MONTGOMERY COUNTY

County Offices
451 West Third Street
Dayton 937-225-4693
www.mcohio.org

Chamber of Commerce
One Chamber Plaza
Dayton 937-226-1444
www.daytonchamber.org

Montgomery County is anchored by the hub metropolis of Dayton, celebrated internationally as the “birthplace of aviation.” Due in part to the powerful scientific and research presence of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, this region is also dubbed the “birthplace of innovation.”

 

Services
Residents of Montgomery County enjoy state-of-the-art healthcare services and facilities anchored by award-winning, nationally recognized hospitals and efficient, well-managed health systems. Newcomers can look forward to every advantage, from the latest diagnostics and procedures to expansive community outreach programs and wellness education. Montgomery County is blanketed with first-rate hospitals, health plazas, specialty hospitals and care centers, and skilled professionals in every specialty and most sub-specialties. The Kettering Health Network is especially active in Montgomery County and Metropolitan Dayton, operating Grandview and Southview hospitals in Dayton as well as the Charles F. Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering and the Kettering Medical Center in Miamisburg. KHN hospitals have been recognized by HeathGrades with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. This rare distinction places them in the top five percent of acute-care hospitals across the nation, measured in the clinical areas of cardiac, orthopedics, pulmonary, stroke, vascular, critical care, and gastro-intestinal specialties. Kettering, Grandview, and Southview hospitals are also among the prestigious 100 Top Hospital recognitions according to Solucient.

Quality education has long been a priority in Montgomery County, where the Wright brothers first invented powered flight in 1903. The region’s reputation as a hotbed of innovation and invention has never dimmed, educating and attracting some of the nation’s brightest minds. Award-winning schools, teachers, and programs are common in this area, where first-rate public school systems combine with abundant opportunities for a private education. Students of all ages appreciate the affordable higher education at Sinclair Community College with its main campus in Dayton and Learning Centers in Mason, Clayton, and Huber Heights. U.S. News & World Report ranks the private University of Dayton as top-tier and one of the 10 finest Catholic universities in the nation. Those who are looking for a superior education in a public institution will find Wright State University in Dayton, offering more than 100 undergraduate and 50 graduate, doctoral, and professional degrees. Other nearby institutions include Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Adult and Graduate Studies, ITT Technical Institute, Miami-Jacobs Career College, Cedarville College, Central State University, and Antioch College.

 

Lifestyle
Montgomery County truly offers the best of all worlds as well as accessibility to every amenity and attraction. Ideally situated at the “Crossroads of America,” the county’s prime location eases commuting time to employment centers, recreational sites, and popular retail destinations. The area is culturally rich in art centers and museums, including the Dayton Art Institute and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is home to the United States Air Force Museum, the nation’s oldest and largest military and aviation museum. Local history springs to life at Dayton History, the merger of Carillon Historical Park with the Montgomery County Historical Society. Recently, the county celebrated the grand opening of the spectacular new Schuster Performing Arts Center. At the heart of the Schuster Center lies the Wintergarden, an inspiring glass-enclosed atrium for special events. Evidence of Dayton’s inspiring “Downtown Renaissance,” this world-class venue hosts performances, exhibits, and events from the world’s brightest stars to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Ballet. Cultural support organizations are highly developed and ensure a full calendar of exciting events and performances. Fraze Pavilion in Kettering is renowned as Southwestern Ohio’s premier outdoor entertainment venue, christened by Marvin Hamlisch in 1991. Kettering is also home to the Rosewood Arts Centre, a regional arts education treasure.

Sports fans will never be disappointed in Montgomery County, where downtown Dayton hosts minor-league baseball action or Wright State University draws crowds to professional hockey or collegiate competition. Cincinnati is just a short drive from home for those who want to cheer on the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals in dazzling new stadiums. Throughout Montgomery County, Five Rivers MetroParks ensures lush, open green space and miles of bike trails for recreational enjoyment. Scores of golf courses, private sports clubs, tennis courts, public sports courts and fields, lush parks, swimming pools, fitness centers, and country clubs are available for leisure hours. Cyclists, joggers, and skaters will discover more than 250 miles of paved recreation trails in the Miami Valley region. Elegant shopping centers, quaint antique districts, pulsating entertainment venues, and fine or casual dining establishments distinguish every corner of Montgomery County. The housing choices are as diverse as the communities and settings, whether your dream is a country manor or an elegantly restored historic property in the heart of the city. From the bright neon lights and urban sophistication of Dayton to the county’s growing suburbs and picturesque countryside, new residents are sure to find an unrivaled quality of life in Montgomery County.

