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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!

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.

50th Anniversary Celebration

By Rollin Seward   |  August 31, 2015
The 2015 OCCD Summer Annual Meeting and special 50th Anniversary Celebration took place on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30, and was a grand success. The events included excellent speakers, informative sessions, many opportunities to reconnect with OCCD members past and present, and recognition of the many accomplishments of our member communities and community development professionals over the past 50 years. We truly honored our past and looked forward towards transforming the future in all of our sessions and festivities.

Special Awards to HUD and ODSA

August 31, 2015
In special recognition and celebration of a continuous partnership, the Columbus HUD CPD and Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) received awards from OCCD.

50th Anniversary Gala Photographs and After Party

August 31, 2015

The Wisdom of the Old Lady with Cats

By Jack Riordan   |  August 31, 2015
The Wisdom of the Old Lady with Cats
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.

Recognition and a Special Thanks to Evelyn King

August 31, 2015
Evelyn King was the first OCCD member to step forward with a donation to the OCCD Foundation when the $50 for 50 year campaign was initiated earlier in the year.

OCCD Award Winners Recognized at Annual Luncheon and 50th Anniversary Gala

August 31, 2015
The 2015 winners of the Public Service Scholarship, OCCD Member Awards, and the President’s Award for Innovative Practices were recognized for their service and dedication to community development at the annual OCCD awards luncheon banquet and 50th Anniversary Celebration on July 29, 2015.

Resources from the HOME Coalition Webinar with HUD Secretary Julian Castro

By Debra Mayes   |  August 5, 2015
Provided by OCCD Member Gerry Diaz from Enterprise Community Partners
Keywords: home funding


By Debra Mayes   |  August 3, 2015
The OCCD 50th Anniversary Gala and Summer Annual Meeting was a TREMENDOUS success thanks to the leadership of committee chair Rollin Seward, OCCD President Ken Lengieza, President-elect Kathy Werkmeister and the 30+ committee members!
Keywords: 50th anniversary  |   2 comments

Save the HOME Program from Devastating Cuts!

By Debra Mayes   |  July 17, 2015
As provided by COSCA- Committee FY2016 Bill Would Fund the HOME Program at
Keywords: funding home

Time is Running Out!

By Debra Mayes   |  July 14, 2015
Don't miss it! Only 7 business days to register for OCCD Summer Annual and OCCD 50th Gala!! Deadline is July 22, 2015. On-line registration at

HUD Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

By Debra Mayes   |  July 8, 2015
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a final rule to equip communities that receive HUD funding with the data and tools that will help
Keywords: fair housing

OCCD 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Speaker

By Debra Mayes   |  July 7, 2015
OCCD 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Speaker
We are very pleased to announce our dinner speaker at the OCCD 50th Gala will be Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Keywords: gala, speaker

HUD Update

July 6, 2015
Both the HUD and OCCD are celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2015. HUD was created on September 9, 1965, to allow the federal government to tackle urban problems including substandard and deteriorating housing in a coordinated manner. OCCD was formed in 1965 as a professional association intended to serve the needs of local public agencies engaged in urban renewal in Ohio.

Elections! Who Needs Them?

By Dale Hartle   |  July 2, 2015
America prides itself on free elections, and considers that a critical part of governing, as well as a changing of the guard for leadership in this country. And throughout the land, elections are held as a way of giving people a voice in how they are governed. We most often think of it in relation to State and Federal elections, but in reality, open and free elections are important tenants of our society including even the smallest of community or state-wide organizations, answering the question – who do we want to lead us.

Legislation. . . .in the News

By Pamela Hanover, Esq.   |  July 2, 2015
The following is a summary of recent General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through June 4, 2015.

50/50 Raffle to Benefit OCCD Foundation Public Service Scholarship

July 2, 2015
During the Summer Meeting raffle tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or three for $10. The drawing will be held during the After Party Reception in the Pavillon. Proceeds will benefit the OCCD Foundation Public Service Scholarship Fund.

Voinovich Versus the Voracious

By Jack Riordan   |  July 2, 2015
“I don’t understand why there wasn’t an outcry when they cut….” Some of you had an outstanding opportunity to listen to a Great Ohio Public Servant, Senator/Governor/Mayor/County Commissioner/ County Auditor George V. Voinovich. He is unique! He deviated from his prepared remarks while talking about his efforts to preserve public support of local governments. The cuts he decried were illumination of the Estate Tax, the Local Government Fund and the 10% Real Estate Tax; all cuts made to balance the State Budget and reduce income taxes. We all know who really benefits from cuts in income taxes.

