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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!

On the GO: News from the Greater Ohio Policy Center

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship

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Upcoming Events

  • OCCD 2019 Summer Annual Meeting

    OCCD 2019 Summer Annual Meeting
    Jul 24, 2019
  • Determining Income and Allowances Training

    A fundamental component of using housing grant funds effectively is ensuring they target eligible households. Participants will learn how to effectively use the two definitions for annual income in Section 92.203 of the HOME Program Final Rule
    Sep 25, 2019
  • HOME Written Agreements

    A one day training covering the HOME requirements for written agreements.
    Oct 29, 2019
  • OCCD 2019 Fall Meeting

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