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The Manhattan Grand Opening: Growing Downtown Dayton’s Technology Corridor

When we started Mile Two, we wanted to be a part of something bigger, to help construct a fabric that others can build upon. The Manhattan will allow us to continue to do so right here in Dayton. —Jeff Graley, President

The grand opening of The Manhattan building demonstrates an entrepreneurial commitment to the growth of the technology corridor between Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and downtown Dayton. This historic building in Webster Station now features the headquarters of Mile Two and Battle Sight Technologies, two locally-founded, fast-growing technology firms.

Mile Two and Battle Sight are no strangers to downtown Dayton as both companies have called Dayton home since their starts in The Entrepreneurs’ Center. Mile Two moved to the Webster Station area in 2017, and over the past four years, the historic district has evolved into a vital hub for innovation and defense companies. The evolution has made the technology corridor an ideal environment for both companies to continue their current growth in the region.

Reflecting on Mile Two’s transition to The Manhattan office, Jeff Graley, President of Mile Two said, “To be able to leverage resources like The Entrepreneur Center, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, and JobsOhio, to not only establish Mile Two, but to grow us from three to 110 people in the past five years is a testament to the support of this community. When we started Mile Two, we wanted to be a part of something bigger, to help construct a fabric that others can build upon. The Manhattan will allow us to continue to do so right here in Dayton.”

“Mile Two and Battle Sight are flourishing through the vision and energy of their talented founders—and that same vision and energy are embodied in the work of the Woodard Development team. The Manhattan building is a beautiful example of their work and demonstrates the important role they have played in our community’s growing list of successes,” said Scott Koorndyk, President of the Entrepreneurs’ Center.

In their continued drive to revitalize Dayton, The Woodard Development company redeveloped The Manhattan into an adaptive re-use project offering Class A office space that boasts high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and tremendous natural light. Battle Sight designed a purpose-built research and development facility comprising a mixed-use office, manufacturing, laboratory space, and a 176-foot dark range for internal testing and demonstrations of infrared prototypes and products. Nick Ripplinger, President of Battle Sight, shared that “The Manhattan, with its storied past, and the surrounding area were important factors in our choice of location and Battle Sight couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the story going forward. The Manhattan represents the perfect combination of attributes for Battle Sight’s rapidly growing suite of products that serve the warfighter’s needs.”

Mile Two, which occupies three of the six floors, created an environment that aligns with their collaborative and supportive culture featuring a variety of creative working and collaboration spaces, recreational areas, and a dedicated training room to host the company’s signature Cognitive Systems Engineering Bootcamp. Mr. Graley adds, “We are thankful for the investment the Woodard team has made in providing a great home in Dayton for companies like Mile Two and Battle Sight as we strengthen the connection between downtown and WPAFB.”

About Mile Two: Mile Two is a custom software provider that helps clients assess how and when to adopt new technology. Founded in 2015 in Dayton, Ohio, Mile Two is a trusted partner with experience building software for a range of diverse clients, including startups, Fortune 500 companies, and the US government. Our software development process focuses on the intersection of people, technology, and work, uncovering complexity and creating effective human-machine teams to address our client’s most significant challenges. For additional information, visit www.miletwo.us/ 

About Battle Sight Technologies: Battle Sight is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, founded in 2017 in Dayton, Ohio, and is focused on rapid design, development, and production of technologies with immediate impact on the warfighter and their mission. Making the warfighter’s mission simpler, safer, and more lethal. For additional information contact Sales@BattleSightTech.com or visit www.BattleSightTech.com

About Woodard Development: Dayton-based Woodard Development, established in 2012, develops commercial real estate throughout southwest Ohio. Woodard Development specializes in mixed-use projects with offices, retail, residential and hospitality components. For more information on Woodard Development, visit www.woodardresources.com

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