 

Brookville
City Offices
937-833-2135
www.brookvilleohio.com

Chamber of Commerce
937-833-2375
www.brookvilleohio.com/inner/chamber_of_commerce.htm

Less than 10 miles northwest of Dayton, the welcoming community of Brookville embraces its grassroots values and agricultural past. This former farming community that offers easy access to Interstates 70 and 75 is home to the premier recreational attraction of the 13-mile Wolf Creek Trail. Characterized today as a suburban residential haven, Brookville offers a fine balance of city and country amenities in addition to a number of special features that are associated with much larger communities. Newcomers will discover excellent city services, a truly expansive and beautiful parks system, the popular Wolf Creek Rail Trail, the Brookville Community Theatre, and outstanding schools. Brookville is such an unusually accessible community that it was designated as one of eight “Walkable Communities” in the Dayton and Miami Valley region. At the same time, Brookville supports a strong and vital local economy, evidenced by the new industrial park along Interstate 70.

 

Centerville, Washington Township
City Offices
937-433-7151
http://www.ci.centerville.oh.us/centweb30/index.php
Township Offices
937-433-0152
www.washingtontwp.org

Chamber of Commerce
937-433-2032
www.smrcoc.org

Residents of the attractive, residential, suburban community of Centerville and surrounding Washington Township enjoy highly developed recreational and cultural amenities. Hundreds of recreation programs combine with spectacular facilities like the Washington Township Recreation Center and Town Hall Theatre. The 50,000-square-foot center offers a natatorium with two pools and a 140-foot water flume slide, gymnasiums, a fitness room, an indoor running track, and an indoor climbing wall. Complementing the community’s Blue Ribbon schools and nationally ranked library, Town Hall Theatre provides a home for quality children’s theater and educational programs. While newer construction is abundant in this area, Centerville also boasts the largest collection of early stone houses in Ohio. The Fourth of July Parade and Americana Festival attract throngs of visitors each year. Centerville is also well-known for its fine antique and specialty shops, the historic farm of Benham’s Grove, and for one of Ohio’s finest golf courses.

 

Clayton
City Offices
937-836-3500
www.clayton.oh.us

Chamber of Commerce
937-226-1444
www.daytonchamber.org

From the charm of its rural heritage to the vibrancy of modern developments, the “Learning Community” of Clayton attracts newcomers to a strategic suburban location near Interstate 70. The city is also minutes away from Dayton International Airport and only eight minutes from Interstate 75. Economic growth is brisk in this area, where the 143-acre Commerce Park is located across from the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. One of the region’s premier high schools serves the community, consistently recognized by the state of Ohio as a School of Excellence. One of Dayton’s northwestern suburbs, Clayton draws new residents to fine schools, picturesque landscapes, and an evident commitment to environmental preservation. This young, rural community continues to grow and develop with each passing year, combining small-town warmth and friendliness with opportunities to enjoy world-class outdoor recreation.

 

Englewood
City Offices
937-836-5106
www.englewood.oh.us

Chamber of Commerce
937-226-1444
www.daytonchamber.org

Referring to itself as an “Open Space Community,” Englewood boasts more than 2,000 acres of trails and ponds at its regional MetroPark. This lovely community northwest of downtown Dayton is also home to the scenic Stillwater River and Aullwood Audubon Center. More recent additions include the grand opening of a state-of-the-art YMCA and a three-mile biking and hiking pathway that courses along the scenic Stillwater River to join the Englewood Reserve MetroPark. Little wonder that Englewood was recently named best overall community in the Dayton-Springfield metro area according to Smart Moves, a computer software product that ranks more than 10,000 communities across the nation. Excellent public schools, lush and expansive parks, leisure activities and facilities, a strategic location, and outstanding municipal services are just a few of the Englewood advantages. The housing mix is attractive and diverse, blending well-kept older homes shaded by mature greenery with vibrant new construction.

 

Germantown
Village Offices
937-855-7255
http://germantown.oh.us

Chamber of Commerce
937-433-2032
www.smrcoc.org

The quaint and unusual village of Germantown is one of Ohio’s most scenic and charming communities. Among the many notable landmarks in the village is the grand old Florentine Hotel, distinguished as the second-oldest hotel in Ohio. Other historic highlights include the Opera House and a number of private residences as well as the IOOF Lodge building, the Rohrer Mansion, the old Shuey Mill, and Mudlick Homestead, and the old Mudlick School. Founded by German settlers in the early 1800s, this Twin Valley area became the site for a grist mill where the German was the language spoken until the early 20th century. As you might expect in this unique village, the historical society is very active. The entire downtown district and several other structures are now designated as Montgomery County Landmarks. Newcomers who are looking for a quaint and attractive community with a strong and proud historic legacy in the heart of the Miami Valley will find a timeless treasure in Germantown.

