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50/50 Raffle - Wine Raffle - Basket Raffle

July 3, 2017
During the Summer Meeting raffle tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or three for $10. In addition to the 50/50 raffle, OCCD will also be raffling off bottles of Ohio wines and baskets. All proceeds to the OCCD Foundation Public Service Scholarship Program.

OCCD 2017 Summer Meeting

By Paul Herdeg   |  July 3, 2017
The OCCD staff and Executive Board look forward to welcoming you to OCCD's Summer Annual Meeting on July 26th and 27th. We will meet in Cleveland, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Carnegie Avenue, for a day and half of networking and information.

Congratulations Jack and Nellie Riordan!

July 3, 2017
Congratulations to John (Jack) Riordan and his lovely wife, Nellie, who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this summer.

OCCD Annual Award Winners To Be Recognized at Summer Meeting

July 3, 2017
Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD), a statewide association of community and economic development practitioners, announced the winners of the 5th Annual OCCD Member Awards, the President's Award for Innovative Practices, and this year's Public Service Scholarships.

What Separates Us?

By Jack Riordan   |  June 28, 2017
Why are we so divided and unwilling To Live and Let live?

How Trump's Budget Would Impact States and Localities

June 1, 2017
How Trump's Budget Would Impact States and Localities

Federal and State Housing Policy Update

By Jack Riordan   |  June 1, 2017
Federal and State Housing Policy Update

A Deluding Plan to Make America Great Again

April 10, 2017
As I come out of what has been truly my, ‚ÄúWinter of Our Discontent‚ÄĚ and shake off the malaise, I look at a future full of needs that will have to be addressed. I am certain that unless we can educate our legislators we will have much less state and federal resources. I also know that the less we achieve this year to reduce poverty and blight will multiply exponentially.

OCCD Foundation - Public Service Scholarship Applications

March 30, 2017
OCCD Foundation - Public Service Scholarship Applications
Through the generosity of the OCCD membership and friends, the OCCD Foundation is offering scholarships to students and young professionals pursuing advanced degrees in the profession of community and economic development. This scholarship fund was

Barriers vs. Walls

By Jack Riordan   |  March 14, 2017
Birds don't know - nor the winds slow,

Nominations for 2017 OCCD Member Awards

February 1, 2017
Nominations for 2017 OCCD Member Awards

News from Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing

January 31, 2017
Last year's Ohio Housing Conference, cosponsored by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), for better or worse, occurred during the 2016 national elections, with the housing policy plenary taking place the morning after the election results were announced.

Followup to OCCD Winter Meeting

January 30, 2017
As a follow up to our great Winter Meeting, Gene Krebs sent me a link to a meeting of the Southwest Ohio Region

Karen Kerns Dresser

January 9, 2017
Karen Kerns Dresser passed away this past weekend

Governing Daily - Bad Budget News? Some State Just Bury It.

January 7, 2017
Observers say Kansas is trying to "end bad economic news by not reporting it." It's not the only state being accused of hindering transparency.

Legislation. . .In The News

By Pamela Hanover, Esq.   |  January 2, 2017
The following is a summary of recent General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through December 2, 2016.

OCCD Annual Awards

January 2, 2017
2017 OCCD Member Awards & the President's Award for Innovative Practices

OCCD Foundation Scholarship Application Period Open

January 2, 2017
OCCD Foundation Scholarship Application Period Open
The OCCD Foundation is now accepting applications for 2017

How to Start Thinking About What a Trump Presidency Means for Cities

November 22, 2016
There are more questions than answers for now, but let's begin here.

Wisdom From The Cat Lady

By Jack Riordan   |  November 14, 2016
Feeling low, beginning to realize the full potential impact of what had just happened. . .

Washington State Could Pass the Nation's First Carbon Tax. Why Are Environmentalists and Democrats Fighting It?

October 18, 2016
The ballot measure has divided the green community and created some unlikely alliances.

Legislation. . .In The News

By Pamela Hanover, Esq.   |  September 29, 2016
The following is a summary of recent General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through August 31, 2016.

Franklin County - Food Security Initiative

September 29, 2016
Franklin County Food Security Initiative

City of Pittsburgh Implements ePropertyPlus for Property Inventory Management and Disposition

September 6, 2016
ePropertyPlus Delivers Operational Efficiency & Public Transparency Within Weeks

Women's Half Century Parity Climb and This Election

By Jack Riordan   |  August 25, 2016
The rioting in Milwaukee, where I went to college caused me to reflect on the changes since the riots in my Chicago in the 60s where I worked with the elderly poor and got my first taste of efforts for Black Civil Rights and Equality. Much has

Economy: Why Corporate America Is Leaving the Suburbs for the City

August 3, 2016
From The New York Times - Economy: Why Corporate America Is Leaving the Suburbs for the City

Zombie Foreclosure Crisis

July 22, 2016
Mortgage lenders and servicers could soon have a whole new set of responsibilities for maintaining foreclosed homes, as Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, introduced a new bill on Friday that would address what his office calls the ‚Äúzombie foreclosure crisis.‚ÄĚ

George Victor Voinovich Tribute

July 19, 2016
George Victor Voinovich Tribute
It is fitting that OCCD's recognition of outstanding public service will be titled The George Voinovich Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Teachers, police get no respect

July 18, 2016
Another bumper sticker will not end the pain in this country, nor will political call for peace and harmony. We have to put our tax money where our mouths are.


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