Artist and downtown resident Jim Tarjeft brings Dayton’s spirit of creativity and innovation to his work and community projects. A communicator of ideas who began storytelling and entertaining by “talking very fast while exaggerating,” Tarjeft has used his powers of persuasion and collaboration to help found and manage two artist cooperatives. Tarjeft appreciates Dayton’s rich legacy of invention and believes there is much more to come. “Culturally, Dayton is fertile soil with a long history of people who have impacted the world,” he says. “Dayton has a wide spectrum of possibility and potential. It is the environment that has made me what I am and I love it!” Tarjeft also works in Dayton’s growing advanced manufacturing industry, as a controls engineer.