Category: Op-Ed


Date: June 1, 2020 Category: Op-Ed

I know I don’t have to tell you how hard it’s been for everyone … everywhere to live through the COVID-19 shut downs and the stay-at-home response.  Our Miami Valley citizens … our families, friends and neighbors … have all been stressed by thi...

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Date: April 27, 2020 Category: Op-Ed

I know we are not out of the woods yet as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, but this is as good of time to talk about preparation for the future whether it be coronavirus or some new strain of something as bad or worse. We should all comme...

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Parker: Infrastructure Upgrades Enhance Our Economy

Date: March 30, 2020 Category: Op-Ed

I wanted to share with you an update on several important infrastructure improvements that are already beginning that will serve our region well for years to come.  Along with several of our key partners, we have been strong advocates for these roadway i...

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Parker: Airport critical to Dayton region

Date: February 24, 2020 Category: Op-Ed

With last year’s departure of the Dayton International Airport’s Director of Aviation Terry Slaybaugh, we are again searching for the top leadership at our region’s airport. Our airport (DAY) has gone through many changes over my years at the cha...

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Parker: Chamber council’s economic outlook: Slow, steady growth

Date: January 27, 2020 Category: Op-Ed

One of the many services provided each year by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is a look into the future of our national and local economies.  Thanks to the expertise and generous time of a community group of leaders from banking, market investment, ...

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Parker: It’s been a privilege, but soon it will be time for a change

Date: December 23, 2019 Category: Op-Ed

After more than 31 years of service, five as a volunteer and 26 next year as president and CEO, I have decided it's time for a change in leading our region's chamber of commerce. During the past few months, the chamber board officers and later our board, ...

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Parker: Dayton still strong!

Date: November 25, 2019 Category: Op-Ed

What a year this has been for all of us.  But I am so proud of how the Dayton area has stood so tall in all of its challenges and especially how proud Dayton and its citizens have made me and others with their recent actions. I don’t have to remind ...

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Parker: Strong Ohio bill to stop gun violence makes Dayton strong

Date: October 27, 2019 Category: Op-Ed

In the wake of the violent shooting in the Oregon District on Aug. 4, Daytonians gathered to hear some of our key elected officials discuss the horror and what might be done to keep something like this from occurring again in our community or in Ohio. ...

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Parker: U.S. 40 improvements vital to keep area in north competitive

Date: September 22, 2019 Category: Op-Ed

One of our region’s greatest growth hotspots is along the northern Montgomery County and Miami County borderline adjacent to U.S. Route 40.  This important east/west travel lane, known to many of us here in Ohio as the National Road, was created by Con...

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Parker: Today, we move toward the light

Date: August 25, 2019 Category: Op-Ed

Without a doubt, this has been another challenging and heartbreaking time here in Dayton and the Miami Valley.  The month of May came in like a lamb but went out like a lion as we were pummeled by more than a dozen tornadoes on Memorial Day.  Then barel...

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