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Thank you for attending our 34th Annual Conference, Building Community Together, October 3-5, 2018 in Columbus! We welcomed nearly 300 practitioners from around the state.

Stay tuned for information about our 35th Annual Conference to be held in fall 2019 in Canton!

Did you miss Queen Quet’s keynote speech at the opening luncheon on Thursday? Watch the whole video!

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Keynote Speaker - Queen Quet

Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, environmental justice advocate, environmentalist, and film consultant. She is the founder of the premiere advocacy organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. She was also the first Gullah/Geechee person to speak on behalf of her people before the United Nations in Genevé, Switzerland.

In 2008, she was recorded at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France at a United Nations Conference in order to have the human rights story of the Gullah/Geechee people archived for the United Nations. In 2009, she was invited by the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations to come and present before the newly founded “Minority Forum” as a representative of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities (IHRAAM) which is an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations. Queen Quet is a directorate member for IHRAAM and for the International Commission on Human Rights. She represented these bodies and the Gullah/ Geechee Nation at the “United Nations Forum on Minority Rights.”

Queen Quet’s accolades include the Jean Laney Folk Heritage Award for Gullah Advocacy from the state of South Carolina, the inaugural “Living Legacy Award” from the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH), the inaugural MaVynee Betsch Conservation Award, the National Black Herstory Award, and the Oceans Hero Award.  She received the “Preserving Our Places in History Lifetime Achievement Award” from the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission. www.QueenQuet.com

  Ohio Statehouse  Learn how to effectively advocate to your State Legislators at the 2018 Annual Conference.

Ohio Statehouse
Learn how to effectively advocate to your State Legislators at the 2018 Annual Conference.

wednesday, October 3, 2018

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Conference Registration
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Young & Emerging Professional Networking Panel
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Networking & Mingling Event

Thursday, October 4, 2018

8:00 am - 9:30 am: Conference Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Conference Registration
9:15 am - 10:45 am: Workshop Session I
Helping Restored Citizens Adjust
How to Effectively Advocate to Your State Legislators
How Technology Can Build Resilient Communities

11:00 am - 11:30 am: Ohio CDC Association Annual Business Meeting
11:45 am - 1:45 pm: Opening Keynote Lunch
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Neighborhood Tours
South Side: Rebirth of a Legacy Neighborhood
Global Meets Local

Started from the Bottoms, Now We’re Franklinton
A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: Weinland Park and Milo Grogan
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Evening Reception at the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda

Friday, October 5, 2018

7:15 am - 8:45 am: Conference Registration
8:00 am - 9:45 am: Member Awards Breakfast
10:00 am - 11:30 am: Workshop Session II
Principles for Equitable Civic Engagement: Building Authentic and Inclusive Relationships with Diverse Communities
Innovative Practices in Affordable Housing
Recovering Community: Strategies for Coping with the Opioid Crisis

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Boxed Lunches Served
11:45 am - 1:15 pm: Workshop Session III
Columbus Public-Private Partnerships in Action: The Process
Navigating Cultural Barriers with Refugees & Immigrants
Strategies for Lasting Affordability in a Variety of Housing Markets


 2017 Ohio CDC Association Conference in Toledo

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Workshop Information

Wednesday, October 3, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Young & Emerging Professional Networking Panel

Join OCDCA for an informal networking session for young, emerging, and seasoned professionals alike. Participants will engage in structured networking and then will hear from a diverse panel of Ohio community development professionals from around the state and stages in their careers. Refreshments will be provided. Come learn how to start, grow in, or bring young and emerging professionals into your organization.

Workshop Session I // Thursday, October 4, 9:15 am - 10:45 am

Helping Restored Citizens Adjust

Approximately 20,000 incarcerated Ohioans will be released this year. With the 3-year repeat offense rate at about 30%, how can we address the factors that prevent these individuals from becoming and remaining productive members of their community? Most restored citizens will face challenges in affordable housing and employment – education and a commitment to ongoing support are key to enabling long-term success. Learn how service providers are creating employment opportunities through skill-based education and workforce development in order to help restored citizens adjust to their communities.

How Technology can Build Resilient Communities

What is being done to bring tech innovation to central Ohio? Learn how a neighborhood app boosts community engagement and connects residents to local resources. Understand how mapping software can lead to a vitality index tool that pinpoints community needs. Gain insight into how housing rehab software is changing our approach to project management. This workshop delves into the benefits of using technology to address neighborhood investment in resident health and housing, while addressing issues such as access to technology and sustainable tech practices. With tech innovation all around us, we can build and maintain resilient communities.

How To Effectively Advocate to Your State Legislators

The Ohio General Assembly consists of the 99-member Ohio House of Representatives and the 33-member Ohio Senate. This legislature plays an important role in passing laws affecting every aspect of your community including the upcoming biennial operating budget and capital budget. It’s important for community developers to build relationships with their state legislators so as to be in a position to effectively advocate the interests of your community. This becomes even more apparent given constant changes brought on by term limits. Please join two experienced ex-legislators that spent four terms in the House of Representatives as they discuss how to effectively build relationships and advocate to your state legislators.  

