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NYT - Opinion: An Important Vote for the Climate

March 21, 2019
Local officials across the country will have a chance to vote on new energy efficiency standards for buildings. But few tend to vote, which could put the outcome in jeopardy.

CDC of Ohio, Inc. - Community Development Specialist and Grant Coordinator

March 18, 2019
CDC of Ohio is looking for a candidate to help with the administration of CDBG Allocation, Neighborhood Revitalization, Critical Infrastructure, Residential Public Infrastructure, and Community Housing Impact and Preservation Programs (CHIP) and related grant programs for small cities and counties.

OCCD Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

March 14, 2019
OCCD Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications
We expect to award up to four (4) scholarships of $2,000 each at our Summer Annual Meeting that will be held in Columbus, Ohio this year.

From Our Training Coordinator

By Debra Mayes   |  March 14, 2019
From Our Training Coordinator
I’m not sure I have ever been more ready for SPRING!!

Legislation. . .In the News

By Anthony Core   |  March 14, 2019
The following is a summary of recent Ohio General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through March 4, 2019.

Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency

By Lydia Mihalik   |  March 14, 2019
Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency
It’s been an exciting few months here at the Ohio Development Services Agency. I’m excited to be at the Ohio Development Services Agency and return to a space I’m familiar with from the early days of my career – community and economic development. Serving as the mayor of Findlay was an honor, and I will call on my experiences as mayor as we work together to strengthen and grow Ohio communities.

OCCD 2019 Spring Quarterly Meeting

By Michael Norton-Smith   |  March 12, 2019
OCCD 2019 Spring Quarterly Meeting
With Winter weather behind us (hopefully) and blooms a few weeks away, it is also time to begin looking toward the 2019 OCCD Spring Quarterly.

On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

March 8, 2019
At Greater Ohio Policy Center, we monitor the news daily to learn more about the sustainable growth initiatives and related developments in our state and beyond that affect Ohio.

Ohio University Professional and Executive Leadership Series - Innovative Strategies to Lead in Today's Complex Environment

March 8, 2019
This conference is for new and emerging leaders as well as those in middle management roles. Interactive sessions focus on the skills needed to successfully lead in today's complex environment.

Request for Proposals - Strategic Planning Professional Services

March 8, 2019
In effort to prepare the organization for the future, OCCD is seeking the services of a strategic planning consultant to assist the organization with various activities; including membership survey instrument development and analysis, staff and board workshop session, planning session design and facilitation, the synthesis of updated mission/vision statements, as well as the preparation of a final written and oral report detailing the findings and recommendations of the strategic planning project and potential goals for the organization.

One South Euclid - Director of Programming & Development

March 7, 2019
One South Euclid is currently seeking an experienced and driven full-time Director of Programming and Development

Nominations for 2019 OCCD Annual Awards Being Accepted

March 7, 2019
Nominations for 2019 OCCD Member Awards

City of Toledo - Commissioner of Housing Services

March 4, 2019
The City of Toledo is accepting applications for the position of Commissioner of Housing Services. Resumes should be sent to Marquita.Chong@toledo.oh.gov. The position is open until filled. The first review of applications will begin March 15, 2019. This position is a Mayoral appointment. No phone calls.

ODSA - Supportive Housing Specialist

February 22, 2019
Reviews community agencies (e.g., non-profit organizations, homeless shelters, supportive housing providers, local governments, community action agencies & other public or private organizations) in housing compliance areas

City of Lorain - Housing Inspector

February 12, 2019
The City of Lorain Building Housing and Planning Department is seeking candidates for the classified, full-time, union position of Housing Inspector.

City of Lorain - Program Manager 1

February 12, 2019
The City of Lorain Civil Service Commission is accepting applications for the position of Program Manager 1 in the Building, Housing and Planning Department.

On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

February 8, 2019
At Greater Ohio Policy Center, we monitor the news daily to learn more about the sustainable growth initiatives and related developments in our state and beyond that affect Ohio. Below are articles that caught our attention over the last few weeks, and we thought they might interest you as well. If you have an article you would like to share with us, please email it to Maria Walliser-Wejebe at mwalliser-wejebe@greaterohio.org.

