Training and Technical Assistance

To support strategies for comprehensive community development, organizations' current needs, reliable information, and expertise to ensure CDC initiatives are executed at the highest level, OCDCA offers a variety of training and professional development opportunities. Designed to help our members make the most of their organizations' talent and resources, we deliver 10-15 days of training per year on topics including, but not limited to, community development, economic development, affordable housing, financial empowerment, food access, real estate, finance, project development, leadership, and management. The format of the training varies from webinars to one-day workshops to two- and four-day intensive training.

OCDCA also hosts regional membership meetings that provide our members opportunities to network with one another and meet with industry leaders who provide important information and listen to their concerns.

For specific questions regarding upcoming community development training, training sponsorship opportunities, or to register for an upcoming training, please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392, ext. 209. Please note that training events are only added to the calendar after dates have been finalized.

Rural Technical Assistance Opportunity: The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Antonio, TX. NALCAB is a national intermediary that has a strong record of providing technical assistance and access to capital throughout the U.S., in both urban and rural markets.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded NALCAB a grant to deliver project-based and organizational technical assistance (TA) and capacity building services, and loans to affordable housing and community development projects, in rural communities in 12 states. Ohio is one of those states. Government, tribal, and non-profit affordable housing providers, and community and economic development entities from Ohio are eligible to request TA services and loans.

Learn more about this opportunity and view and download the TA form here.

OCDCA is committed to fostering the best training and TA to our members. For this reason, we have offered scholarships to the Social Impact Investing Executive Education Program by the Tony Wells Foundation. The Wells Foundation compiled an early participant and organizational outcomes report for OCDCA members who attended the training. The results indicate that our members outperform typical participants in test scores. Additionally, there are many positive indicators of success from various members. Read the report here. Apply for the next course August 21-23. We will be providing scholarships to members in the RCDI Project. Learn more or apply.

OCDCA is pleased to offer 3 members 50 hours of community economic development TA with Harsany & Associates to members in our Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Project. Harsany & Associates exists to provide technical assistance, training, strategic planning direction, guidance to project funding and development, agency/program/financial management and assessment services, and research & analysis support to non-profit and government entities. Available TA subjects include:

  • Program/project management
  • Program/project assessment
  • Management of people and resources
  • Economic development
  • Community revitalization
  • Affordable housing development
  • Sustainable development
  • Non-profit creation and development
  • Non-profit management and systems
  • Governance
  • Accounting and financial management for non-profits
  • Creation of contracts
  • Development of budgets and proformas
  • Construction management
  • Workforce retention and effectiveness
  • Organizational assessment and process mapping
  • Policy Development
  • Addressing community and economic development challenges unique to rural areas
  • Strategic planning
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Crisis management
  • CDBG/HOME funded programs

Apply for TA here!