About Us

OCCD is a 170+ member statewide association of community and economic development professionals dedicated since 1965, to making your community a better place to live, work and enjoy life. Our members are community and economic development practitioners from Ohio’s cities, counties, villages, non-profit organizations and consulting firms.

OCCD conducts meetings, conferences, trainings and workshops; facilitates effective federal-state-local relations by achieving close coordination among agencies, associations and group; and seeks to improve the proficiency of agencies and persons engaged in the field of community development.


In late 1964, representatives from 17 Ohio cities met to organize a professional association intended to serve the needs of local public agencies engaged in urban renewal in Ohio. The Urban Renewal Association of Ohio, Inc., was established in 1965 and registered in the state as a nonprofit corporation.

In 1965, the Association’s chartered members included the cities of Athens, Akron, Canton, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Mansfield, Marietta, Martins Ferry, Middletown, Portsmouth, Springfield, Steubenville, Toledo, and Youngstown. Patrick Phelan, Urban Renewal Administrator for the City of Columbus, was elected the first president.

In 1972, in preparation for anticipated changes in federal legislation affecting urban renewal programs, the Association changed its name to the Ohio Conference of Community Development, Inc. Since then, the agency membership has grown from 17 in 1965 to over 160 cities, counties, and villages. In addition, numerous consultant members representing various professional fields in community development, and housing authorities involved in community development programs, belong to OCCD.

Objective & Purpose

OCCD's objective is to enhance the livability of the cities, towns and communities of the state
of Ohio through:

  1. the elimination and prevention of urban blight and physical, economic and social
    obsolescence; and
  2. the development and preservation of well-planned, economically-sound urban areas with adequate community facilities, housing, and suitable industrial and commercial development.

Toward this objective, OCCD’s purpose is to help develop, implement and improve federal, state and
local programs for community development, and to develop and improve the professional standards and practices of all phases of public administration which are related directly or indirectly to community development.

In carrying out its objective and purpose, OCCD provides for the exchange of knowledge and the results
of experience; engages in special studies and research; publishes and distribute the results of such research and studies; conducts meetings, conferences and workshops; develops sound administrative practices; facilitates effective federal-state-local relations by achieving close coordination among agencies, associations and groups, both public and private, having similar or related purposes; and seeks to improve the proficiency of agencies and persons engaged in the field of community development.

Quarterly Meetings

OCCD provides a forum for training and technical assistant to local development professionals at Quarterly Meetings. These meetings include dialogs with federal and state officials to learn more about the latest development trends, grant regulations, pending legislation, and housing strategies.


Conducted by local, state, and national development professionals for practitioners interested in building management capacity to effectively administer a myriad of community development programs.

OCCD Committees

For OCCD, it is the sum of its parts that make it complete. Being involved with OCCD via one of the committees provides an opportunity to serve Ohio's community and economic development industry as a whole, as well as contribute to the operations and continued success of the OCCD organization.

Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship

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The scholarship program was established by OCCD to honor two men who dedicated their careers to Public Service. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Determining Income and Allowances Training

    A fundamental component of using housing grant funds effectively is ensuring they target eligible households. Participants will learn how to effectively use the two definitions for annual income in Section 92.203 of the HOME Program Final Rule
    Sep 25, 2019
  • HOME Written Agreements

    A one day training covering the HOME requirements for written agreements.
    Oct 29, 2019
  • OCCD 2019 Fall Meeting

    OCCD 2019 Fall Meeting Embassy Suites, Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio October 30-31, 2019
    Oct 30, 2019