Dr. Michael Ervin believes in downtown Dayton ― and his actions show it! While technically retired, Dr. Ervin works long hours to make downtown a better place to live, work, and play. He currently is co-chair of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a comprehensive, strategic blueprint for the future of Dayton’s center city. Dr. Ervin was one of the business leaders who spearheaded the development of the Plan in 2009, and his leadership has continued since the Plan was launched in 2010. Recently, Dr. Ervin helped raise $4 million for the River Run project, the next phase of development at RiverScape MetroPark and one of the priority projects in the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. River Run will create a regional recreation destination in the heart of downtown, with new ways for people to enjoy the Great Miami River downtown.
Indeed, Dr. Ervin’s work through the years has helped transform the downtown landscape. From 1995 to 2002, he served as co-chair of the Downtown Dayton Partnership and was a strong advocate for the construction of the Schuster Performing Arts Center. Also during his tenure with the Partnership, Dr. Ervin helped spearhead the development and construction of Fifth Third Field and RiverScape MetroPark. All these facilities have significantly added to the vibrancy of downtown Dayton. Dr. Ervin again is serving as co-chair of the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board of Trustees. He also serves on the board of Greater Ohio, the smart growth organization for the state. Starting in 2008, he led efforts to develop the Oregon Arts District and infuse new life into downtown’s premier entertainment destination. That leadership included a $250,000 donation that leveraged more than $1.5 million in public and private sector investment in District improvements and new businesses.
A longtime resident of the Dayton community, Dr. Ervin is the founder and former CEO of Wright Health Associates, which managed the health care of 250,000 Dayton-area residents. Currently, he is chairman of the board of CareSource, a non-profit company that manages the medical care of more than 900,000 people in Ohio and Michigan. He has been on the board of directors of Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, is the former director of the Emergency and Trauma Center at Miami Valley Hospital and a past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Throughout his career, Dr. Ervin has served on numerous community boards, including the University of Dayton Board of Trustees. He has served as chairman of the Greater Dayton United Way and has chaired the Culture Works campaign. He also co-chaired the Safety Net Task Force for Montgomery County to address the problems of more than 60,000 uninsured county residents.
Dr. Ervin’s commitment to downtown doesn’t end with his professional life. He renovated a former Oregon Historic District bar into a showplace home, where he has lived since 2007!