Economic Development

Cheddars grand openingThe City’s economic development policy is guided by a progressive city administration, intelligent development regulations and sensible land planning and growth policies. Centerville’s city seal exemplifies its direction by providing stability with progress. The City is committed to protecting Centerville’s character as a premiere residential community while also growing its economic base through the implementation of progressive, well-planned strategies. For decades, the City has maintained a reputation of partnering with our business community. Centerville offers a wide array of economic development assistance programs and other services.

Montessori SchoolLocated close to major industrial centers of Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus; the City of Centerville is positioned on the road to everywhere, strategically located on I-675, less than one mile east of I-75 and fifteen miles south of I-70.

For more information concerning starting a business, or relocating your business to Centerville call (937) 433-7151.


MVHSEconomic Development Department
100 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458
(937) 428-4766
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Michael Norton-Smith, Development Director

Uptown Centerville

Vibrant. Historic. Uniquely Centerville.

That’s our vision for Uptown – the Architectural Preservation District in the area surrounding State Route 48 and Franklin Street. This area is the heart of Centerville: home to nearly 100 businesses as well our community’s rich history.

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“Centerville’s commitment to revitalizing Uptown embodies our motto: progress and stability. We will preserve the historic heart of our community while investing in infrastructure, design and usability,” City Manager Wayne Davis said.

In alignment with its strategic plan, the City completed a comprehensive visioning process for Uptown in 2019 with a focus group of more than a dozen stakeholders representing businesses, residents, government partners and community groups.

“City Council approved the Uptown Action Plan in August 2019 as an amendment to the City’s Create the Vision comprehensive plan. Work has started already to transform this area into a more functional unique, upscale destination for shoppers and diners,” Mayor Brooks Compton said.

The Uptown Action Plan highlights six focus areas: improving walkability and reducing traffic congestion, improving parking, scheduling and organizing new events, focusing on business development, developing branding and increasing greenspace.

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Another version of the design preserves the Clarence Nutt House:

Includes Nutt House

Highlights of Phase 1 include:

  • Redesigning existing parking areas to increase connectivity and parking spaces
  • Reducing the number of private access drives for individual businesses in favor of common public parking access drives
  • Activating outdoor spaces with seating areas, greenspace, patios and additional retail space
  • Creating opportunities for targeted commercial and residential development

RFQ for Uptown Streetscape Design

Uptown Phases infographic


Centerville City Schools…. Excellent!

centerville schools logoThe Centerville City Schools are well recognized for having an outstanding program for our City’s students. For the seven years for Ohio’s Local Report Card, the Centerville City Schools has earned the “Excellent” rating for each of the seven years. Only 17 of the 612 school districts have earned this top rating every year.

With over 8,000 enrolled students, the Centerville School District consists of 1 High School, 3 Middle Schools, 6 Elementary Schools and 1 Kindergarten Village. Plans are underway for a second K-1 Building and renovations to current buildings. The District also offers an Alternative High School and a Pre-school. The District is known for its academic program, special services, and extra-curricular offerings in science, math, reading, arts, drama, music, volunteer opportunities, and athletics. Centerville High School students consistently receive high academic honors and achieve top awards in local, state, and national academic, musical and athletic competitions.

For more information, visit Centerville City Schools or call 937-433-8841.

Private/Parochial Schools

Incarnation Catholic School
45 Williamsburg Ln
Centerville Ohio 45459
Catholic Elementary School
Serving Grades PK-8

Archbishop Alter High School
940 East David Road
Kettering Ohio 45429
Catholic, Co-Educational School
Serving Grades 9-12

Dayton Christian School
9391 Washington-Church Rd.
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
Non-Denominational Christian School
Serving Grades PK-12

Spring Valley Academy
1461 E. Spring Valley Pike
Centerville Ohio 45458
Seventh-day Adventist Christian School
Serving Grades K-12

Miami Valley School
5151 Denise Dr.
Dayton, Ohio 45429
Independent College Preparatory School
Serving Grades PK-12

Alexandria Montessori School
175 E. Franklin
Centerville, OH 45459
Serving Ages 3-14