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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.

From Our Training Coordinator

December 31, 2018
From Our Training Coordinator
New Year full of changes....Can't say that I am sorry to see 2018 come to a close. Saying it was a year of challenges is a gross understatement.

Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency

By David Goodman   |  December 31, 2018
Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency
It is hard to believe 2018 is coming to an end. I'm proud to be a part of the work we do to strengthen our communities. Working together, we continue to make a difference in the lives of Ohioans. Thank you for your partnership.

OCCD Foundation Annual Gold Star Campaign

December 31, 2018
OCCD Foundation Annual Gold  Star Campaign
The OCCD Foundation Annual "Gold Star" Fundraising Campaign is underway.

Please Note: Future Quarterly Meeting Notifications by Email Only

December 31, 2018
Beginning with the Spring Quarterly Meeting in 2019, OCCD will no longer mail registration packets to members and interested parties, but rather will forward all meeting materials via email.

Greater Ohio Policy Center Holiday Newsletter

December 21, 2018
Happy Holidays from everyone at the Greater Ohio Policy Center!

A New Day Dawning

By Jack Riordan   |  December 17, 2018
A New Day Dawning
Crawling through my cluttered mind looking for a way.

2019 Winter Quarterly Meeting

By Michael Norton-Smith   |  December 11, 2018
2019 Winter Quarterly Meeting
With the holiday season in full swing and January right around the corner, it is also time to begin looking toward the 2019 OCCD Winter Quarterly.

ODSA - Manager, Weatherization Assistance Programs

December 4, 2018
Manages implementation of Home Weatherization Assistance Program (i.e., HWAP), Electric Partnership Program (EPP) and HWAP Enhancement within Community Service Division's (i.e., CSD) Office of  Community Assistance (i.e., OCA): provides work direction to staff in areas of administration, coordination & implementation of energy programs

The Meanderings of Troubled Mind Through Shipshewana

By Jack Riordan   |  November 5, 2018
Why would a wine group go to Shipshewana Indiana; it's a dry and 4-hour drive? Our Frugal Grape gang makes a yearly, weekend excursion for a gabfest, taste interesting wines and foods, plus explore.

Request for Proposals - 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan, 2019 One Year Action Plan & Update to the Analysis of Impediments to Fair

October 23, 2018
The City of Sandusky, Ohio is soliciting proposals with a cost from qualified firms or individuals to assist the City with the preparation of its 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan, 2019 One-Year Action Plan, and an update of the 's of Impediments to Fair Housing in order to meet the regulatory requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Consolidated Plan is submitted to HUD every five years and must follow HUD regulations and guidelines.

Request for Proposals - Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AIFH)

October 15, 2018
The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit qualifications and proposals from qualified consultants (individuals, organizations, or firms) for the preparation of an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AIFH), inclusive of the cities of Fairborn and Xenia as well as Greene County as a whole.

2018 Fall Quarterly Meeting

October 1, 2018
2018 Fall Quarterly Meeting
The OCCD Staff and Board invite you to attend this year's Fall Quarterly Meeting, which will be held on October 24th and 25th, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza North (6500 Doubletree Avenue Columbus, Ohio). This should be a great opportunity for us to expand our knowledge of community development through networking and informational sessions.

Legislation . . . In the News

By Anthony Core   |  October 1, 2018
The following is a summary of recent Ohio General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through September 1, 2018.

Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference - Building Community Together

By Nate Coffman   |  October 1, 2018
Join Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) at its 34th Annual Conference, under the theme Building Community Together, October 3-5, 2018

2018 Annual Member Awards

October 1, 2018
The Annual Member Awards were announced at the Summer Annual Conference of Ohio Conference of Community Development in Sandusky.

OCCD 2018 President's Award - Montgomery County

October 1, 2018
The 2018 recipient of the President's Award for Innovative Practices is Montgomery County's "Trucks and Tomatoes" Job Training and Urban Garden Enhancement Project.

Downside of Home Grown Tomatoes

By Jack Riordan   |  October 1, 2018
Downside of Home Grown Tomatoes
Almost every day in the summer begins the same. After I thank the Creator, (most of us call God) source of light, liquid water, and life and salute all those who gave their youth and lives or love ones for our country and its flag, I meander to my garden

Don Corley retires from WSOS after years of service in Community Action

September 4, 2018
Don Corley retires from WSOS after years of service in Community Action
After nearly 45 years working in community action, Don Corley of WSOS Community Action Commission is retiring. Throughout his long career, Don has been a strong advocate for low-income residents in communities served by WSOS.

Report: Ohio Jobs Don't Pay Enough to Afford the Rent

August 21, 2018
Only two of the top 10 occupations in Ohio actually pay their employees enough to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment, according to a report released Wednesday.

Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference - Building Community Together

By Nate Coffman   |  August 15, 2018
Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference - Building Community Together
Join Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) at its 34th Annual Conference, under the theme Building Community Together, October 3-5, 2018 at the recently renovated, yet historic and haunted The Westin Great Southern Columbus.

Greater Ohio Policy Center - 2018 Policy Platform

August 8, 2018
The past decade has seen considerable progress as job growth has remained steady and communities across the state have experienced promising comebacks. Yet, cities and towns across the Buckeye state continue to struggle to fund sites for new businesses and employees

National Low Income Housing Coalition - Senate Passes FY19 THUD Appropriations Bills

August 6, 2018
The Senate voted 92-6 on August 1 to approve its FY19 Transportation-HUD (THUD) spending bill, which provides robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs. Overall, the bill provides HUD programs with more than $12 billion above the president’s FY19 request and more than $1 billion above the House bill.

America just won the world's hardest math contest. Again.

August 2, 2018
Last month, the United States made an extraordinary achievement: For the third time in four years, it won the International Mathematical Olympiad.

America just won the world's hardest math contest. Again.

August 2, 2018
Last month, the United States made an extraordinary achievement: For the third time in four years, it won the International Mathematical Olympiad.

OCCD President's Award to Montgomery County's Trucks and Tomatoes

July 3, 2018
Montgomery County's "Trucks and Tomatoes" Job Training and Urban Garden Enhancement Project was funded in part by Montgomery County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), with additional leverage from Montgomery County general revenue funds.

Poggemeyer Celebrating 50 Years

June 28, 2018
On March 16, 1968, Lester H. Poggemeyer, P.E. opened a one man office in Bowling Green, Ohio. In 1986, the name was officially changed to Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc. (PDG) after the key management team of Jack Jones, Charlene Kerr, Otto Gerdeman, and Larry Carroll purchased the firm.

OCCD Annual Award Winners to Be Recognized at Summer Meeting

June 28, 2018
Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD), a statewide association of community and economic development practitioners, announced the winners of the 6th Annual OCCD Member Awards, the President's Award for Innovative Practices, and this year's Public Service Scholarships.


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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Upcoming Events

  • 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