Summer Annual Meeting

By Rita Parise   |  June 30, 2020
As we collectively face a challenging time, we are fortunate to live in the age of technology which allows the opportunity to work together while remaining apart.  Please join us for our first ever virtual meeting which will convene the mornings of July 29 and 30. 

OCCD Webinars - Virtual Meetings

June 30, 2020
OCCD is pleased to introduce webinars as a new method of sharing information with its members

OCCD Board of Directors Nominations

June 30, 2020
Elections will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the OCCD Business Meeting to elect or re-elect the following individuals to the OCCD Board of Directors: 

OCCD Annual Awards to be Announced at the Summer Annual Meeting

June 30, 2020
Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD), a statewide association of community and economic development practitioners, announced the winners of the 8th Annual OCCD Member Awards, the President's Award for Innovative Practices, and this year's Public Service Scholarships.

Legislation . . . In the News

By Anthony Core   |  June 30, 2020
The following is a summary of recent Ohio General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through June 7, 2020. 

Redesigned OCD Technical Assistance Site Now Live

June 30, 2020
With feedback from grantees and staff, we redesigned the Technical Assistance site to be more user friendly and easier to navigate. Click here ( to view the redesigned site and be sure to update your existing bookmark. The current TA site will be archived on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

OCCD Statement

June 24, 2020
As an organization with its history rooted in the Model Cities Program that was created in response to social unrest in the 1960s, we condemn injustice and institutional racism. The Ohio Conference of Community Development stands with communities to demand more accountability regarding unreasonable use of force by our law officers and expect action against those who commit police brutality. Systemic racism cannot be tolerated. We continue to support economic and social equity. 

Federal Loan Programs Re-Open

June 22, 2020
Ohio Development Services Agency Updates

Governor DeWine Signs HB168 - Brownfield Regulatory Reform Legislation

June 17, 2020
Columbus, OH – Yesterday, Governor DeWine signed HB168 into law, following the unanimous passage of HB168 through both the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate last month. The bill, introduced in March 2019 by former State Representative Steven Arndt (R – Port Clinton), provides liability protection to purchasers of brownfields sites through an affirmative defense. The bill will take effect 90 days after the governor’s signature, on September 14.

On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

June 15, 2020
News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

All Lives Matter, When Did They Ever?

By Jack Riordan   |  June 10, 2020
All Lives Matter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that mantra since Michael Brown’s killing. When you do hear it it’s typically said by those who are opposed in one way or another to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

OCCD 2020 Annual Award Nominations being Accepted

June 5, 2020
Nominations for 2020 OCCD Member Awards being accepted

ODSA - Office of Community Development Grant Application Deadlines

June 4, 2020
ODSA - Office of Community Development Grant Deadlines

ODSA - Office of Community Development Technical Assistance Site

June 4, 2020
The Office of Community Development Technical Assistance link

Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship

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The scholarship program was established by OCCD to honor two men who dedicated their careers to Public Service. 

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