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Posted: October 18, 2019

Great Miami Riverway coalition honored by International Economic Development Council







The Great Miami Riverway is making its mark on innovative approaches to regionalism and its efforts to drive economic development, business retention and expansion, marketing, trade and tourism.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) honored the Riverway with its Silver Award for Excellence in Economic Development for Regionalism & Cross-Border Collaboration at the IEDC annual conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

“We are honored to be recognized by the IEDC,” says Janet Bly, general manager of the Miami Conservancy District. “The Great Miami Riverway makes every one of our communities a better and more prosperous place to live and work. We are using river assets to attract private investment, promote tourism, and create a quality of life that helps attract a talented workforce the area needs.”

The Great Miami Riverway is a 99-mile, regional destination linking cities, counties, park districts and other organizations along the Great Miami River from Hamilton through the Greater Dayton region to Sidney. The riverfront communities agree on common goals and pool their resources, expertise, and passion to leverage greater awareness of and engagement with the assets along the Great Miami River.

One of the most exciting engagement initiatives is Tour de Way, a passport program that launched in April 2019. Tour de Way encourages visitors and residents alike to explore the region by visiting 10 unique locations—from restaurants to art installations, small businesses to breweries—in each of the 10 Riverway communities.

“We are tied together by a common thread—the Great Miami Riverway,” says Mallory Greenham, City of Hamilton, a member of the Riverway Coalition. “By bringing our communities together, we have seen a number of innovative ideas emerge to promote and better the region and not just ourselves.”

The Great Miami Riverway supports more than 9,000 jobs and represents a $773 million economic impact.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at