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Winter Agenda 2014

By Kathy Werkmeister   |  December 30, 2013
The OCCD staff and Executive Board look forward to welcoming you to OCCD's Winter Quarterly Meeting, January 29-30, 2014. We will meet at the Embassy Suites, Dublin.

Buckeye Hills Announces Regional Transportation Manager

December 30, 2013
Press Release: Buckeye Hills Announces Regional Transportation Manager Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District (BHHVRDD) has been selected by The Ohio Department of Transportation

Appalachian Region Awarded $1.7 million Make It in America Challenge Grant

December 30, 2013
PRESS RELEASE: Appalachian Region Awarded $1.7 million Make It in America Challenge Grant Project funded for worker training, domestic business investment and supply chain access.

Funding for the Future

By Dale Hartle   |  November 27, 2013
Just a reminder, that while everyone's schedule is very busy, it is very important to do a one sheet per story picture, and paragraph of successful projects. Both State and Federal legislator's as well as local officials need to know about those successes.

On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool

By Lisa Patt-McDaniel   |  November 1, 2013
U.S. EPA Region 5 is releasing a residential demolition bid specification toolkit (attached) for entities engaged in residential demolition operations. The bid specification development tool highlights environmental issues and concerns that may arise in connection with a demolition project, particularly those concerns that can be factored into the demolition contracting process.

President's Welcome to OCCD

September 25, 2013
President's Welcome

Ohio Vacant Facilities Fund provides grants for job growth

September 25, 2013
The Ohio Development Services Agency has launched the $2 million Ohio Vacant Facilities Fund (OVFF), which provides grants to businesses creating new jobs in vacant and underutilized commercial buildings and business parks. The goal of the OVFF is to encourage companies to reuse existing buildings and infrastructure, thereby leveraging new private investment and payroll within existing communities.

OMEGA Promotes Wierzbicki and Adds Two to Staff

September 25, 2013
Executive Director Greg DiDonato recently announced the promotion of Jeannette Wierzbicki, P.E. to Assistant Executive Director. Wierzbicki, a registered Professional Engineer, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. In addition to her responsibilities as the Assistant Executive Director, she will also serve as the Transportation/Grants Manager and directly supervise two new staff members. She and her husband, Bruce, reside in Senecaville.

How many people are in downtown Columbus during the day?

By Debra Mayes   |  September 25, 2013
Interesting fact shared by Community Research Partners-

Registration Opens for 2013 Housing Conference

August 22, 2013
Registration Opens for 2013 Housing Conference
Registration for the 2013 Housing Conference, which trains grant administrators and rehabilitation specialists of the Community Housing Improvement Program is open and the conference brochure is now available.


August 1, 2013
The 2013 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 banquet on July 24, 2013.

Transportation & Housing Bill Pulled from Floor in House

By Debra Mayes   |  July 31, 2013
With support collapsing, a $44.1 billion transportation and housing bill was pulled abruptly from the House floor Wednesday

HUD Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

By Debra Mayes   |  July 22, 2013
HUD Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule link provided.
Keywords: fair housing


July 16, 2013
Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD), a statewide association of community and economic development practitioners, has announced the winners of the inaugural OCCD Member Awards, the President’s Award for Innovative Practices, and this year’s Public Service Scholarship.

NEW HUD FHEO Outreach Tools – Fair Housing, Mortgage Lending, and more!

By Debra Mayes   |  July 16, 2013
NEW HUD FHEO Outreach Tools – Fair Housing, Mortgage Lending, and more! Includes booklets, brochures, posters, etc. Print versions of some items can be ordered from HUD. Other items can be downloaded and printed.
Keywords: fair housing

Brookings Alert - June Job Numbers Bring Some Good News

By Jack Riordan   |  July 9, 2013
A Brookings Alert - forwarded by Jack Riordan

COUNTYCORP Announces Promotions within The Housing Source programs

July 2, 2013
Dayton, OH, July 1, 2013: CountyCorp has recently announced two promotions within its staff: R. Adam Blake, Vice President of Housing, and Kimetta Parker, Contract Development & Compliance Manager.

Funding for Affordable Housing Programs at Risk

By Debra Mayes   |  June 24, 2013
The regular appropriations process has begun in Congress, but the two chambers are still divided over the level of funding to provide the government in the upcoming fiscal year.
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By Debra Mayes   |  June 7, 2013
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today issued new guidance to HUD-assisted housing providers on how
Keywords: housing, hud

Materials Available at HUD User

By Debra Mayes   |  May 22, 2013
HUD USER is the primary source for federal government reports, forums, statistics, and articles, and other information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and other housing-related topics.

HUD and Barberton Settle Fair Housing Discrimination Claim Involving Group Home

By Debra Mayes   |  May 7, 2013
HUD and City of Barberton settle fair housing claim over group home.
Keywords: fair housing

Update on Fair Housing Issues Impacting Individual’s with Disabilities Training

By Debra Mayes   |  May 6, 2013
On May 30, 2013, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission will sponsor, along with the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Development (OCD) as co-sponsor: Updates on Fair Housing Issues Impacting Individual’s with Disabilities.
Keywords: fair housing

HUD Guidance on Service Animals

By Debra Mayes   |  May 2, 2013
Those in attendance at the OCCD Spring Quarterly for the fair housing presentation are aware of the conversation by audience and Joyce Hill, OCD Civil Rights Specials and
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2012 Annual Ohio Historic Tax Credit Report

May 2, 2013
Ohio Development Services Agency released their 2012 Annual Report on the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program.


May 1, 2013
Greater Ohio Policy Center today released a new report, “Investing in Brownfields: The Economic Benefits of the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund,” finding that public investments in brownfield sites through the state Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) generate substantial economic benefits for Ohio’s taxpayers and communities.
Keywords: brownfields


April 29, 2013
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a series of restructuring and systemic changes within its Office of Multifamily Housing Programs and the Office of Field Policy and Management (FPM). The changes, which include consolidating Multifamily hubs nationwide and closing 16 smaller offices, affect approximately 900 of the Departments’ 9,000 employees.
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Update on Senate CDBG, HOME FY2014 Appropriations Letters

April 29, 2013
Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) “Dear Colleague” letter requesting $3.3 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program in FY2014 included 39 Senate signatures in support!
Keywords: cdbg, home  |   103 comments

Introducing the Civil Rights Reporter

By Debra Mayes   |  April 19, 2013
Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General announces the first issue of the Civil Rights Reporter.

OCD Downtown Revitalization Grants

By Debra Mayes   |  April 8, 2013
The Ohio Development Services Agency/Office of Community Development will be offering two trainings in the next few weeks to teach you more about the Downtown Revitalizat

National Community Development Week - Dayton, Ohio

By Debra Mayes   |  April 5, 2013
National Community Development Week - Dayton, Ohio
This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Through CDBG, economic development, housing, infrastructure and public servi
Keywords: cdbg, events  |   9 comments

Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship

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