 

Huber Heights
City Offices
937-233-1423
http://hhoh.org

Chamber of Commerce
937-233-5700
www.huberheightschamber.com

Although the slogan of “Come Grow with Us” was adopted in 1998, Huber Heights was previously known as “America’s largest community of brick homes.” The city was named for Charles Huber, the developer who constructed many of those original brick residences. Suburban development first began in the area in the mid 1900s, although the city was not incorporated until 1981 as a merger of the town of Little York and Wayne Township. Huber Heights has continued its growth pattern through the decades, annexing large parcels of the surrounding unincorporated land from neighboring counties. Today, one of the largest of Dayton’s suburbs, the city offers the advantage of Interstate access and a prime location for economic growth. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located just five miles to the southeast. Newcomers appreciate the hometown charm, premier attractions like Carriage Hill MetroPark and Farm, the new YMCA, a learning center for Sinclair Community College, lush city parks, and first-class recreational facilities.

 

Kettering
City Offices
937-296-2400
www.ketteringoh.org

Chamber of Commerce
937-299-3852
www.kmo-coc.org

The vibrant suburb of Kettering is a community of choice for many newcomers, boasting efficient services and programs for residents of all ages and walks of life. The close proximity of major Interstate highways, fine shopping, award-winning cultural arts, and easy access to respected colleges and universities are just a few of the reasons that make Kettering so appealing. Kettering City Schools have also received the highest possible rating in the Ohio State testing system. Kettering is home to a nationally recognized hospital and the largest outdoor concert venue in Southwest Ohio, Fraze Pavilion. The active Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts programs and services are outstanding and available to those who work in the city as well as those who call Kettering their home. The Kettering Recreation Complex and the Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center are two examples of the commitment to public health and wellness. Families flock to the nationally recognized Water Raves Water Park, while older adults enjoy the Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center. Acres of lush parks are crowned by Kettering’s Skate Plaza, a model for the entire state. In spite of phenomenal growth, Kettering still manages to blend first-class amenities with a small-town feeling.

 

Miamisburg
City Offices
937-866-3303
www.ci.miamisburg.oh.us

Chamber of Commerce
937-433-2032
www.smrcoc.org

The ancient home of the Miami Native Americans, Miamisburg was the site of the tribe’s burial mounds. Today, visitors can visit Ohio’s largest conical burial mound, estimated by archaeologists to have been constructed as early as 800 B.C. The city is equally proud of its historic legacy and its ascent as one of the region’s vibrant and growing suburban communities. Historic preservation in sites like the Daniel Gebhart Tavern Museum combines with small-town friendliness and a progressive attitude add to the appeal for young professionals, retirees, and families. Award-winning schools, attractive and diverse housing options, and well-developed recreational programs and facilities combine with easy access to major highways for a convenient lifestyle. Located just minutes south of the urban advantages of Dayton in the beautiful Miami Valley, Miamisburg is home to one of the region’s largest employers, the Kettering Medical Center-Sycamore. Planners and residents are committed to maintaining the charm of the historic downtown district and the scenic riverfront area as they focus on capital investments and public and private partnerships that support ongoing renewal and revitalization efforts.

 

Moraine
City Offices
937-535-1000
www.ci.moraine.oh.us

Chamber of Commerce
937-297-1336
www.kmo-coc.org

Separating from its surrounding township in the 1950s, the village of Moraine eventually grew into a city that incorporated in 1965. Slow, steady growth has been the rule in this Dayton suburb, although the daytime population swells to more than three times the permanent census. The city slogan of “Progress through Unity” exemplifies the cooperative and forward-thinking attitude that underlines the lively community spirit. Attractive neighborhoods feature a mix of well-kept older properties with newer construction in a variety of architectural styles. The parks and recreation department is well-developed and offers a variety of amenities and programs, including recreation centers, lush parks, tot lots, the Gerhardt Civic Center, the elaborate Splash! Moraine water park, a boat ramp, a nature preserve, and garden plots. The city’s famous wave pool complex brings many visitors to the city, as does the annual Heritage Festival. Residents enjoy easy access to regional attractions including the world-class cultural and entertainment venues in nearby Dayton.

 

Oakwood
City Offices
937-298-0600
www.ci.oakwood.oh.us

Chamber of Commerce
937-297-1336
www.kmo-coc.org

The residential community of Oakwood had its first boom around the turn of the century when a flood devastated downtown Dayton and the farming community was advertised as “higher ground.” Incorporated in 1908, Oakwood grew quickly in its early years with slower and steadier growth in the decades that followed. Planners and residents share a desire to beautify and continually improve the community, evidenced by the recent renovation of Orchardly Park and the annual Johnny Appleseed Street Tree Planting project. The latter has graced the cityscape with more than 2,000 new trees since the project began. The city’s lush parks, colorful gardens, and public tennis courts are first-class amenities. Many of the homes are well-kept older properties, so remodeling and renovation projects are continually enhancing the visual appeal of the tree-canopied neighborhoods. One of the most famous homes in Oakwood once belonged to Orville Wright. John Patterson, founder of the National Cash Register Co. and for whom Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was named, also called Oakwood home.

