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Dayton Council Field Shrinks as Candidate Takes City Job

Adding to the changing face of Dayton and its administration, Anthony Cadle has accepted the position of Dayton's new Main Street Manager.
 
As his new title implies, the 23-­year ­old Dayton native will be responsible for preserving Dayton's historical heritage, while also bringing new economic opportunities to the city by managing relationships with current business owners, and recruiting new ones to the city. He will also work on the city’s behalf to capitalize on available state and national funding for preservation and revitalization projects.
 
Cadle will replace former Main Street Manager and current City Administrator Michael Giffen.
 
"We are extremely excited to welcome Anthony to our team here at the city building," Giffen said. "He is a smart, well­rounded young man, and, being from Dayton, he has a tremendous passion for seeing this city continue to move forward."
 
By accepting the job, Cadle withdraws from the race for city council. He finished ninth in the May primary making him one of twelve candidates to compete for the six seats in November.
 
According to Giffen, Cadle was selected from among over 30 candidates for the role. 
 
Cadle, who holds a bachelor's in economics from the University of Kentucky and is finishing his master's in public administration, says he looks forward to getting acquainted with the internal structure of city hall and its relationship with the Main Street community already in place.
 
"Growing up in this city, I know the residents' wants and desires. Now it's my task to get to know the business community also," he said.
 
This task is of particular importance now, Cadle said, as the city and the surrounding region moves forward on a number of new development projects, including the $400 million Manhattan Harbour riverfront development.
 
"It's a big opportunity for the city as a whole," Cadle said of the project. "I want to be there to make sure (the city's) efforts are united."
 
Of the recently proposed pier project for Dayton's riverfront, Cadle also voiced his support.
 
"Dayton began as a river city. We need more access to the riverfront."
 
Looking ahead to his first months in the position, his first order of "Main Street" business, Cadle said, will be to take on the 100 block of Dayton's "main street" corridor, 6th Ave. "I want people to know that Dayton is a happening and upcoming place as soon as they walk into town," Cadle said.
 
Wanting to capitalize on and increase 6th Ave. foot traffic from Bellevue and Newport, Cadle's plan for the 100 block involves working to refurbish the historic buildings on the block as well as eventually wooing more restaurants and retailers to welcome visitors into the city. "The service industry is crucial," he said.
 
As the gateway into the city, Cadle said, "this block captures the essence of Dayton."

Cadle will begin as Dayton's new Main Street Manager on Monday.

Written by Pat LaFleur, RCN contributor

Photo: Anthony Cadle via Facebook