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Trying to Understand Those Who Do Not See the USA As I Do

By Jack Riordan   |  August 9, 2019
Watching fireworks on TV with a grandson, my wife and I on the big screen TV, and the little guy on his iPad, I realized just how addicted to comfort and convenience I have become. It's a far cry from my exploratory youth

OCCD 2019 - 2020 Board of Directors

August 1, 2019
OCCD 2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
OCCD Board of Directors for 2019 - 2020

OCCD Awarded HUD Certificate of Appreciation

June 30, 2019
OCCD Awarded HUD Certificate of Appreciation
Michael Norton-Smith, OCCD Vice President accepted the HUD Certificate of Appreciation

OCCD Annual Award Winners to be Recognized at Summer Meeting

June 30, 2019
Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD), a statewide association of community and economic development practitioners, announced the winners of the 7th Annual OCCD Member Awards, the President's Award for Innovative Practices, and this year's Public Service Scholarships.

White Superiority Complex

By Jack Riordan   |  June 30, 2019
White Superiority Complex
Bread For the World Made a very revealing presentation at our April Quarterly Meeting on the government sources of the Racial Wealth Gap and our unrecognized guilt of the persistent poverty of most African Americans; an issue that has troubled me for a long time. Why?

Legislation . . . In the News

By Anthony Core   |  June 30, 2019
The following is a summary of recent Ohio General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through June 27, 2019.

Spotlight on Best Practices: Neighborhood Revitalization - City of Canton, Ohio

June 30, 2019
Best Practices Fact Sheet - Neighborhood Revitalization - City of Canton providing HOME and CDBG funds toward Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio's Central Project. Additional Best Practices Fact Sheets can be found at /learning-resources/best-practices-fact-sheets

NACEDA Network News

June 14, 2019
National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations

OCCD 2019 Summer Annual Meeting

By Michael Norton-Smith   |  June 12, 2019
OCCD 2019 Summer Annual Meeting
The OCCD Staff and Board invite you to attend this year's Summer Annual Meeting, which will be held on July 24th and 25th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites, Columbus (2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219). This should be a great opportunity for us to expand our knowledge of community development through networking and informational sessions.

GOPC Releases Recommendation for Transporation Budget Ahead of Conference Committee

March 27, 2019
News from Greater Ohio Policy Center - Press Release

On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

March 22, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nominations for 2019 OCCD Annual Awards Being Accepted

March 7, 2019
Nominations for 2019 OCCD Member Awards

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.

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.

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.


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