 

Riverside
City Offices
937-233-1801
http://riverside.oh.us

Chamber of Commerce
937-226-1444
www.daytonchamber.org

Incorporated in 1995 as a merger of Mad River Township and Riverside Village, the Dayton suburb of Riverside provides an exceptionally wide variety of housing as well as educational and employment opportunities. New businesses are drawn to this area for the family friendly atmosphere but also for the low income tax rates and excellent services. Strategically located adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Riverside offers a quiet and friendly residential community next to Ohio’s largest single-site employer. Advanced research projects in avionics, composite materials, and aircraft design are just a few of the base highlights. Several firms in the Riverside area had their genesis as spin-offs of military applications into the private sector. State-of-the-art schools are a point of pride in Riverside, where the preschool programs are outstanding and accommodations are made for challenged and gifted students. Lush parks provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities and facilities, including sports fields and courts. The suburb enjoys excellent transportation links that include easy access to regional Interstate highways.

 

Trotwood
City Offices
937-837-7771
www.trotwood.org

Chamber of Commerce

937-837-1484

http://trotwoodchamber.org

The long-established community of Trotwood was named for the Charles Dickens character of Betsy Trotwood. In 1996, Trotwood merged with the surrounding Madison County to offer an expansive suburban environment of older neighborhoods and open land for continued economic and residential development. In the mid 20th century Trotwood became a prime retail center in Montgomery County with the construction of the popular Salem Mall. By the mid ’90s, the mall was suffering a fate similar to many older indoor retail centers and rapidly declined. Successive owners failed to revive the property, so Trotwood planners created their own vision. Trotwood now proudly welcomes visitors and residents to a New Town Center, The Landmark—a mixed-use project that combines shops, services, offices, and housing. New schools and a new branch library complement the new City Hall, heralding an exciting time of renewal in Trotwood history. The revitalization of the central business district has begun a wave of renovations and restorations, from the Salem Avenue corridor into Olde Town through tree-lined residential neighborhoods.

 

Vandalia, Butler Township
City Offices
937-898-5891
www.ci.vandalia.oh.us
Township Offices
937-898-6735
www.butlertownship.com

Chamber of Commerce
937-898-5351
www.vandaliabutlerchamber.org

The community of Vandalia and the surrounding expanse of Butler Township offer every advantage that young professionals, retirees, and families could desire: Fine schools, a stable local economy, leisure activities for all ages, and quick access to the entire Miami Valley. Business and residential growth is on the rise, adding attractive new homes and subdivisions to the picturesque landscape. Economic development is brisk in this area, where the quality of life is high and costs remain low. Many of the new restaurants, services, retail shops, and other commercial enterprises have settled into the York Commons development. However, other areas are experiencing rapid growth as well. The location at the “Crossroads of America” is a tremendous asset, and the community is ideally located just minutes from Dayton International Airport. Newcomers will appreciate the scenic landscape graced by two rivers that flow through the community, adding natural beauty and opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and fishing.

 

West Carrollton
City Offices
937-859-5183
www.westcarrollton.org

Chamber of Commerce
937-433-2032
www.smrcoc.org

Just 15 minutes south of Dayton, the city of West Carrollton draws new residents to the friendliness and warmth of a small town and easy access to urban amenities. Situated in the beautiful Miami Valley, the city is known for its good schools and charming tree-lined neighborhoods where homes vary in architectural styles. Many businesses have called West Carrollton home for decades, although the city is actively planning for economic expansion in the central business district that provides quick access to Interstate 75. The community is home to a number of long-established manufacturing and industrial enterprises as well as several popular locally owned restaurants, shops, and services. The result is a balanced community with hometown appeal for a wide spectrum of newcomers. Beautiful municipal parks combine with abundant recreational opportunities including a scenic bike trail along the Great Miami River and close proximity to regional Metro Parks.

 

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Base Operator
937-257-1110
www.wpafb.af.mil
Housing Office
937-257-6547
www.wpafb.af.mil

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base plays a significant role in the economy, vibrancy, growth, and development of Montgomery County. Stretching between Greene and Montgomery counties, the base is only eight miles northeast of the central business district of Dayton. Part of the base fringes the communities of Riverside, Fairborn, and Beavercreek, positively impacting the real estate markets and creating a close relationship between military personnel and local residents. The base was named in part after the Wright brothers, who used the Huffman Prairie as a testing ground. Wright-Patterson AFB is the headquarters of the Air Force Materiel Command, one of the important commands of the US Air Force. The base also features the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the headquarters of the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The presence of this important installation has given the region the status of having one of the nation’s highest concentrations of scientists and researchers.

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