Neighborhood Tours // Thursday, October 4, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: Weinland Park and Milo Grogan

Join us for a tour of two north Columbus neighborhoods experiencing investment and renewal in ways unique to the individual neighborhoods and common to the goals of community development. Both neighborhoods have struggled with disinvestment and disruption but now, due to innovative programs and unique partnerships, are emerging as neighborhoods of choice, where people want to live, work, worship or attend school!  Guests will have a chance to hear from  residents and stakeholders about neighborhood change and its impact and see what changes have been made in the communities, how assets are being utilized and how residents are being supported. 

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Global Meets Local

In a city where 11% of residents were born in a foreign country, there is a thriving global community within Columbus. This tour will provide a snapshot of the lively and diverse culture of Columbus through the lens of immigrant business owners and how organizations such as ECDI have fueled small business development for immigrants and refugees. You will also get to see the on-the-ground work of the social services agencies that better the lives of immigrants and refugees in the city. Hear the personal stories from Florence, a baker from Sierra Leo and Ijeoma, a pharmacy owner from Nigeria. Learn about the efforts of Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS) and Us Together, two organizations that assist and empower immigrants and refugees in establishing roots and gaining self-sufficiency.

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South Side: Rebirth of a Legacy Neighborhood

A community that is rich in ethnic, racial, and economic diversity, the South Side is undergoing a renaissance. For the past decade, a unified effort between a local hospital, community development corporation, the public and private sectors, has yielded a transformative process in the neighborhood.  We will explore the different elements that have combined to create a veritable Voltron of community development!

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Started from the Bottoms, Now we're Franklinton

This tour will attempt to dispel myths of urban working class communities. It will depict the Highland West neighborhood as a mixed-income community, suitable for all. Participants will explore on foot many areas in the Hilltop including the Wheatland Farm and affordable housing developments. Participants will then travel east to West Franklinton where they can participate in a brief neighborhood walking tour, learn about a social enterprise coffee shop and other neighborhood assets before ending in East Franklinton at Land Grant Brewing Company.

Workshop Session II // Friday, October 5, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Innovative Practices in Affordable Housing

Creating a sustainable approach to neighborhood stabilization is a challenge in community development. How do we facilitate relationships with like-minded organizations? How do we ensure enough funds to foster program services? This workshop will evaluate loan fund programs and home rehabilitation programs. Learn how to build and navigate relationships with organizations committed to housing revitalization. Unpack how one organization leveraged a relationship with the city to expand a grant program in Cleveland and how another organization uses vacant lots to promote neighborhood growth.

Principles for Equitable Civic Engagement: Building Authentic and Inclusive Relationships with Diverse Communities

This workshop is an interactive presentation designed to introduce Principles for Equitable Civic Engagement and how they can be used to encourage equitable engagement in a variety of communities and settings.  The presentation will include interactive scenarios and other activities designed to help attendees understand the underlying factors behind inequitable engagement structures and the factors involved in initiating transformative changes in those structures.

Recovering Community: Strategies for Coping with the Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Crisis has devastated families and communities. Come learn about the creative strategies CDC’s in Ohio have found to stabilize and heal their communities, and share what you are doing in your community. 

Workshop Session III // Friday, October 5, 11:45 am - 1:15 Pm

Columbus Public-Private Partnerships in Action: The Process

This workshop will highlight two of the many public-private partnerships in Columbus. Attendees will learn how a local CDC and other partners came together to create the Idea Foundry, a makerspace that hosts over 400 local businesses in the heart of the Franklinton neighborhood, and how it continues to thrive on collaborations. Then, attendees will learn the goals and process that enabled the City, the Housing Authority, and The Ohio State University to create a new tangible community asset on the city’s near-east side. This workshop will feature ample Q&A time and takeaways to help form successful partnerships in your community.

Navigating Cultural Barriers with Refugees and Immigrants

Representing four immigrant and refugee communities living in Ohio, the panelists will discuss the importance of understanding cultural differences and how this becomes the primary navigational tool to effective communication and service delivery. This session will also address the challenges, barriers and fears faced by refugees, immigrants as well as service providers as they navigate their way through American society. In order to gain a better understanding, questions from the attendees in the spirit of open dialogue with the panel is encouraged.

Strategies for Lasting Affordability in a Variety of Housing Markets

Lasting affordability is an issue most communities face. This workshop will highlight tactics, tools, and policy strategies used by three different OCDCA members from around the state in efforts to secure permanent affordable housing and resident ownership, mitigate unintended consequences of gentrification, and instill community stabilization and lasting inclusion. Attendees will work in small groups to brainstorm ways to bolster permanent affordability in their communities whether cold, emerging, or hot markets and will receive copies of a national policy toolkit.