From Our Training Coordinator

By Debra Mayes   |  July 2, 2015
A few weeks ago I conducted a site visit for an upcoming OCCD Quarterly on a Viking River Cruise Ship. It could work! The lounge was large enough for meeting space and the dining room would serve for a separate location for meals…. OCCD Members like tours….there was a tour every morning…talk about historical buildings – design and architecture!


By Paul Christiansen   |  July 2, 2015
URAO’s Transition to OCCD Since my retirement 25-years ago, time has passed swiftly, but I still have fond memories of the late ‘60’s with close friendships shared with early members: Founding President, Pat Phelan - Columbus, Tony Patrino - Akron, Earle Sterzer - Dayton, Harry Norman - Springfield, Walter Blair - Hamilton, Walter Benedict, Painesville, and past HUD field reps: Dick Starr, Fritz Leighty, and David Ristau.

Update from Ohio Development Services Agency

By David Goodman   |  July 2, 2015
As the state fiscal year comes to a close, I want to thank you, our community development partners, for the work you have done this year to help strengthen Ohio’s communities. An essential part of our mission at the Development Services Agency is providing quality customer service. Part of our work to ensure you know what resources are available through our agency included creating the Program Finder on our website. This is a tool on the front page to look up our programs. When you find a program, based on your needs, it suggests other state incentives that are available. Direct contact information for a staff member is in the same convenient location, in case you have additional questions.

News from CityWide, Dayton, Ohio

July 2, 2015
On April 2nd CityWide employee Erica Hubler was honored at the Annual Miami Valley Fair Housing Luncheon as the recipient of the Marie Kindrick Fair Housing Award for her dedicated work over the years to help families purchase affordable housing.nnual Miami Valley Fair Housing Luncheon as the recipient of the Marie Kindrick Fair Housing Award for her dedicated work over the years to help families purchase affordable housing.

City of Bowling Green Welcomes New Housing Specialist

July 2, 2015
The City of Bowling Green proudly announces the hiring of Matt Snow as the new Housing Specialist. Snow served as Housing Specialist at Maumee Valley Planning Organization for four years prior to beginning employment with the City of Bowling Green on April 14, 2015.

People Working Cooperatively - Helping Veterans

July 2, 2015
People Working Cooperatively would like to share a story about a veteran and PWC client Billy Wallace. Billy came to them in need of a ramp and other home repairs. Thanks to the PWC Modifications to Mobility program and their Ramp it up for Vets program, staff and volunteers were able to get the job done for a well-deserving veteran.

Public Service Scholarship Winner - Courtney Schneider

July 2, 2015
This winter, I had the opportunity to attend Wright State University Diversity in the Multicultural Millennium Conference. This celebration connects the subjects of diversity and success, proving that without diversity, full potential will never be met. Although there were mostly students and professors present, I attended as a community member.

Public Service Scholarship Winner - Erin Kellogg

July 2, 2015
After graduating college, both of my parents embarked on public service career paths. My dad became a high school biology teacher, and has since moved his way up to superintendent of a public school district. My mom started in urban planning, and has expanded her work to include grant writing and development of low income housing.

Public Service Scholarship Winner - Aubrey Hale

July 2, 2015
My passion for public service has existed since I first saw the impacts public servants have on the everyday lives of those they serve. Some children grow up wanting to be the president of the United States. I grew up wanting to be a city manager. When I was a junior in high school, I had a front row seat to the impacts public policy makers can have at both the national and local levels.

Public Service Scholarship Winner - Anita Schmaltz

July 2, 2015
I am deeply interested in the plight of our urban core, particularly as it relates to community development and revitalization. This interest is rooted in both my work and the neighborhood where I live. I am the Director of Investigations at the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, where I have been employed for over ten years.

Ohio Housing Trust Fund Cut Defeated - Thank You!

By Debra Mayes   |  June 25, 2015
Provided by Nate Coffman, Ohio CDC- Many thanks to all who weighed in by writing letters, sending e-mails, making calls and visits to their state legislators.
Keywords: funding  |   3 comments

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