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2019 OCDCA Annual Conference
Celebrating Excellence: Resurgence of Local Pride

Join us for our 35th Annual Conference to be held in Canton on October 9-11, 2019

Join more than 300 community development practitioners, partners, and volunteers dedicated to affordable housing, economic development, food access, financial empowerment, and community engagement at this statewide event.

Follow the excitement on Twitter at #cdcOhio19.


Wednesday, Oct. 9
2:30 - 5:00: Registration
3:00 - 5:00: OCDCA Board of Trustees Meeting

3:30 - 5:00: Social Enterprise Incubation Program Pitch Competition
5:30 - 8:30: Unofficial Official Networking Event & Downtown Business Stroll, Canton Brewing Co. Speakeasy

Thursday, Oct. 10
8:00 - 9:30: Continental Breakfast & Registration
9:15 - 10:45: Workshop Session I

Brief, Hard-Hitting Sessions
An Overview of Tree City USA
How to Bring a Plan to Life
The Who, What, and Why of YouthBuild
Pro Formas as a Useful Tool for Non-Profit Agencies
Engaging and Retaining your Organization’s Talent – A Workshop for Executive Directors
What Resources are Available to CDCs?

11:00 - 11:30: OCDCA Annual Business Meeting
11:45 - 1:45: Opening Keynote Lunch, with Dr. John Carlos
2:00 - 5:00: Neighborhood Tours

Affordable Housing in Canton & Stark County
Creative Community Responses to Workforce Initiatives and Employee Retention
Developing Food Access Solutions through Unique Partnerships
Individuals + Community Development = Cohesive Downtown

6:00 - 8:00: Evening Reception, The Historic Onesto Event Center

Friday, Oct. 11
8:00 - 8:45: Registration
8:30 - 9:45: OCDCA Member Awards Breakfast

10:00 - 11:15: Workshop Session II
From Farmers Markets to Mobile Markets
Innovative Practices in Affordable Housing
Civic Engagement

11:30 - 1:00: Workshop Session III
Addressing Racial Inequity in Ohio
Investing in Health, Transforming Neighborhoods
Resources to Help Non-Profits Address Transportation Barriers

Boxed Lunches made available at 12:30

Items listed on the agenda are subject to change.

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Keynote - Dr. John Carlos

Dr. John Carlos is a medaled USA Track and Field Hall of Fame athlete and Olympian. He made world history during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, when he took to the international stage during the medal ceremony and made a speechless statement, heard and seen worldwide. Winning the 200 meter, John Carlos accepted the Bronze medal at the Olympic podium wearing black socks and no shoes to represent impoverished people who had no shoes of their own, and raised a black-gloved fist crowning a bowed head to humbly reflect the strength of the human spirit. The International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage immediately ordered Smith and Carlos suspended from the U.S. team and banned them from the Olympic Village.

Since 1985, Dr. Carlos has been a counselor, in-school suspension supervisor, and a track and field coach. Continuing his life-long mission to improve human rights conditions and to increase chances for the successes of our youth, Dr. Carlos is actively involved with global and community movements. In April of 2008, he once again took to the international stage and was a torch-bearer for the Human Rights Torch, which ran in parallel to the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay, and focused attention on China’s human rights record. In July of the same year, Dr. Carlos accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for his salute at the 2008 Espy Awards.


McKinley Grand Hotel
320 Market Avenue South
Canton, OH 44702
(330) 454-5000

Rooms are the deeply discounted rate of $79 until September 25th. Call (330) 454-5000 to book your room by September 25th, and mention you are with Ohio CDC Association’s block.


OCDCA Members: $240
OCDCA Members - Additional Staff: $135

Non-Members: $310
Non-Members - Additional Staff: $160

Students or Non-OCDCA AmeriCorps Member: $100
Thursday Lunch Only: $50
Wednesday-Only: Free

Cancellations must be made by email or phone to Lisa Much before 5 PM EST on Wednesday, October 2 in order to receive a refund.

Thank you to our Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting?

View the opportunities or contact Lisa Much at (614) 461-6392 ext. 211.

Other Supporters & Exhibitors:

Aultman Hospital Foundation
Citizens Bank
Diamond and Associates
National Equity Fund
NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio
Novogradac & Company
City of Canton
LISC Toledo
Malone University
REV Community-Based EV Car Share
LISC Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition
Ohio Votes