Western Ohio has a long history of invention and pioneering. Anchored by the Dayton metro area, the 12-county region offers a diverse economy, a skilled workforce, exciting innovation, and an excellent quality of life that is a hub of connectivity and community. You’ll find a mix of urban, suburban, and rural communities bursting with opportunities and sites primed for development.
The first official “Welcoming City”, Dayton and western Ohio embrace newcomers and longtime residents alike. Referred to as the Birthplace of Aviation because it was home to Wilbur and Orville Wright, who invented and flew the first aircraft, Dayton has been globally recognized for aerospace, aviation, and innovation through businesses and collaboration with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While you’re not working, you can explore all the great things that make the Dayton region a great place to live. Western Ohio offers a life you'll love with hundreds of parks and riverfront areas, with 300 miles of hiking trails, 400 miles of state and nationally designated water trails, and the nation’s largest paved trail network as well as a vibrant art scene, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, and plenty of exciting culinary options.
But life outside the city is booming, too. Site Selection Magazine named Sidney, Greenville, and Celina as the country’s Top Micropolitan Areas in 2022, and Ohio is home to more communities on that list than any other state. The growth opportunities in the area can be found everywhere thanks to the presence of and investment by companies like Speedway, Caresource, Winnsupply, and others.
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I manage over 55 businesses weekly. It’s just nice to see and it’s working. People are thriving, businesses are opening every day.
- Tae Winston -
Owner and Founder, The Entrepreneurs Connection
On July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong, another American born and raised in western Ohio, stepped onto the moon, he carried with him, in tribute to the Wright brothers, a small swatch of the muslin from a wing of their 1903 Flyer.
- David McCullough -
The Wright Brothers
Dayton’s brightest and bravest have always pushed society forward, inventing the airplane, the cash register, the electric car starter, modern refrigeration and the bar code scanner - to name a few.