This month’s MVHRA meeting featured Larrell Walters, Director of IDCAST, The Institute for the Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technology. (Quite a mouthful!) Our own Binger, Linda Luginbuhl, was able to attend his presentation on ‘Technology in the Miami Valley: Is it a Thing of the Past or Future‘.
In response to Forbes Magazine identifying Dayton as one of the top ten fastest ‘Dying Cities‘ in the US. Larrell’s response was resounding:
“Technology is a thing of the future for Dayton. We can survive on our innovation.”
Dayton has always been known as a city of innovation. Some examples include:
- Cash register
- Enigma code breaker
- The pop-top can
- And we can’t forget the Yoyo!
For a sample list of innovations, visit Dayton Patented.
Because of all this innovation, Dayton ended up a hub of industry. Our city has relied on the manufacturing and automotive industry and now that it’s gone it is time for us to move on to better poise our city for the future. We have to rely on our ability to innovate and Dayton has the technological resources to do it.
The plan started with IDCAST who brought in Dr. John Kao, author of ‘Innovation Nation‘. Dr. Kao made his statement that Dayton should feel good about the future because we have the tools to achieve any future we desire. With the business leaders, initiatives, and Dayton’s ability to continuously innovate, this statement can be realized. What innovations will you see yourself making in 2009?