Ohio CDC Association 2013 Conference (FULL DETAIL)

OCDCA 2013 Conference

October 10-11, 2013

$180 for members | $230 for general public
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Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio
Conference Rate: $129 per night (Available until September 18)

Cincinnati is the heart of Ohio's largest metro area, and the "QUEEN CITY" has continued to prosper despite the challenges facing many Midwestern cities like it. Local CDC's have led the resurgence of its historic downtown and neighborhood fabric. Thanks to their leadership, Cincinnati is the city that can't stop and won't stop!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop Session 1

How CDCs Can Share Resources and Services
Samantha Reeves, Communications Director/Intern Program Director, CDC Association of Greater Cincinnati
Patricia Timm, Back Office Project Coordinator, CDC Association of Greater Cincinnati

The funding environment for CDCs has become more challenging due to budget cuts at the state and federal level, and competition for private capital has increased as well. One option for CDCs to remain nimble and responsive is to find ways to collaborate and discover efficiencies from working together. The CDC Association of Greater Cincinnati is providing an innovative response to this environment with its Back Office Project and Intern Program. Learn how to bring these types of collaborations to your community.

Regional Food Systems: Moving Beyond Access to Healthy Foods
Renee Harris, Executive Director, Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati
Michelle Kaiser, MSW, MPH, PhD, College of Social Work, The Ohio State University

Moderator: Alicia Townsend, Vice President and Community Affairs Manager, US Bank

Individuals, families and the communities we live are made up of interconnected parts, which affect the health and well-being of the whole person or system. Many factors play a role in our physical well-being, healthy diet, physical activity, mental and physical self-care, stress, health care and proper choices about substance use all play a role. A holistic approach to health promotion is important for a healthy community. This session address the challenges we face with access to healthy food systems as well as the many other factors necessary to maintain a healthy life-style. Knowing the value of prevention and fostering partnerships among numerous organizations it allows individuals and communities to improve their health and their quality of life.

People Habitat: What Makes A Neighborhood Green
Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council

The community development industry's role in promoting sustainability goes beyond building individual green homes or promotion of green businesses. Kaid Benfield, who co-founded Smart Growth America and LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND), the national process for defining and certifying smart, green land development, will discuss why green neighborhoods matter; how LEED-ND can help guide the improvement of older neighborhoods and the construction of newer ones; and highlight CDCs that are going green effectively.

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote - Pavilion Room

Keynote Speaker: Christopher Leinberger, President of LOCUS and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Christopher P. Leinberger is a land use strategist, professor, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. Leinberger was voted one of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website. He was awarded the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities. His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream.

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Neighborhood Tours

Remaking the Urban Landscape
This tour will be conducted by Segway to the great civic venues of The Banks, Fountain Square, and Washington Park. On this journey, participants will learn about efforts to remake urban space, changing perceptions about cleanliness, safety, and opportunities for entertainment, great food, and fun.

Maintaining and Creating Diversity in Housing
This tour will take participants through neighborhoods that have, over the past few years, implemented strategies that balance maintenance of affordability for longtime residents with becoming a "hip" neighborhood experiencing demographic changes.

Implementing Form-Based Code
This tour will guide participants through the implementation of the new form-based zoning code in Cincinnati, which focuses more on physical design than on purpose and provides for much more flexibility for developers and diversity of uses for residents, while supporting neighborhood character.

Balancing Neighborhood and Institutional Interests in Revitalization
The Uptown Consortium is a funding intermediary and planning coalition of large institutions in uptown Cincinnati that has sought to support the growth in Avondale, Clifton, Clifton Heights/University Heights/Fairview, Corryville, and Mt. Auburn neighborhoods, and this tour will explore how community organizations have worked with those institutions as well as on their own to pursue redevelopment opportunities.

