From Our Training Coordinator

By Debra Mayes

January 4, 2015

Happy New Year! Actually as I write this, it is only December 4…. Patricia and her deadlines…. Is it just me or did the past year seem to pass by in about 5 months???

And talk about time passing….In the ten (10) years since the hiring of Jack and me, a total of seventy-eight (78) training opportunities have been offered and attended by nearly seventeen hundred (1700) members and non-members. Now time is going too quickly AND suddenly I feel really tired!!

So as we tumble into the new year, the first training opportunity is the OCD CHIP Application Training. AND TAKE NOTE – THE TRAINING AND OCCD WINTER QUARTERLY ARE A WEEK EARLY!! On January 20, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., OCD will conduct the PY 2015 CHIP Program Application Training at the Embassy Suites Dublin, 8100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin Ohio  43017.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.  During the training, OCD will distribute the PY 2015 CHIP program application materials and provide detailed instructions regarding the documents.  Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the training; however, the application materials will also be available, after January 20, 2015, on the OCD website by visiting and selecting “PY 2015 Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program Application and Instructions” or by calling OCD, at (614) 466-2285, and requesting a copy of the document.

Why a week earlier??? Space availability. Folks seem to prefer Embassy Suites Dublin for the OCCD Winter Quarterly and our “traditional” time had already been “snatched” for 2015 and 2016. Eighteen months out is becoming too short of a time frame for securing hotels…. It used to be that was only the case in October.

The Training and Sessions Committee will be determining the April OCCD Spring Quarterly day prior training at the committee meeting this month. Typically this training focuses on fair housing as April is Fair Housing Month.

There has been discussion on providing trainings on Thursday afternoon rather than the day before the OCCD Quarterly. If you would like to weigh in on that…

Basics of Community Development Part I was offered at the OCD Development Conference in November. Geared for new practitioners, the session included an overview of program history, an explanation of national objectives and eligibility requirements, and a discussion on project selection and citizen participation requirements. Testing after the couse was optional and I am pleased to report that all received a passing grade. Basics of Community Development Part II will be scheduled for some time in 2015. Watch this newsletter column for date and time.

Mark your calendars as OCCD will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015. DO Not, I repeat DO NOT schedule anything for July 29-30, 2015.

With the new by-law changes comes the restructuring of some of the committees. We have a new name, and a bit of a tweeking, but remain committed to providing information and training on topics of interest to you our members. If you would like to submit topics for consideration or names of potential speakers, please do so through tc-occd@oc 


Change of address!!!! Please replace my old e-mail with!!!!!



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 2015-

The OCCD 2015 Winter Quarterly Meeting will be held January 21-22, 2015 (note a week earlier than usual) at  Embassy Suites, Dublin.

The OCCD 2015 Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held April 29-30, 2015 at Crowne Plaza North, Columbus.

The OCCD 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held July 29-30, 2015 at Crowne Plaza North, Columbus.

The OCCD 2015 Fall Quarterly Meeting will held October 28-29, 2015 at Crowne Plaza North, Columbus.


Locations for 2016-

The OCCD 2016 Winter Quarterly Meeting will be held January 20-21, 2016 (note a week earlier than usual) at  Embassy Suites, Dublin.


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