our downtown management strategy and modeled our four volunteer committees on four points. 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!

Some of our accomplishments and ongoing projects include:

Farmland Geometry

“Farmland Geometry” Art in the Window display

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    Second Winds Community band at Dayton Friday Nights

    Organize & sponsor downtown events: Dayton Friday Nights 2014,  Art in the Window display summer 2013; Photo booths at Easter Egg Hunt 2013, Harvest Festival Scarecrow Contest (2013); co-sponsored A Small Town Christmas & Cinco de Mayo Celebration (2012)

  • Beautification downtown (2014): wine barrel planters installed Wine barrel with plants and painted with landscape sceneDSC02215
  • Sponsors Adopt-a-Highway clean-ups (ongoing)
  • DCDA/City Newsletters partnerships (ongoing)
  • Semi-annual DCDA e-newsletters (ongoing)
  • Monday Morning monthly meetings with business owners (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).
  • Heritage Marker Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Heritage Marker Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Historic Heritage Marker in Courthouse Square Park (2013)

  • Assisted with Historic Home Tour (2013)
  • Economic development workshop (Dec. 9, 2013)
  • Installed ODOT traffic signs on Hwy. 18 directing visitors to historic downtown town square & park
  • Held workshops creating community branding & logo for downtown Dayton (2011)
  • Received design plans from professionals at SHPO (July 2010), which facilitated the implementation of four facade improvement projects on downtown commercial properties


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. Judy Gerrard is the chair of this committee. Email Judy at judyg AT macnet DOT com for more information about the Design 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.  Richard Thompsen is co-chair of this 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. Wendy Bennett is the chair of this committee. Contact chefwendybennett AT hotmail DOT com.

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.  

Donate funds and support! Contributions, project support, providing services — these all help too! Contact us to discuss how you can help.

Board Of Directors:

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

DCDA documents online at Google Docs: