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DBJ names DPAA winner of III Award


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Dayton Business Journal Names Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Winner of Inaugural Innovation Index Award

DPAA Wins Second Place in Service and Society Category

DAYTON, OH (June 13, 2014) – Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) has been named by the Dayton Business Journal (DBJ) as winner of one of the Inaugural Innovative Index Awards, an award designed to highlight the best individuals, teams and companies in our area that have discovered innovative approaches and solutions to fuel our region’s economic engine.  Honorees for this first year of awards include companies and groups from all different industries, including health care, non-profits, arts, technology, education, and sports business.  Winners of the Innovative Index Awards were honored on Thursday June 12, 2014 in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center in Downtown Dayton.

The DBJ Innovative Index Awards were given in four categories:  Service to Society, Workforce Development, Commercialization, and Global Fluency.  These categories were based on the four key areas the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) Innovation Index measures for the region.  The DDC, along with an advisory committee of business leaders, was instrumental in helping develop the awards, categories, and criteria.

Nearly 60 nominations were received from organizations throughout the region, and these nominations were scored by a panel of judges, with awards being given to those with the highest scores.  The four winners in the Service to Society category are the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA), Aileron, CARE House, and Premier Health Group. The DPAA took home Second-Place honors.

“I could not be more excited about the group of honorees for our first ever Innovation Index Awards,” said Carol Clark, Dayton Business Journal (DBJ) publisher. “In partnership with the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), we wanted to recognize today’s innovators, who will be the top drivers of growth to help the Dayton region become a better place to live and work.”

Societal innovations help increase the population, decrease poverty, solve unemployment issues, and keep residents in the region, which increases consumer spending and ultimately the region’s tax base. The winners of this award exemplified a commitment to increasing the prosperity and quality of life of the Dayton Region. Organizations applying for this award were able to demonstrate how their innovative programs helped our community overcome hardships.

“We were delighted to be selected as one of the winners of the first-ever Innovation Index Awards,” Paul Helfrich, President & CEO of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, said. “The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is leading the way with a new, collaborative approach to the performing arts. As the nation’s first merged professional ballet company, opera company, and symphony orchestra, we innovate every day in bringing the Dayton region cultural and educational programs of the highest quality.  We’re truly honored with this award.”

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.


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