Don't Miss History in the Making


Dayton is full of rich history which has molded our home to the unique city that it is. We are considered an innovation hub, an inventor’s town. Dayton is the home of the first successful aircraft, the parachute, electric wheelchair, Freon, the ice cube tray, and even the pop-top aluminum can. The former National Cash Register Company (NCR) was responsible for several inventions, many led by Charles F. Kettering. Making history is the newly constructed, state-of-the-art GE Aviation EPISCenter (Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research Center), which allows University of Dayton researchers and students to work side by side with GE Aviation scientists and engineers to “create electric cars and smarter utility power grids.”

There are so many stories to be told, both past and present. As Judy Croome said, “Today’s news is tomorrow’s history.”

The region’s public relations and communications professionals spend countless hours chronicling the unique stories and inventions applicable to their places of business. It is only fitting that this year’s PRism Awards celebrate those professionals with the “Wright stuff” who have effectively created their own history in the making.

Join us on May 3rd as we recognize these exemplary individuals at The Steam Plant, a building that has its own unique history.

The Steam Plant originated as a power-generating plant over 100 years ago. Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) later used the plant as a backup steam heating system for Downtown Dayton and was used until the plant closed in the mid-1980s. The plant was purchased in 2015 by John Riazzi who spent nearly $4 million renovating the historical facility into an event venue featuring iconic arched windows and 30-foot high ceilings.

Be one of the first to experience the revitalized facility in the DP&L Historic Block on May 3, 2018 by registering for the 2018 PRism Awards Banquet, featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a night of celebrating.

Registration for the event is now open for both PRSA members and nonmembers.Tickets are $50 for single tickets, $360 for a table (8 guests) and $260 for sponsorship tables. Tickets can be purchased at here.  

More information about the PRism Award Banquet is available online at For questions about the awards or banquet, contact Linda Dininger and Kelly Mofield at

By: Linda Dininger, President-Elect/Awards Co-Chair 

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