Message From the City Manager
Middletown, Ohio, is a city on the move. We are proud not only of our heritage and past accomplishments, but we are also a 21st-century city providing high-tech manufacturing, services and products to markets all over the world.
Our municipality is a midsize city offering big-city amenities, including an abundance of local arts and cultural opportunities; easy access to world-class sports, arts and entertainment venues; a state-of-the-art hospital; an expanding regional airport; an active transit system throughout the city and countywide; a myriad of parks and sporting options; and access to multiple educational and job training opportunities including Miami University, Cincinnati State Community and Technical College, Greentree Health Sciences Academy, Butler Tech and the Warren County Career Center.
From historical neighborhood districts to our newest housing developments to a nice selection of available housing in established neighborhoods, our residential neighborhoods are attractive and affordable for any size family and budget.
The Middletown community supports an eclectic mix of arts-offering more arts and cultural opportunities than many cities of comparable size. From an active community and summer youth theater, arts centers (which offer classes in the fine arts and crafts), to a variety of art galleries and a resurging historic Opera House, Middletown's arts are thriving. There are also a growing number of festivals and events in the downtown and other areas of the community, including "First Fridays" and "Second Look Saturdays," a monthly celebration of the arts, music and cuisine; the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival; and many other regular events.
Our community is experiencing an economic resurgence as new operations choose Middletown for their home and existing companies flourish and expand. In 2016, we were named the best small sized city in the Miami Valley to start a new business. This positive economic environment is largely due to a pro-business attitude, available incentive programs, affordable land costs, available work force, helpful government officials and, most of all, citizens who embrace our community with pride. We must be doing something right, as our downtown alone has seen 40 new business starts since 2015. We are a city that is easy to do business with, whether it’s working in our One Stop Shop for permitting, retention visits to assist our existing business base, or finding a workforce for your business with our existing partnerships between the City, the local Chamber of Commerce and our educational partners. The City of Middletown goes the extra step to make sure your business has the tools to be successful.
In Middletown, you’ll find not only a community that you can call home, but you’ll find a government that works every day to make your life easier and more enjoyable. We take pride in the work we do, and the Dayton Business Journal in 2018 named the City of Middletown a “Best Place to Work” in the Miami Valley. Our location and vast array of both local and regional amenities create a strong community with a growing economy, low cost of living and a lively quality of life.
For a comprehensive overview of our community, I invite you to browse through the following information to discover what makes Middletown such a great place to call home.