My False Pride, Black History and America’s Superiority Complex

By Jack Riordan   |  February 8, 2019
My False Pride, Black History and America’s Superiority Complex
I am proud of having a job every year since I was 13, from paper boy, grocery boy, helper on Coca Cola trucks, soda jerk, waiter, mechanic in the Army, Urban Monk, USAID Refugee Relief Officer in Vietnam, HUD CD Official, State CD Administrator and now part-time with OCCD.

OCCD Annual Report 2017 - 2018

January 30, 2019
The OCCD Annual Report provides an overview of the year's training activities, quarterly meeting sessions and programs, annual awards and financial summary.

Read to Lead

January 28, 2019
"I just sit in my office and read all day."

On the GO: News from the Greater Ohio Policy Center

January 17, 2019
Reinvention Cities Network Wraps Up 2018, Looks Ahead

Celebrating a Conservation Milestone

January 17, 2019
With your support, Western Reserve Land Conservancy surpassed our year-end goal of permanently conserving our 55,000th acre. That’s right, with the closing of 34 projects in 2018, we have now conserved 740+ properties totaling an incredible 56,200+ acres across northern and eastern Ohio!

OCCD Best Practices Fact Sheets

By Debra Mayes   |  January 14, 2019
Over the past year, the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) has sought to provide value to both the State of Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development (OCD), and to local governments across the State of Ohio in a v

Greater Ohio Policy Center - On Our Radar

January 11, 2019
GOPC in the News

City of Canton and Habitat for Humanity earns National Community Development Award

January 8, 2019
Canton, Ohio, (January 8, 2019) - The City of Canton Development Department has been recognized with the Audrey Nelson Community Development Award of Merit for a collaborative partnership with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.

2019 Greater Ohio Summit

January 7, 2019
Ohio’s cities and metropolitan regions have been hard at work revitalizing their communities and reorienting their economies to the 21st century. At this moment of transition in leadership across the state, Ohio’s cities are poised to expand and deepen the revitalization efforts in their communities.

The HUD Report

By Jorgelle Lawson   |  December 31, 2018
The HUD Report
The Federal Fiscal Year 2019 is here!! By the time you read this article, calendar year 2019 will be here and I will be retired.

City of Dayton Welcomes New Community Development Specialist

December 31, 2018
The City of Dayton Department of Planning and Community Development welcomes Ashley Hatton to the Grant Administration team as a Community Development Specialist.

Community Legal Aid Pilot Program Provides Virtual Legal Assistance in Wayne County

December 31, 2018
A new collaboration between Akron's Community Legal Aid and Community Action of Wayne and Medina Counties will aid both groups in serving the legal needs of residents without an attorney being physically present.

Legislation . . . In the News

By Anthony Core   |  December 31, 2018
The following is a summary of recent Ohio General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through November 30, 2018.


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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  • Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Training

    Learn the process for conducting a comprehensive Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) in compliance with HUD requirements, given the indefinite suspension of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule.
    Apr 8, 2019
  • Ohio Public Construction Contracting 101

    This program covers fundamentals of constructing local government improvements in Ohio, including pre-planning, selecting a project delivery method, hiring design professionals, bidding, and insurance and bonding. Registration deadline: April 12, 2019.
    Apr 23, 2019
  • OCCD 2019 Spring Meeting

    2019 Spring Quarterly Meeting Agenda
    Apr 24, 2019
  • Ohio Civil Rights Fair Housing Training

    Fair Housing Training provided by Ronnell Tomlinson, Director of Housing Enforcement & Mediation, Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Registration deadline: April 12, 2019.
    Apr 25, 2019
  • OCCD 2019 Summer Annual Meeting

    Jul 24, 2019
  • OCCD 2019 Fall Meeting

    OCCD 2019 Fall Meeting Embassy Suites, Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio October 30-31, 2019
    Oct 30, 2019