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New Zealand, Brief Introduction February 2016

By Jack Riordan   |  June 30, 2016
After a 2 day, thousand mile voyage from Tasmania Australia across the Tasman Sea, with by Albatrosses and Boobies trailing our ship, our first day in New Z was in Milford Sound. In addition to the 1000 foot rock walls and 500 foot waterfalls, it was a great intro to the "Shaky Isles".

Essay by Scholarship Winner: Curtis A. Deeter - Why Work In Public Service?

June 27, 2016
Moving a lot as a kid, something about our world became apparent to me. People live different lives with different opportunities. For some, unfortunately, their lack of opportunity puts them at a disadvantage. Someone needs to be the voice for these people.

Realtor RFPs

By Debra Mayes   |  June 14, 2016
The City of Xenia is looking at going out for a realtor to market some of the homes the City is ending up owning due to foreclosure. Does anyone know of any cases where

OCCD 2016 Summer Annual Meeting

June 14, 2016
Summer is the season for networking and learning! The OCCD Annual Meeting will be held in Toledo on July 27th and 28th at the Park Inn, 101 North Summit Street. Tom Kroma and his staff have been working on this action packed agenda since last year, and I know you will find new ideas for community and economic development in Toledo’s renaissance

Legislation. . .In The News

June 8, 2016
The following is a summary of recent General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through May 31, 2016.

The Long Slow Exit from My Dad's Ethnic World

By Jack Riordan   |  June 6, 2016
When I was conceived eighty years ago in Chicago, my father gave me his world; I have left out my mother's essential participation in the process, because she was from Kentucky via Morgan County in southern Illinois and almost as much a foreigner as I was when she delivered me. Dad's world was an ethnic hodgepodge, in which nearly every European community had its section of the city or neighborhood where their language was spoken and displayed on signs, in newspapers, and even taught in schools.

Franklin County DowntownWorks

April 11, 2016
Franklin County DowntownWorks
In July 2015, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted to authorize a new economic development initiative called DowntownWorks. The latest in the Commissioners’ SmartWorks suite of economic development programs, DowntownWorks is a partnership with Heritage Ohio, which works with municipalities all over the state to preserve and revitalize historic downtowns.

Legislation. . .In The News

By Pamela Hanover, Esq.   |  April 11, 2016
The following is a summary of recent General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through February 29, 2016.

Toledo Wheel Program - Program Suspended

April 11, 2016
The City of Toledo, Department of Neighborhoods, Northwest Ohio Development Agency (NODA), and Cherry Street Mission Ministries, have partnered to bring a new program to the City for working families who are without reliable transportation. The program is funded through a TARTA FTA Job Access & Reverse Commute Grant.

OCCD Proposed Bylaw Changes

By Ken Lengieza   |  March 10, 2016
Due to members shifting jobs and the Board losing potential officer candidates, the Board asked me, as Nominating Committee Chair, and Lisa Patt-McDaniel, who is now OCCD Vice President, to draft changes to improve the election of Board Members and Officers.

OCCD 2016 Spring Meeting

March 10, 2016
Welcome to Spring! The next OCCD Quarterly Meeting will be held on April 27th and 28th at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Again we will meet to expand our knowledge of community development and network with our community development colleagues.

2016 OCCD Winter Quarterly PowerPoints

By Debra Mayes   |  January 27, 2016
2016 OCCD Winter Quarterly PowerPoints
The PowerPoint presentations (provided by presenters) from the 2016 OCCD Winter Quarterly

COHHIO's Annual Statewide Conference

January 26, 2016
COHHIO's Annual Statewide Conference - April 11 - 13, 2016

Legislation. . .In The News

By Pamela Hanover, Esq.   |  January 1, 2016
The following is a summary of recent General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through November 30, 2015.

OCCD 2016 Winter Meeting

By Amy Riegel   |  January 1, 2016
The OCCD staff and Executive Board look forward to welcoming you to the OCCD Winter Quarterly Meeting on January 20-21, 2016. We will meet at the Embassy Suites, Dublin, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017 for a day and a half of networking, informational sessions, and a chance to renew and revive our commitment to our communities.

