History

About the Great Miami Riverway

The Great Miami Riverway is our regional destination here in southwest Ohio. It is a 99-mile stretch of vibrant riverfront communities that engage in recreational and cultural opportunities. The goal of this placemaking initiative is to develop and implement ongoing marketing, planning, and programming to increase use of recreational, historical, and cultural assets; attract more visitors; support economic development; and strengthen river corridor neighborhoods.

The Great Miami Riverway is an area of vibrant city waterfronts interconnected by extensive land and water trails and includes the communities along the Great Miami River corridor from Sidney to Hamilton. The goal of the Great Miami Riverway Placemaking Initiative is to develop and implement ongoing marketing, planning, and programming to:

  • Increase use of recreational, historical, and cultural assets,
  • Attract more visitors,
  • Support economic development,
  • Strengthen river corridor neighborhoods

History

Starting at the University of Dayton with community leaders in 2008, the first River Summit was convened. Commissioners, mayors, and leaders formed a volunteer group to start conversations surrounding the Great Miami’s riverfront communities. In 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was commissioned to complete the largest river asset inventory they had ever taken on. The key result: creating a unified message to promote the wide variety and enormous wealth of assets found in our 99 mile corridor. In 2017, 19 riverfront communities and organizations formed the Great Miami Riverway Coalition to implement the goals so clearly defined from the past ten years.

Today

Over $500 million in riverfront investments have been completed over the last 10 years in communities along the Great Miami Riverway. Our partners have invested $1 million into the Riverway and we continue to grow. Tapping into a $43 billion tourism market in Ohio, we see a bright future and a positive today. We encourage you to explore, invest, create, and find your way in the Great Miami Riverway.