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2017 OCDCA Annual Conference
Toledo, October 5-6, 2017

Thank you everyone who joined us in Toledo! We had record attendance. Stay tuned for the 34th Annual Conference in 2018!

Welcome to Toledo and the surrounding region! Join Ohio CDC Association at its 33rd annual conference as we explore The Glass City under the theme Glass Half Full, Resilience in the Face of Adversity.

Join us at the newly renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, with its beautiful views of the river and downtown Toledo. Explore the the city and its wave of redevelopment and culture of creative placemaking. Learn from the many workshops, featuring experts from Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit, and more! Come network with over 250 community development practitioners from around Ohio and other parts of the Midwest.

Hotel Information

Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel
444 North Summit Street
Toledo, OH 43604

Rate: $119/night until September 20
Book online!



Wednesday, October 4, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Unofficial Pre-Conference Networking Event – Fleetwood’s Tap Room in Hensville - Supported by Fifth Third Bank

Thursday, October 5, 2017
8:00 am - 9:30 am: Conference Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:15 am - 10:45 am: Workshop Session I

  • Cultivating Local Food Culture
  • Local Hiring for Development
  • What's Happening in Our Nation's Capitol

11:00 am - 11:45 am: Ohio CDC Association Annual Business Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm: Opening Keynote Luncheon
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Neighborhood Tours

  • Celebrating Creative Communities
  • Downtown and UpTown: A Renaissance in the Making
  • Exploring the Broadway Coalition
  • Innovative and Affordable Housing Facing Challenging Times

 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Evening Reception

Friday, October 6, 2017
8:00 am - 8:45 am: Conference Registration
8:30 am - 9:45 am: Member Awards Breakfast
10:00 am - 11:15 am: Workshop Session II

  • Business Corridors for and with Residents
  • Emerging Opportunity: Elevating the Economic Impact of Immigrants, Refugees, & People of Diverse Cultures
  • Successful Strategies for Single Family Scattered Site LIHTC Projects

11:30 am - 12:45 pm: Workshop Session III

  • Building Family Income and Wealth: Lessons from the Field
  • Environmental Challenges for Legacy Cities
  • Inclusivity in Community Development: Progress and Participation at all Levels

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm: Boxed Lunches & Conference Departure

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Manuel Pastor

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.

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Dr. Pastor was the founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations, and grants from the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the W.T. Grant Foundation, The California Endowment, the California Air Resources Board, and many others.

Dr. Pastor speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment and has contributed opinion pieces to such outlets as the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Huffington Post, and many others. In 2012, he received the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award for social justice research partnerships. Pastor’s current research is looking at the last several decades of economic, social, and environmental transformations in California – and what they can tell us about the road ahead for the U.S.

Join us at the Friday Morning Member Awards Breakfast. Who is the CDC of the year? What is the CDC project of the year? Find out on Friday, October 6th.

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Workshop Session I
October 5  /  9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Cultivating Local Food Culture
Rob Cotrell, Lima Allen Counties Neighborhoods in Partnership
Jeff Givan, Lima Allen Counties Neighborhoods in Partnership
Dubielak, Executive Director, Toledo Grows
This workshop will focus on the challenges of scaling local food systems. Participants will learn about neighborhood-level aquaponics and the lessons learned about scaling aquaponics systems from Lima Allen Counties Neighborhoods in Partnership.  In addition, participants will learn about how the Toledo Grows program has come to scale from a community garden program into an independent organization providing services to a full network of community gardens.

Local Hiring for Development
Theodore Foreman, Lucas County Department of Planning and Development
Tonia Saunders, Lucas County Department of Planning and Development

Mike Veh, Lucas County Department of Planning and Development
Have you been looking into developing a local hiring or workforce training initiative in your community? This workshop will provide a checklist of steps to consider when developing a local hiring program. Attendees will learn more about what to do and what not to do when approaching companies and development agencies to develop their program. Hear viewpoints from representatives in the public sector and information regarding their community and private partners. This is useful for communities looking to develop their own programs.

What’s Happening in Our Nation’s Capital
Nate Coffman, Ohio CDC Association
Jeremie Greer, Prosperity Now
Matt Josephs, LISC

Uncertainty and chaos have unfortunately become the norm in practically all federal government matters. After several years of federal budget austerity, investments in community development are now even more at risk. What can community developers expect from the budget, the threat of a government shutdown, tax reform, and other initiatives? Or what new issues will have crept up since this description was written just a month ago? Please join us for a topical discussion of all matters federal with two veteran national community development advocates.

neighborhood Tours
October 5/  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrating Creative Communities
Based on Toledo’s Strategic Plan for Arts and Culture, come explore the current development, creativity, and role of artists in transforming downtown neighborhoods. This guided bus tour will begin at the Toledo Museum of Art, the birthplace of the studio glass art movement founded in Toledo's industrial role as the glass capital of the world. The tour will explore the 'culture of hands' that have contributed to both past and current development, and the role the arts are playing in Toledo's urban neighborhoods, and challenges inherent to arts-based community development in the area. Neighborhoods include downtown's Warehouse District and Uptown neighborhoods, as well as re-connecting surrounding historic neighborhoods such as East Toledo, and the Polish Village. 