Passing of Jack Foley

By Debra Mayes   |  December 21, 2015
Passing of Jack Foley
Received word from Mike Keys that Jack Foley passed away December 18, 2015.

OCCD 2016 Winter Quarterly

By Amy Riegel   |  December 15, 2015
The OCCD staff and Executive Board look forward to welcoming you to the OCCD Winter Quarterly Meeting on January 20-21, 2016. We will meet at the Embassy Suites, Dublin, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017 for a day and a half of networking, informational sessions, and a chance to renew and revive our commitment to our communities.

JOBS

By Jack Riordan   |  November 27, 2015
What Skills Will Be Needed To Get A Job This Year, Next Year, Five or Ten Years? What skills will Add Value to a product or service that an employer will pay to have in their workforce?

Sign the National Letter Opposing Cuts to HOME!

By Debra Mayes   |  October 9, 2015
Provided by Nate Coffman, Ohio CDC- national sign on letter, urging Congress to lift the spending caps and restore HOME funding to at least $1.06 billion.
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The Wisdom of the Old Lady with Cats

October 1, 2015
Back in the late 1970s, Nina Perkins, the OCCD newsletter editor, helped me to prepare a quarterly report about what was going on at HUD. As the 1980s began, Homeless programs took on more significance and after a trip to New York City, I incorporated comments of our failures to address the problem of the homeless from the perspective of folks living in box and grate hotels on the streets of our cities.

Update from Ohio Development Services Agency

October 1, 2015
It is hard to believe my children are back in school and football season has started. It seems like we just celebrated the Ohio Conference of Community Development’s 50th anniversary. I enjoyed being part of the celebration in July to recognize this milestone.

From Our Training Coordinator

October 1, 2015
Our very first training was Construction Management presented by ICF International in December of 2004. It was a two-day training attended by 60 at the Holiday Inn Worthington which is now Doubletree Worthington. That is your OCCD trivia for the quarter.

The HUD Report

By Jorgelle Lawson   |  October 1, 2015
Another Fiscal Year!!! 2016 is here. We are off to a fast start!! CPD Columbus has added new staff and the Risk Analysis process has started in preparation for on-site monitoring visits.

OCCD Foundation Board of Directors

October 1, 2015
Newly formed OCCD Foundation Board of Directors

OCCD Board of Directors and Committees

October 1, 2015
2015 - 2016 OCCD Board of Directors and Committees

Fall Meeting Agenda

October 1, 2015
The OCCD Fall Quarterly Meeting will be held on October 28 and 29, 2015. We will meet at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue in Columbus for a day and a half of networking and informational sessions. Although the 50th Anniversary Celebration is over, we want to continue the momentum from this summer to celebrate the work of OCCD’s community members throughout the coming year.

Wecome from President Kathy Werkmeister

October 1, 2015
Although the 2015 Summer Quarterly Conference and Gala Celebration are behind us, the memories will be with us for years to come. There will be many photos posted to OCCD’s website if you missed it. It’s hardly enough to say thank you to our chairman and anniversary committee leader, Rollin Seward, and his committee of dedicated volunteers.

Thank You to Sponsors of the OCCD 50th Anniversary Gala

September 1, 2015
OCCD would like to thank all of the organizations and companies who generously sponsored the OCCD 50th Anniversary Gala!

A Toast to the First 50 Years for OCCD

September 1, 2015
President Ken Lengieza provided a toast to celebrate the first 50 Years of the Ohio Conference of Community Development organization

Farewell from Past President

By Ken Lengieza   |  August 31, 2015
I really appreciated the opportunity to serve as your President for 2014-2015. Thanks for all your help and support. Coming off a tremendous 50th Anniversary Celebration and with now 177 communities and organizations as members, representing 300 to 400 community development professionals , OCCD is as strong as ever.


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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
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    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