The James M. Cox Foundation Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant in Support of The River Project For The Miami Valley Region


Dayton, OH (July 26, 2011) – Cox Media Group Ohio (CMGO) announced today that The James M. Cox Foundation is making a $1 million challenge grant to remove a dangerous dam and develop recreational opportunities along a key part of the Great Miami River.

The $4 million project will remove the low dam near downtown and replace it with two scenic drops designed for paddling.  It is the top priority of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan because of its potential economic impact on the area. It is part of a continuing effort to develop recreational opportunities in the region. Additionally, it will improve the environmental health of the river.

“The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Enterprises are strong believers in doing what we can to make a lasting impact on our natural resources. This project is a great example of that,” said Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises. “We all need to do our part, and my hope is that this gift will inspire others to make a difference and get this critical project done.”

Dr. Mike Ervin, co-chair of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, said: “We are thrilled with the leadership role Cox has taken in moving this project forward. They are strong supporters of strengthening our community. This project is critical to a vibrant downtown, but is it much more. It will contribute to the economic development of our entire region, whether you live in Tipp City or Centerville.”  The grant will be made to the Friends of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan Fund at the Dayton Foundation.

Market Vice President Julia Wallace will be working with community leaders to raise the remaining $3 million as quickly as possible.  “Our rivers are beautiful and a great resource for the area. The more we can make them a prime attraction for residents and tourists, the better. The river can and should be a focal point for the community,” Wallace said.

Cox Media Group Ohio includes the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, WHIO-AM/FM, Springfield News-Sun, Hamilton JournalNews and the Middletown Journal, as well as other publications and broadcast outlets in southwest Ohio.

Last year, former CMGO Market Vice President Alex Taylor great-grandson of the late Gov. James M. Cox, who founded the company committed CMGO’s focus on resolving the low dam issue and led the company in its first participation at Clean Sweep of The Great Miami River.  In the last two years, CMGO employees have cleared more than 7,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from the river. 

About The James M. Cox Foundation (

The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio’s first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. 

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Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of nearly $15 billion and more than 60,000 employees, the company’s major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Manheim, Inc. (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products); Cox Media Group, Inc. (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers, advertising sales rep firms, Valpak and Cox Digital Solutions); and (online automotive advertising and Kelley Blue Book, vAuto and HomeNet Automotive subsidiaries).  Additionally, Cox operates

About Cox Media Group

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