DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Great Miami River is a staple of Dayton and throughout the Miami Valley, and officials are looking to see how they can continue to grow the opportunity and value of the area.
In 2017, tourist sales totaled $773 million along the riverway, which sustained 9,100 jobs, $219 million in person income and millions more in state and local tax revenue.
The lunch rush crowd at TJ Chumps in Miamisburg wren't surprised that it had that kind of impact. Assistant General Manager Kathryn Jordan said they see their numbers get pretty high on days when the weather is nice, or during big vents long the banks of the Great Miami River.
Great Miami Riverway Coalition members, including officials from 11 cities along the 99-mile stretch of river met in Dayton Monday to discuss the newest numbers.
"This is proof of concept, right?" Great Miami Riverway Coordinator Elizabeth Connor said. "So, I mean, we are validated that the vision we had back in 2014 was absolutely correct."
In the first 6 months of this year, officials also reported that 650 jobs were created and $274 million was invested in the Great Miami Riverway.