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Lorain to map, grade vacant homes to face demolition

By Jack Riordan   |  April 1, 2013
LORAIN - A new study will map and grade Lorain's vacant homes to prepare for future demolition. The city and the Thriving Communities Institute, a program of the Wester
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Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA)

March 27, 2013
Development Finance Authority of Summit County (formerly Summit County Port Authority) was authorized by the County of Summit in 1999 to generate economic development

Life's Luggage - Jack Riordan

By Jack Riordan   |  March 27, 2013
We carry baggage through life, not the pounds we add but the mental burdens that determine who we are, what we like, dislike, what we think important and how we act in public and how we act in private when we think no one is looking. Some of these life determining factors we picked up when we are barely conscious. Some baggage comes from genes that made their way to us from distant ancestors or a giggle during conception. We are what we are, mainly because of our parents, but teachers, ministers, playmates, and the physical and mental environment of our early years played a significant role in filling the bags we carry.

Legislation. . .In the News

March 27, 2013
The following is a summary of recent General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through March 4, 2013.

MORPC Hires New Leader

March 27, 2013
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) named William Murdock, AICP, as its new executive director at a starting salary of $152,500. Murdock previously served as the chief of community services at the Ohio Development Services Agency. As executive director, Murdock will be responsible for carrying out MORPC's mission, strategic goals, policies and programs. He will oversee the overall management of MORPC including structure, personnel, finance and the implementation of policies and programs. Murdock will also represent the agency before a variety of government, business and stakeholder organizations across the region, state and nation. Murdock assumed his duties as executive director at the end of January 2013.

Ohio Development Services Agency

March 27, 2013
Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency

The HUD Report

March 27, 2013
The HUD Report

Homes on the Hill - Hilltop Homes 2

March 27, 2013
Homes on the Hill and the Oberer Companies are partners in Hilltop Homes 2, a proposed 30 unit affordable housing development in Central Hilltop. This scattered site project reflects 10 months of extensive community outreach, mirrored with 7 community housing meetings.

From Our Training Coordinator - Debra Mayes

March 27, 2013
The links below include useful insights on the impacts of drilling from the national, regional, and Ohio perspectives. During their last two forums, they discussed how we can learn from the experiences of other states and regions. Included are some links which are specific to areas outside of Ohio that are relevant.

Spring Agenda 2013

March 27, 2013
The OCCD Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree, Columbus, Ohio near the intersection of I-71 and State Route 161. We will have a variety of issues for the Spring Conference that impact directly and indirectly our communities and the jobs that we do.

Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship Fund

March 12, 2013
This fund was established by the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) to honor two men who dedicated their careers to Public Service.

2013 Housing Conference - OCD/OCCD

By Debra Mayes   |  March 12, 2013
Hold the date! The 2013 Housing Conference co-sponsored by Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Community Development (OCD) and OCCD will be held Nov. 20-
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Fair Housing Month Luncheon & Training

By Debra Mayes   |  March 11, 2013
In celebration of National Fair Housing Month, OCCD is partnering with Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Community Development to present a luncheon and training
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Cincinnati and Franklin County Receive NCDA 2013 Awards

February 13, 2013
Cincinnati and Franklin County both were awarded NCDA Awards for 2013 - only ten were awarded from applications from across the country.

Disposing of Vacant Land and Abandoned Houses

By Jack Riordan   |  January 30, 2013
The fallout of the housing crises is on your door step. After every housing sale there are two entities that have a long term interest in the property, the buyer and you
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Update - Ohio Affordable Housing Forum and the Impacts from the Growth of Drilling

By Debra Mayes   |  January 28, 2013
The following was provided by Tom Leach of the Columbus HUD Office as a result of HUD's Ohio Affordable Housing Forums-

Must Read Book List

By Debra Mayes   |  January 25, 2013
If you didn't attend the OCCD 2013 Winter Quarterly - STOP reading.

OCCD Member, Empyra Collaborates with Youngstown to Solve City\'s Demolition Disarray

January 10, 2013
Since the collapse of the steel industry in the late 1970s the City of Youngstown has faced ongoing economic hardship. The city watched as the remainder of urban commerce retreated to the suburbs and beyond; taking over 60% of its nearly 200,000 residents with it. Left with little but vacancy and rust, the once world-famous steel town is now ranked fourth with the top blight stricken cities in America.

Legislation. . . . . . In The News

January 10, 2013
By: Pamela I. Hanover, Squire Sanders (US) LLP, OCCD Legislative Committee The following is a summary of recent General Assembly activity relating to economic development matters through December 4, 2012.

What's Ahead by Looking at What's Behind - Jack Riordan

January 9, 2013
We finished an election confirming my suspicions, which were reinforced by the soul searching and the posturing to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. The United States

From Our Training Coordinator - Debra Mayes

January 9, 2013
As I write this, another year is coming to an end. While there were moments of education, training, great fellowship and celebration, we experienced the loss of not o

Winter Agenda 2013

January 9, 2013
Someone once said that they would love to learn about Economics, but only if they never had to sit through a single lecture on the subject. If that is how you feel, this

Franklin County Hails Accomplishments By Local Agencies

January 9, 2013
Built around the theme of gathering around a kitchen table, Franklin County's Economic Development and Planning Department (EDP) led a five-site bus tour of local agencies that are leading the way in providing access to healthy food, offering opportunities for first-time and sustainable homeownership and fostering cutting-edge businesses that create inventive new jobs.

2012 - 2013 Executive Board and Committees

November 25, 2012
2012 - 2013 Executive Board and Committees
A listing of the Executive Board Members and the various Committees of the OCCD. The Executive Board Members are Angela Brown, President, Verna Vance, Past-President, Donna Colglazier, President-Elect, Ken Lengieza, Vice-President, Kathy Werkmeister, Treasurer, and Amy Riegel as Secretary...

Presentation of President's Award for Innovative Project

November 25, 2012
Presentation of President's Award for Innovative Project
The People Working Cooperatively, Inc. "Modifications for Mobility Program" is recipient of the 2012 OCCD President’s Award. PWC is commended for their innovative project which reduces barriers and provides a safer environment for low-income persons with disabilities...

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