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. OCDCA Annual Business Meeting

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Conference Reception

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Contemporary Arts Center–one of the nations's oldest and most celebrated contemporary art institutions–is a non-collecting museum devoted to presenting contemporary art from around the world. The CAC's mission is based on the idea that there is an inextricable link between art and life, and that connections are made through contemporary art. It provides a space for reflection and dialogue, where the public can engage with artists, scholars, and each other around contemporary issues. The CAC is an open cultural forum where people gather to gain exposure to new ideas and where art is a means for people to connect to each other and to the world.

Entertainment will be provided and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Friday, October 11, 2013

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Member Awards Breakfast - Pavilion Room

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Workshop Session 2

How to Do Comprehensive Community Development: A Model
Jim Capraro, Principal, Capraro Consulting and Former Senior Fellow, Institute for Comprehensive Community Development

It is clearly no longer enough for community development corporations to look at themselves solely as real estate or affordable housing developers. In order to change the trajectories of their communities and the lives of individuals, they must look not only at physical capital, but also human and social capital, and determine the role they can play in non-traditional fields such as education and public health. Led by a pioneer and veteran of the field, this workshop will take participants through a process that effectively engages their communities to develop and implement a comprehensive vision for growth.

New Tools for Community Development Finance
R. Adam Blake, CountyCorp (Montogomery County, Ohio)
Margaret Hulbert, Vice President, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Sean T. Peppard, Partner, Ulmer & Berne LLP

This workshop will discuss several new tools for funding community development projects, including social impact bonds and crowdfunding. Social impact bonds are a tool that leverages private sector investment to fund innovations in social service delivery that can save money for non-profits and governments, and crowdfunding is a tool to engage non-accredited investors in funding business and real estate projects in their communities. The workshop will help participants understand how these and other instruments can work in their communities, as well as the regulatory environment for putting them into place.

Implementing a Form-Based Code
Roxanne Qualls, Vice Mayor, City of Cincinnati
Kevin Wright, Executive Director, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation
Sara Sheets, Executive Director, Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
Ozie Davis III, Executive Director, Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation

Older cities in the Midwest face, among other things, the twin challenges of attracting new investment and residents with new amenities and retaining the unique personalities and characters of their neighborhoods as they grow and change. One creative option that has been adopted in Cincinnati is the "form-based code," which uses physical form, rather than use, as the organizing principle for zoning. Several of the partners in Cincinnati's effort will discuss the advantages of this type of code, how it has benefited their neighborhoods, and how it can work in your communities.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Workshop Session 3

How to Do Comprehensive Community Development: Practitioner Perspectives from Ohio
Peg Moertl, Senior Vice-President, Community Development Banking, PNC Bank
Sonya Pryor-Jones, Director, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood
Michael Wilkos, Senior Community Research and Grants Management Officer, The Columbus Foundation

Building upon the workshop from earlier in the day, participants will hear from leaders in three comprehensive community development initiatives here in Ohio: Cincinnati's Place Matters initiative, Columbus's Weinland Park Collaborative, and Cleveland's Central Promise Neighborhood Initiative. Leaders will discuss how the vision was developed, how the initiative was funded, and the main challenges they have faced and are facing with implementation.

Designing Local: Creating Your 100% Original Community
Kyle Ezell, AICP, Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University

Designing Local is a new planning and design process that challenges communities to become 100% original. It's a powerful economic development tool that is based on showcasing communities' values and aspirations: the blueprints to creating remarkable places. Learn how to start the conversation in your community in this participatory design workshop.

Tools, Policies and Challenges for Building Community Wealth
David Rothstein, Director of Resource Development and Public Affairs, Neighborhood Housing Services of Cleveland
Rob Sheil, Executive Director, Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity
Kalitha Williams, Policy Liaison, Policy Matters Ohio

One of the primary challenges facing low-income communities is how to build wealth for their households. This workshop will provide context for and data about wealth-building and financial access policies for low-income people in Ohio, and explore two models for wealth-building: the renter equity model being implemented in Cincinnati, and the financial empowerment center model being developed in Cleveland.

1:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch and Departure