A letter from our Board of Directors

(As published on the Journal & Courier website jconline .)

We have learned many things in 2017 about our Dayton, Indiana community. We have learned that a widespread passion exists for protecting the community we hold dear. We have learned that we cannot take our small town quality of life for granted, and that there are some things in life worth fighting for. We have learned that we can’t always count on our elected officials to represent us, and that sometimes we have to step up, stand up, and speak up for what we value and believe in.


We are residents of the Town of Dayton and the extended community, and we recognize the danger profit-centered growth and development presents to our very way of life. We are in favor of growth for the town, but only on the condition that it causes the town and its residents no harm, offers demonstrable benefits, and will serve to complement and enhance our small town atmosphere.


Knowing we have a big job ahead of us, we have formed the Dayton Area Community Coalition. We are a 501(C)(4) nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving and protecting our hometown. We support our school, churches, local businesses, first responders, and most of all, we support the sense of community that makes us special.


We hope all who have a connection to Dayton, whether you live here or nearby, or are connected through our school, churches, or businesses, will join us by signing up at www.daytoncommunity.org. We need your help, advice, and moral support. Please help save our small town.


Board of Directors

Dayton Area Community Coalition

Jen Manago

Jaimie Wheeler

Cindy Marsh

Carla Snodgrass

Wendie Vanette

Gordon Hardebeck