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OCCD 2020 Fall Meeting

By Brian Iorio   |  September 30, 2020
OCCD 2020 Fall Meeting
First, I would like to express what a great honor it is to serve as Vice President for this year. This will be a year of continuing challenges. Incredibly, challenges in such abundance that I do not have the space to list here. However, this is why we chose our professions. We, the Community Development Community, are not strangers to challenges.

OCCD Training Opportunities

September 29, 2020
OCCD has scheduled the Acquisition/Relocation (URA) Training for October 27, 2020 and will schedule the CDBG Basics Training this Fall.

Ohio Development Services Agency Update

September 29, 2020
Ohio Development Services Agency Update
I want to start with thank you. Thank you to each of you for all the work you’re doing to stop the spread of COVID-19. And, thank you for all you’re doing to support your communities during this challenging time. Ohio is rising to the challenge because communities and businesses are coming together to fight the virus and protect each other and our most vulnerable Ohioans.

OCCD 2020 - 2021 Board of Directors

September 29, 2020
The 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Officers were elected at the Summer Meeting.

OCCD Annual Awards Announced at Summer Meeting

September 29, 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.

Thanks, OCCD For The Memories

By Jack Riordan   |  September 29, 2020
Thanks, OCCD For The Memories
As the old song says, “Breaking up is hard to do”.  Only Fritz has been around longer.  My 48 years flew by and I went from Young Turk to Old Fart.  The face-to-face feedback from OCCD’s original members helped me understand a new job and helped OCCD evolve from the Urban Renewal Association of Ohio to the Ohio Conference of Community Development.  

Legislation . . . In the News

By Anthony Core   |  September 29, 2020
Legislation . . . In the News
Legislation. . . In the News --- The following is a summary of recent Ohio General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through September 18, 2020.

OCCD Foundation Annual Gold Star Campaign

September 28, 2020
OCCD Foundation Annual Gold  Star Campaign
The OCCD Foundation Annual Gold Star Fundraising Campaign is underway. Please consider participating in the gold star annual fundraising campaign.

On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

September 21, 2020
Monitoring the news daily to learn more about the sustainable growth initiatives and related developments in our state and beyond that affect Ohio.

GOPC Presents Rebuttal to Measures Seeking to Undo Ohio's Long-standing Income Tax Structure

September 11, 2020
New Analysis counters short-sighted lawsuit and legislation that would seriously threaten Ohio's major cities if passed.

NACCED Virtual HOME Rental Housing Compliance

August 12, 2020
This intensive, four-day training will cover the HOME regulations for rental housing including both the development and long term compliance of affordable housing.

HUD Housing Counselor Certification Rule

August 5, 2020
HUD posts Interim Final Rule to Delay Housing Counselor Certification Deadline

HUD Publishes Interim Final Rule to Delay Housing Counselor

August 3, 2020
Delay in deadline for housing counselors to become HUD certified.

NOFA TEAMS Marketing Session for Great State of Ohio

July 29, 2020
Informational Webinar for Interested Communities on $275 million Lead Hazard Reduction Grant NOFA

CDBG-CV COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Updated - July 10, 2020

July 16, 2020
CARES Act Funding FAQs updated July 10, 2020.

Sylvester Angel Passed Away

July 7, 2020
Sylvester C. Angel, Jr., a true Angel even by name, went home to be with the Lord on June 26, 2020.  He died peacefully at his home in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 89.

Boring Saga of an Old Guy Getting Older, Messages from Reality - Spring 2020

By Jack Riordan   |  July 1, 2020
I was wallowing in remorse that age was slowly taking away functions of vitality and relevance to the problems that were washing over the world I so loved. COVID 19 crept into my many lives at the same time that my body sent urgent messages. I was going to be limited by an invisible invader

Boring Saga of an Old Guy Getting Older, Messages from Reality - Spring 2020

By Jack Riordan   |  July 1, 2020
I was wallowing in remorse that age was slowly taking away functions of vitality and relevance to the problems that were washing over the world I so loved. COVID 19 crept into my many lives at the same time that my body sent urgent messages. I was going to be limited by an invisible invader

OCCD Webinars - Virtual Meetings

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

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 (https://development.force.com/OCDTA/s) 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.

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. 

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.

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: 

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 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


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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