A Reflection on the Past. A Move Toward the Future.

As we approach the halfway point of 2018, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on our first 10 years as an organization and lay the groundwork for the path that we’ll take for the next 10.

10 UpDayton Summits. Three election forums. More than 10 Longest Table meals. More volunteer hours than we can count and thousands of Daytonians engaged in civic and community building experiences. This is UpDayton and will continue to be from the midpoint of 2018 and beyond.

At the core of our organization is people. The people that have had a lasting impact on our organization and our city. This is something that we’re extremely proud of. We’re also excited about the people that we’ve yet to engage. We’re excited about the work they’ll do and the impact that they’ll leave on Dayton. This is our legacy now and will be our legacy in the future.

As we look towards the next 10 years, we look towards a transition for our organization. Our executive director, A.J. Ferguson, will be stepping aside from his duties and taking a role with the Downtown Dayton Partnership as the Economic Development Project Manager. This is an exceptional opportunity for A.J. to take the work he has done for UpDayton and apply it in a different way to help propel the city further. While our hearts may be heavy, we’re extremely excited for A.J. and this next step in his journey. The work that A.J. has done is a testament to his character and his love for Dayton. We wish him the best of luck and we look forward to watching all of his successes. While we could say many things about A.J. and his time at UpDayton, we thought it best to leave you with A.J. reflecting in his own words.


While transitions can be challenging, they are also filled with opportunities. A.J. walks away from UpDayton, leaving us in a strong position to redefine our future. We are taking this time to lay out the road map for the next executive director that will lead UpDayton to even greater achievement and impact. In the meantime, our board is stepping up to fill any of the gaps.  If you need anything in the interim, please email Team@UpDayton.org.  One of our board members will get back to you. Stay tuned for updates as we take these next steps towards our future, but know that UpDayton’s work keeps on. We have new projects kicking off this week. The YES Team has been launched. Our committees are working harder than ever and we are planning an incredible celebration for our 10th year. Thank you for your support as we work to take this next step forward.