OCCD Annual Awards

Legacy Award - In recognition of a Distinguished Career Advancing Community Development

2013    William Graves (posthumously)
2014    John Riordan
2015    Marcy Kaptur
2016    Karen Fabiano
     Kenneth Lengieza
2017    Karen Kerns Dresser (posthumously
2018    Ed Hurley (posthumously)
2019    Hal Keller


Public Service Award - In recognition of Devoted Service to the Citizens of Ohio and their Communities

2013    Gary Locke (posthumously
2014    Harry Conard, Jr.
     Elizabeth Pearson
2015    George Voinovich
2016    Doug Garver
2017    Lisa Patt-McDaniel
2018    Dale Hartle
     Phil Snider (posthumously)
2019    Michael Hiler
2020    John (Jack) Riordan


Community Development Professional - In recognition of community development professionals whose work on a project or program had a major impact on their community

2013    Mark Paxson
     Michael Cervay
2014    Rita Parise
2015    Kim Stands
     Rollin Seward
2016    Evelyn Warr-Cummings
2017    Nikki Reese
2019    Matthew Martin
2020     Janice Switzer


Community Development Department - In recognition of a department whose programs collectively or one program singly has made a significant impact in their community

2013    City of Cincinnati
2014    Ashtabula County
2015    City of Columbus
2016    City of Toledo
2017    City of Ashtabula
2019    CountyCorp
2020     City of Canton 


Community Development Partner - In recognition of a non-profit or faith-based organization, individual, business, financial institution, foundation, intermediary, government agency, or other entity that has provided exceptional support to the community development industry

2013    CountyCorp
2014    Southwest Priority Board CDC
     Miami Valley Fair Housing Center
2015    Ohio Capital Corp
2016    Ohio CDC Association
2017    Squire Patton Boggs LLP
2018    COHHIO
2019    MORPC
2020     Home Repair Resource Center 


Intern of the Year - Recognition is given to community development students who have performed exemplary work in and exhibited overwhelming commitment to their internship

2015    Justin Hines (Akron)
2016    Verl Luse (Toledo)


Community Development Young Professional - In recognition of young community development professionals (under the age of 35) whose work on a project or program had a major impact on their community

2014    Randy Arnett
2015    Jillian Bolino
2016    Michael Norton-Smith
2017    Jonathan Millea 
2018    Talon Flohr
2020     Carolyn Thurman 


President's Award - Recognizing Innovative Projects and Programs

2013    Dress for Success (Columbus) - Program Details
2014    City of Cincinnati - Alston Park - Project Details
2015    City of Akron / Testa Companies - Madaline Park - Program Details
2016    City of Xenia - One Bistro - Project Details
2017    Montgomery County - MicroEnterprise Grant Program - Program Details
2018    Montgomery County - Trucks & Tomatoes - Program Details
2019    City of Canton - Early Childhood Resource Center - Program Details
2020     City of Kettering - COVID-19 Business Assistance Program - Program Details

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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