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DRG Zoom event Jan. 21 will discuss Green New Deal, why Dayton Arcade is the ‘most transformative’ project in the U.S.

By Mark Gokavi

Dayton Regional Green invites interested parties to attend a Zoom Hot Topics and Coffee event from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

The topics are “So. What is the Green New Deal?” and “Why Is the Dayton Arcade ‘The Most Transformative Project in America?’” Registration is free.

DRG says The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution to mobilize every aspect of American society to 100 percent clean and renewable energy, guarantee living-wage jobs for anyone who needs one, and will provide a just transition for both workers and frontline communities - all in the next 10 years.

Fadhel Kaboub, an associate professor of economics at Denison University will discuss The Green New Deal. He also is the president of the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, served as a research associated at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College (N.Y.), the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability (Missouri), the Economic Research Forum (Egypt), and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

DRG says the Dayton Arcade renovation is "the most transformative project in America." It’s described as a daring, innovative and a complex project in the heart of Dayton that is part of a larger plan to bring residents, jobs, and visitors back to the downtown.

Guest speaker Dave Williams will take attendees through the story of the Arcade revitalization to become an economic engine fueled by artistic and innovative activities and how the design process focused on innovative energy and financing systems.

Williams is senior development director at Cross Street Partners overseeing the design, construction, leasing, and financing for the Dayton Arcade project. Prior to joining Cross Street Partners, Williams was vice president of Urban Development at Miller-Valentine Group and also served as director of Downtown Housing for CityWide.

The Arcade Innovation Hub, LLC, a joint venture of UD and The Entrepreneurs Center, has committed to a 10-year lease as anchor tenant for the Arcade, bringing hundreds of UD faculty, staff and students, comprehensive entrepreneurial support services and thousands of square feet of working space for local startups to the massive redevelopment project.

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