From Our Training Coordinator

By Debra Mayes

September 25, 2013

Beautiful, crisp, September fall day here as I type……….I like beautiful, crisp, September fall days, but am I the only one who is still trying to determine what happened to Summer???  And another OCCD year flew by.  I always remark to the vice-president tasked with setting the agendas at the Fall Quarterly that all at once it will be the Summer Annual.  And I have yet to have them not agree with me come July.

With the end of a year comes a review.  As your OCCD Training Coordinator, and along with Jack Riordan, Community Develoment Specialist, we are pleased to report that five hundred and three (503) OCCD members and non-members participated in the following trainings/activities throughout the year:

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  • OCD CHIP Application Training, OCD Staff
  • Special Environmental Issues presented by Jennifer Miller, LJB, Inc. and Tim Allen, OCD
  • Fair Housing Luncheon and Civil Rights Training with luncheon speaker Jim McCarthy, President/CEO of Miami Valley Fair Housing Center and Chair if the Board of Directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance and Joyce Hill, Civil Rights Specialist, OCD.
  • OCD Community Development Conference at Salt Fork
  •  OCCD supported the Office of Community Development (OCD) in organized stakeholder Planning Work Groups to identify potential options for the implementation of the housing program.

In addition OCCD also participated in the 14th Annual Ohio Housing Conference with our display distributing membership brochures and newsletters.

Steps are being taken to revive/refine the Ohio Community Development Professional Certification.  As you may or may not know, this was a very special project to past president Gary Locke and we were in discussion of making some changing prior to his illness.  We have been informed by the local HUD office that CDBG Basics will be offered in Ohio – date, time and location to be determined.  The training will address new regulations which will require that our test for CDBG be reviewed and revised.  OCCD Board Member Lisa Patt-McDaniel and I will be working to revive/refine the Ohio Community Development Professional Certification.  OCCD will continue to promote the program both within OCCD and hopefully outside the organization, within the State of Ohio.  Our mission from the start was for the program to serve OCCD members as a tool for professional development and serve to demonstrate the capacity of those certified to deliver quality community development programs within their communities.

As a result of the Ohio Housing Conference being moved to the first part of November, OCCD will not be offering training on the Tuesday prior to the OCCD Fall Quarterly.  However, as in years past, the OCD CHIP Application Training will be offered the day prior to the OCCD Winter Quarterly – January 28, 2014.

OCCD will again be participating at the 15th Annual Ohio Housing Conference on Nov. 5-7 In Columbus.  If you will be attending and would like to volunteer time at the display, please let me know –


Power Point presentations from the OCCD Quarterly meetings are posted to the OCCD website under Learning Resources-Post Training Materials when permission is given by the speakers.  Occasionally, due to the size of the presentation because of pictures, this is not possible.  The members’ only password is required to access.  If you do not have this password, please contact Patricia Richards at


Locations for 2013-

The OCCD 2013 Fall Quarterly Meeting will held October 30--13, 2013 at the Doubletree, Worthington.

Locations for 2014-

The OCCD 2014 Winter Quarterly Meeting will be held January 29-30, 2014 at Embassy Suites, Dublin.

The OCCD 2014 Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held April 23-24, 2014 at Crowne Plaza North, Columbus.

The OCCD 2014 Summer Quarterly Meeting will be held July 30-31, 2014 at Crowne Plaza North, Columbus.

The OCCD 2014 Fall Quarterly Meeting will held October 29-30, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Downtown


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