Launched in 2000, the Genesis Project is a collaborative effort between Miami Valley Hospital, the University of Dayton, the City of Dayton, and CityWide Development Corporation to revitalize Dayton’s Fairgrounds neighborhood. A key priority is to increase homeownership through the replacement of substandard housing, the renovation of existing houses, and new construction. Other project strategies include traffic flow and streetscape improvements, financing for new and expanding businesses, and community-based police officers to enhance neighborhood safety. Since the project’s launch in 2000, 40 substandard houses were demolished and 34 homes were renovated or built, helping increase homeownership in the area to 75 percent. Plans are now underway for “Genesis II,” which will emphasize housing construction on remaining vacant lots.