Community Engagement Programs

Engaged citizens are the backbone of any thriving and livable community. The Community Engagement Strategy (CES) is designed to foster open communication and collaboration among Dayton’s residents, business owners, stakeholders and City government. This system of active engagement is designed to generate ideas and solve common problems through collaboration, with the goal of improving the quality of life within Dayton.

Strategy Components

The City of Dayton’s strategy is comprised of four major components:
  • Active Community Engagement
  • Enhanced Communication
  • Leadership Development and Training
  • Neighborhood-Focused Outcomes

Get Involved

If you’re ready to take an active role in making your community better, check out of the following programs:
  • Organize a Neighborhood Clean-Up - The City provides services and support for neighborhoods to organize and complete their very own neighborhood clean-up events. These can include:
    • Bulk Waste Collection - Plan ahead and coordinate with Public Works and other community clean-up efforts in order to remove contained or bagged trash quickly and efficiently.
    • Recycling and leaf collection is also available depending on your clean-up needs.
    • Green Debris Landfill - This drop-off composting center is open year-round.
    • Community Pride Clean-Up Supply Trailer - Montgomery County loans out this trailer stocked with landscaping tools for free to a group of five volunteers or more.
    • Lot Links - This REAP program offers vacant, unused property at a low cost so that responsible landowners can put property back to productive use.
  • Mini-Grants - Recipients are awarded a maximum of $5,000 for physical improvements, marketing materials, community events, and other initiatives.
  • Join a Neighborhood Association - Connect with your neighbors and take part in local efforts to move your neighborhood forward.
  • Attend a Community Engagement Workshop or Training - Learn about City programs and processes, and discover how you can take advantage of new resources while networking with other community members. Check our Facebook page for upcoming events.
  • Apply for the Neighborhood Leadership Institute - An annual 12-week program that trains Dayton residents for current or future leadership opportunities in city communities.
  • Attend a City Commission or Board meeting - City Commission meetings are every Wednesday and alternate between 8:30 a.m. or 6 p.m. Click on a board to see where and when they meet.
  • Connect through Engage Dayton - Using a mySidewalk forum, the Department of Planning and Community Development is soliciting residents' ideas, concerns and viewpoints on a variety of city projects and initiatives. Start exploring at
  • Join Nextdoor - Thousands of Dayton residents have already started connecting with neighbors to discuss local issues. Verify your address and sign up to join your neighborhood's site at