Connecting Through Food, Music, Art, and Gardens
Conducted by the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, the tour will be an interactive one allowing attendees to participate in their community kitchen, sample foods, receive time at the art gallery to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, visit the woodshop, and bees! Attendees will also learn about the Broadway Corridor Coalition on the Old South End Master Plan of improving the Old South End.

Downtown and UpTown: A Renaissance in the Making (Supported by Finance Fund)
This tour will begin at the new headquarters of ProMedica including adjacent Promenade Park and its unique riverfront public art and Metroparks of Toledo Middlegrounds public park. The tour will move into the UpTown neighborhood with stops at Nexus Health Care and ProMedica’s Ebeid Center for Population Health including the first and only grocery store in UpTown, Market on the Green and the adjacent Uptown Green public park. On this excursion, participants will learn about the strategies to remake historic structures; changing the dynamic of downtown and UpTown Toledo, and the importance of public/private relationships in creating a vital and sustainable urban environment.

Innovative and Affordable Housing Facing Challenging Times (Supported by Huntington Bank)
Participants on this journey will learn about three diverse and innovative affordable housing developments and how they overcame varying levels of adversity. These developments include the adaptive reuse of a vacant elementary school coupled with a new addition currently under construction; scattered site single family homes that feature high performing energy efficiencies to reduce utility costs; and the redevelopment of a high density traditional public housing project built in the 1930s that resulted in a lower density planned community.

Workshop Session II
October 6/  10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Business Corridors for and with Residents (Supported by Third Federal Savings & Loan)
Sadell Bradley, MORTAR
Merissa Piazza, Center for Economic Development, Cleveland State University
Chanell Scott Contreras, ProsperUS Detroit
Amy Garcia, Third Federal Savings & Loan
As business corridors crop up and improve, it is important that these districts simultaneously serve and work for the residents of a neighborhood—and don’t promote gentrification. This discussion-based workshop will cover different ways to bolster low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs as well as lessons from the field and tips for measuring effectiveness.

Emerging Opportunity: Elevating the Economic Impact of Immigrants, Refugees, & People of Diverse Cultures
Salma Barudi, Toledo LISC
Brittany Ford, Board of Lucas County Commissioners
Patricia Y. Hernández, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)
Guisselle Mendoza, Adelante: The Latino Resource Center
Mechelle Zarou, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Have you heard Ohioians are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and Ohio is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades? Are you wondering what your community and neighborhood can do to respond to this change? Come learn from the Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC) initiative! This workshop will explore why it’s important to understand the economic impact of these changing demographics, provide an overview of Welcome TLC, and highlight projects that help welcome and integrate immigrants, refugees, and diverse communities in neighborhoods and cities.

Successful Strategies for Single Family Scattered Site LIHTC Projects (Supported by Toledo LISC)
Victor Abla,  LISC
Michelle Bush, Corporate FACTS
Rob Curry, Cleveland Housing Network
Tony DiBlasi, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Bill Farnsel, NeighborWorks Toledo Region
Matt Leber, LISC

The State of Ohio pioneered the use of LIHTCs for single family scattered site homes.  As many of these projects reach the end of the 15 year compliance period, or have already done so, attendees will learn how organizations are working to convert as many tenants as possible into homeowners to meet the original intent of the projects as lease/purchase.  There will also be discussion around asset and property management best practices, including the unveiling of a new property management guide from LISC.

Workshop Session III
October 6/  11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Building Family Income and Wealth: Lessons from the Field (Supported by Citizens Bank)
Sarah Allan, Toledo LISC
Carrie Arnold, Sunshine
Luana Jackson, ONE Village Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) Participant
Stephen MacDonald, Lucas County Family and Children First Council
Evelyn McKinney, United Way of Greater Toledo

Strong, vibrant communities are created when residents have access to opportunities focused on the achievement of long-term financial stability. To get there, community supports need to be in place to assist residents with building skills and planning their financial futures. In this workshop, you will learn about two successful strategies being implemented in Toledo that are producing results: Financial Opportunity Centers and the Employer Sponsored Small Dollar Loan Program. Learn what it takes to make these initiatives work and hear first-hand testimonials of the effectiveness of these interventions designed to assist families build income and wealth.

Environmental Challenges for Legacy Cities
Kari Gerwin, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
Ken Kilbert, University of Toledo
Patrick Lawrence, University of Toledo
Steve Serkaian, Lansing Board of Water & Light

After the Flint Water Crisis, infrastructure, water, and other environmental challenges came to the forefront of the national conversation, but many communities, especially legacy cities have been working on these issues for years. This workshop will cover the legal implications of federal environmental law on communities, how one city replaced their lead pipes at little cost without a federal mandate, and ideas and considerations when promoting green storm water infrastructure.

Inclusivity in Community Development: Progress and Participation at all Levels (Supported by Chase Bank)
Asiaha Butler, Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.)

How do grassroots organizations and residents get a meaningful seat at the table with developers, elected officials, municipal departments and private sector entities that affect development in their community? Explore a case study and Q&A session of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, a forgotten South Side gem that is making a resurgence.  Asiaha Butler, community leader shares the struggles and successes of bringing this neighborhood back to life.