Unleashing the Creative Genius of our Community

Bringing the Future to Dayton


Bringing the Future to Dayton

Innovate Dayton unleashes the creative genius of our learning community by developing equitable opportunities for all students to discover their talents and skills. While empowering them to be problem solvers, we are connecting students and teachers with best practices from industry professionals to prepare them for success in our innovation economy.

We are showing students that if you can dream it, you can do it. And by empowering them to learn from failure, discover their value, and explore their passions, they are crafting their own unique learning journeys in school and beyond.


The Innovate Dayton initiative brings our school, community and businesses together to learn the skills and mindsets of innovation that are needed to drive economic growth in our region.  Here are some things people are saying:

“OnlineNW was thrilled to build our first gigabit fiber network right here in Dayton. I see all sorts of possibilities to use our services to benefit the community and to help kids learn. We want to help spur innovative ideas and work with local students!”

Kathy Tate

Chief Executive Officer, OnlineNW

“Leading workshops that inspire educators to grow a culture of innovation and equitable deeper learning, while empowering them with the resources to practice these mindsets at their schools is my passion. I’m excited to take what we learned in Dayton and support other courageous school leaders as they tap into their creative confidence and experience the joy of being change-makers.”

Jami Fluke

School Leader Ambassador, Oregon Construct Foundation

“As a civic minded parent with a career in Information Technology, I love the idea of our kids working on projects with community members and other students. This gives them hands-on learning opportunities while working to make Dayton a better place for all of us to grow, learn and live.”

Carrie Ray

Mother of two

“Seeing the Innovation program develop over my four years in high school has been incredible. Not only has the program introduced me to new skills, people, and hobbies, but I have seen my student peers — who were once uninterested in school — make the i3 Center their home.”

Cate-Lynn Jacks

2019 Graduate, Dayton High School


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Reflecting on Dayton’s Summer Band 2019

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