From Our Training Coordinator

By Debra Mayes

January 1, 2016

From Our Training Coordinator

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??? Note – This was my lead-in last year. As I sit here at the laptop it is once again December 4. Some things never change……..

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 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., OCD will conduct the PY 2016 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 2016 CHIP Program application materials and provide detailed instructions regarding the documents.  Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the training; however, the application materials will be available, after February 1, 2016, on the OCD website by visiting and selecting “PY 2016 Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program Application and Instructions” or by calling OCD at (614) 466-2285, and requesting a copy of the document.

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. If you have a topic whether it is a full day training or a session at an upcoming quarterly, please let me know so that I can share with the committee. 

Basics of Community Development Part I was offered at the 2014 OCD Development Conference. 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. It is my assumption that Basics of Community Development Part II will be scheduled during the 2015 OCD Development Conference in November. We will see if Mary Oakley reads my column. ;) Watch this newsletter column for confirmation and date and time.

The week prior to Thanksgiving I was notified by the Grand Hotel, Toledo that they were under new ownership and would be closed through October 2016. Yes, this is where we were contracted to hold the 2016 OCCD Summer Annual. Panic? Yes, I did, then took a deep breath, crossed my fingers and called the Park Inn, Toledo who had also been considered. My OCCD Angels had my back because even though we were only seven months out, they still had space available. Frequently when booking hotels, there is no space available and that is eighteen months out! Host Tom Kroma and the committee have some REALLY great session ideas and after hour opportunities in the works!! Mark your calendars for July 27-28, 2016!

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 2016

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

The OCCD 2016 Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held April 27-28, 2016 at Crowne Plaza North, Columbus.

The OCCD 2016 Summer Annual Meeting will be held July 27-28, 2016 at Toledo. We are going to TOLEDO!!

The OCCD 2016 Fall Quarterly Meeting will held October 26-27, 2016 at Doubletree Worthington.

Locations for 2017

The OCCD 2017 Winter Quarterly Meeting will be held January 25-26, 2017 (back to normal last Wed-Thurs) at the Crowne Plaza North, Columbus (change of venue)


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