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Celebrating a Conservation Milestone

January 17, 2019
With your support, Western Reserve Land Conservancy surpassed our year-end goal of permanently conserving our 55,000th acre. That’s right, with the closing of 34 projects in 2018, we have now conserved 740+ properties totaling an incredible 56,200+ acres across northern and eastern Ohio!

On the GO: News from the Greater Ohio Policy Center

January 17, 2019
Reinvention Cities Network Wraps Up 2018, Looks Ahead

OCCD Best Practices Fact Sheets

By Debra Mayes   |  January 14, 2019
Over the past year, the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) has sought to provide value to both the State of Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development (OCD), and to local governments across the State of Ohio in a v

Greater Ohio Policy Center - On Our Radar

January 11, 2019
GOPC in the News

City of Canton and Habitat for Humanity earns National Community Development Award

January 8, 2019
Canton, Ohio, (January 8, 2019) - The City of Canton Development Department has been recognized with the Audrey Nelson Community Development Award of Merit for a collaborative partnership with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.

2019 Greater Ohio Summit

January 7, 2019
Ohio’s cities and metropolitan regions have been hard at work revitalizing their communities and reorienting their economies to the 21st century. At this moment of transition in leadership across the state, Ohio’s cities are poised to expand and deepen the revitalization efforts in their communities.

Community Legal Aid Pilot Program Provides Virtual Legal Assistance in Wayne County

December 31, 2018
A new collaboration between Akron's Community Legal Aid and Community Action of Wayne and Medina Counties will aid both groups in serving the legal needs of residents without an attorney being physically present.

The HUD Report

By Jorgelle Lawson   |  December 31, 2018
The HUD Report
The Federal Fiscal Year 2019 is here!! By the time you read this article, calendar year 2019 will be here and I will be retired.

City of Dayton Welcomes New Community Development Specialist

December 31, 2018
The City of Dayton Department of Planning and Community Development welcomes Ashley Hatton to the Grant Administration team as a Community Development Specialist.

Legislation . . . In the News

By Anthony Core   |  December 31, 2018
The following is a summary of recent Ohio General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through November 30, 2018.

From Our Training Coordinator

December 31, 2018
From Our Training Coordinator
New Year full of changes....Can't say that I am sorry to see 2018 come to a close. Saying it was a year of challenges is a gross understatement.

Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency

By David Goodman   |  December 31, 2018
Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency
It is hard to believe 2018 is coming to an end. I'm proud to be a part of the work we do to strengthen our communities. Working together, we continue to make a difference in the lives of Ohioans. Thank you for your partnership.

OCCD Foundation Annual Gold Star Campaign

December 31, 2018
The OCCD Foundation Annual "Gold Star" Fundraising Campaign is underway.

Please Note: Future Quarterly Meeting Notifications by Email Only

December 31, 2018
Beginning with the Spring Quarterly Meeting in 2019, OCCD will no longer mail registration packets to members and interested parties, but rather will forward all meeting materials via email.

Greater Ohio Policy Center Holiday Newsletter

December 21, 2018
Happy Holidays from everyone at the Greater Ohio Policy Center!

A New Day Dawning

By Jack Riordan   |  December 17, 2018
A New Day Dawning
Crawling through my cluttered mind looking for a way.

2019 Winter Quarterly Meeting

By Michael Norton-Smith   |  December 11, 2018
2019 Winter Quarterly Meeting
With the holiday season in full swing and January right around the corner, it is also time to begin looking toward the 2019 OCCD Winter Quarterly.

ODSA - Manager, Weatherization Assistance Programs

December 4, 2018
Manages implementation of Home Weatherization Assistance Program (i.e., HWAP), Electric Partnership Program (EPP) and HWAP Enhancement within Community Service Division's (i.e., CSD) Office of  Community Assistance (i.e., OCA): provides work direction to staff in areas of administration, coordination & implementation of energy programs

The Meanderings of Troubled Mind Through Shipshewana

By Jack Riordan   |  November 5, 2018
Why would a wine group go to Shipshewana Indiana; it's a dry and 4-hour drive? Our Frugal Grape gang makes a yearly, weekend excursion for a gabfest, taste interesting wines and foods, plus explore.

Request for Proposals - 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan, 2019 One Year Action Plan & Update to the Analysis of Impediments to Fair

October 23, 2018
The City of Sandusky, Ohio is soliciting proposals with a cost from qualified firms or individuals to assist the City with the preparation of its 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan, 2019 One-Year Action Plan, and an update of the 's of Impediments to Fair Housing in order to meet the regulatory requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Consolidated Plan is submitted to HUD every five years and must follow HUD regulations and guidelines.

City of Xenia - Community Development Coordinator

October 23, 2018
The Community Development Coordinator for the City of Xenia is responsible coordinating and directing community and neighborhood-level activities and programs, revitalization and redevelopment projects, and the fair-housing program.

Licking County - Community Development Specialist

October 16, 2018
This position is primarily responsible for administering the county' s housing rehabilitation program (CHIP­ Community Housing Impact and Preservation), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, and Fair Housing program. In addition, this position may assist with the securing, implementing, coordinating, or administering of various other local, state, or federal grant programs (i.e. Ohio Public Works-SCIP/LTIP, NRAC-Clean Ohio, etc.).

Request for Proposals - Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AIFH)

October 15, 2018
The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit qualifications and proposals from qualified consultants (individuals, organizations, or firms) for the preparation of an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AIFH), inclusive of the cities of Fairborn and Xenia as well as Greene County as a whole.

2018 Fall Quarterly Meeting

October 1, 2018
2018 Fall Quarterly Meeting
The OCCD Staff and Board invite you to attend this year's Fall Quarterly Meeting, which will be held on October 24th and 25th, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza North (6500 Doubletree Avenue Columbus, Ohio). This should be a great opportunity for us to expand our knowledge of community development through networking and informational sessions.

Legislation . . . In the News

By Anthony Core   |  October 1, 2018
The following is a summary of recent Ohio General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through September 1, 2018.

Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference - Building Community Together

By Nate Coffman   |  October 1, 2018
Join Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) at its 34th Annual Conference, under the theme Building Community Together, October 3-5, 2018

2018 Annual Member Awards

October 1, 2018
The Annual Member Awards were announced at the Summer Annual Conference of Ohio Conference of Community Development in Sandusky.

OCCD 2018 President's Award - Montgomery County

October 1, 2018
The 2018 recipient of the President's Award for Innovative Practices is Montgomery County's "Trucks and Tomatoes" Job Training and Urban Garden Enhancement Project.

Downside of Home Grown Tomatoes

By Jack Riordan   |  October 1, 2018
Downside of Home Grown Tomatoes
Almost every day in the summer begins the same. After I thank the Creator, (most of us call God) source of light, liquid water, and life and salute all those who gave their youth and lives or love ones for our country and its flag, I meander to my garden

Don Corley retires from WSOS after years of service in Community Action

September 4, 2018
Don Corley retires from WSOS after years of service in Community Action
After nearly 45 years working in community action, Don Corley of WSOS Community Action Commission is retiring. Throughout his long career, Don has been a strong advocate for low-income residents in communities served by WSOS.


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