OCCD 2016 Fall Meeting

By Paul Herdeg

October 3, 2016

The OCCD staff and Executive Board look forward to welcoming you to OCCD’s Fall Quarterly Meeting on October 26th and 27th.  We will meet at the Doubletree Hotel Worthington, 175 Hutchinson Avenue in Worthington for a day and half of networking and informational sessions.

The Fall Quarterly Meeting continues OCCD’s commitment to bring its members timely and useful information.  Our October meeting will highlight some tools and resources available to both large and small communities as they work to redevelop downtowns and neighborhoods.

Heritage Ohio’s executive director, Joyce Barrett, will give an overview of Ohio’s newly enacted Downtown Redevelopment District financing mechanism.  Jeff Siegler, recently with Heritage Ohio and now in private practice, will add practical advice on specific ways to use this new tool.

As Ohio cities and towns continue to recover from last decade’s foreclosure crisis, funds to assist homeowners and funds to demolish vacant abandoned property are still available.  Several members let us know they would like to have current information on this funding.  Carlie Boos from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency will update us on Neighborhood Improvement Program results to date, and ongoing support for county land banks and nonprofit counseling agencies.

Lunch will give us time for networking and committee meetings.  After an OCCD business meeting, Pam Hanover, a partner with Squire Patton Boggs, will keep us posted on legislation impacting our community and economic development work.

Bridget Susel, Kent’s Community Development Director, will lead a stimulating presentation of Kent’s downtown revitalization project, which was nominated for the 2016 President’s Award.

Many communities, both large and small, face the challenge of keeping their senior citizens housed in safe, decent, affordable rental units.  Joe Hall, a member of the development team for National Church Residences, will present examples using a variety of financial tools to preserve existing senior rental projects.

On Thursday, we will turn to practical advice and solutions for issues facing our communities and agencies.  A panel of OCCD members will discuss how cities and counties, large and small, adjust to the challenging financial and funding environment.

Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio – sort of.  As local communities review and come to terms with legislation passed this year, many questions remain to be answered.  We have invited speakers with a variety of points of view on this issue to offer their advice to OCCD members.

I look forward to seeing you October 26th and 27th in Worthington!

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