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How a risk-averse hospital and a risk-taking CDC built a functional partnership

Miriam Axel-Lute and Lilliam M. Ortiz of Shelterforce:

“Hospitals across the country have been taking steps to work with community-based organizations to address a major cause of poor health in neighborhoods:  substandard housing. Shelterforce recently chatted with Angela Mingo, community relations director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and the Rev. John Edgar, the executive director of the faith-based CDC called Community Development for All People, to learn more about their partnership, how it came to be, and to find out how others can form similar partnerships to help residents in their respective communities.”

Read the whole interview that highlights a great partnership between an OCDCA member and its partner.


Going tactical: place based activation

This two day training starts with a train-the-trainer afternoon seminar devoted to the core components of placemaking and then transitioning to hands-on demonstrations.

Going Tactical: Place Based Activation
September 7-8, 2017
Register Here!

Day one will be an afternoon consisting of two sessions. The first will focus participants on developing an understanding of placemaking, its relationship with community’s goals and vision, and the Better Block process.

Day 1 Overview: September 7, 2017 at the Ohio CDC Association office from 1 PM – 4 PM
Day 2 Project: September 8, 2017 at Franklinton Urban Empowerment Lab, 480 W. Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215 from 9 AM – 1 PM

The second session will be a deeper dive into the process and components of the Better Block program, tying the concepts of placemaking to the upcoming demonstration event. Day two will focus on a morning demonstration event that will be coordinated with a host neighborhood Community Development Corporation in the central region of Ohio. Participants will act as volunteers throughout the event and after the event is over there will be a short debrief of the event; reviewing what went right, wrong, if goals were met, and what further refinements can be made.

Attendees should leave with a basic understanding of place activation as well as the necessary tools to begin work on their own place activation projects.

Training will be conducted by John Yung with Urban Fast Forward.
Cost: $15 for OCDCA Members / $30 for Non-OCDCA Members

This training is supported by PNC Bank.


10 reasons why you should become a member

Do you enjoy receiving Ohio CDC Association’s monthly newsletter What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development which features state and federal policy updates, funding and employment opportunities, and a bevy of training events?

Well then, here are ten other things you would enjoy even more by being a member of the Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA):

1. We help explain what you do

What is community development? Great question. Are you a CDC? Possibly. Do you do community development? It’s likely.

We help explain the answers to these questions and describe a broad view of comprehensive community development. We provide branding assistance and supplementary marketing materials, including a comprehensive Public Relations Toolkit. For a look at our starting point, please see our videos, “If We Can, So Can You.” We help create a unified voice for the variety of neighborhood revitalization and community development efforts in Ohio.

2. Advocacy gets easier for you

This will be of huge importance for the foreseeable future.

We work in coalitions to make it easier and stronger. On a state level, we helped form the Home Matters to Ohio campaign to push affordable housing to the top of the priority list, and have advocated for more or equal funding for nonprofit community developers for years.

We utilize our downtown Columbus presence to talk to policy makers on behalf of two-hundred plus organizations along with our partners.

Nationally, we work to stay at the table, creating flyers demonstrating the value of CDBG and HOME that our members can use. We organize Capitol Hill visits for national conferences, empowering our members to tell the stories of their communities.

Join this strong voice so your concerns are heard. Many are louder than one.

3. Free Money!

Over $37,200 in scholarships to non-OCDCA community development trainings were already offered in 2017 so far, including the National Development Council Academy and the People and Places Community Conference in DC. Even if your organization just received one scholarship to a conference, the OCDCA membership would pay for itself.

4. Opportunities to network with other CDCs and peers

Networking is integral in all of our trainings, workshops, and our conference. But, more importantly, we love connecting experts from around the state to help out those organizations in need. Who better to learn from than other practitioners?

5. Quality, affordable trainings in a variety of subjects offered year-round

Yeah, a lot of these trainings are free for everybody, but that’s just because we want to share the knowledge. On that note, we love collaborating with other orgs on trainings, most recently Greater Ohio Policy Center and Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. OCDCA members also receive a discounted OANO membership, which means further training discounts. For any of our trainings that do require a fee, members have discounted rates. To find out what’s coming up next, click here!

6. Members-only funding announcements

Did you ever want to be part of a secret club? Now you can be. We tirelessly scour all the sources for the best, most relevant funding opportunities applicable to any member to disseminate through our monthly newsletter: Funding Opps. For a sample copy, please email Lisa Much, lmuch AT

7. Technical assistance in pretty much anything!

Microbusiness development, financial education, housing, economic development, rural development, fund development, marketing, starting or expanding a CDC, etc. Just ask! If we don’t know, we can help you get the answer! (Unless, of course, it’s malfunctioning office equipment).

8. Access to the AmeriCorps VISTA, IDA, and Microbusiness Development programs

With technical assistance and training, of course. Some of these programs even feature members’ only sections on our website and periodic network calls or summits to share best practices or get your questions answered.

In the last year alone, OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTAs recruited more than 900 community volunteers, who completed over 2,000 hours of volunteer service; organized or attended over 250 community events to support their organization’s services; and raised over $700,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. How can they bolster your community?

9. New programs on the horizon – community empowerment initiative

Ever on the lookout for more ways to serve our members, we’ve created the Community Empowerment Initiative, slated to launch Q1 of 2018, to bolster our members in a comprehensive way. Stay tuned for more information!

10. Ohio CDC Association annual conference discount

“The CDC conference is always one of the best of the year,” a long-time, returning attendee remarked after the 2014 Dayton conference.

Now on its 33rd year, the OCDCA conference takes pride in changing the host city each year. Featuring diverse workshops, ample networking time, at least four local tours, expert featured speakers, and award ceremonies, the CDC conference promotes idea sharing and collaboration for all people working to improve communities throughout Ohio. Plus, there are, of course, usually scholarships for young professionals and other members to attend.

Have we convinced you yet? If you are still unsure about the value of an OCDCA membership, check out the other benefits here.

Member dues are 50% off the rest of the year. Become a member now with code “10REASONS” and you will be entered into a raffle to win a free OCDCA Annual Conference registration in Toledo, under the theme Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity, October 5-6, 2017 at the newly renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.

For more membership questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.

We’re here for you. We envision the creation of a community development environment that comprehensively improves life opportunities for all Ohioans and believe you are doing that. Let’s work together.


Don’t miss Manuel Pastor at the OCDCA annual conference

Join OCDCA this October to hear conference keynote Dr. Manuel Pastor

Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California 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.
Dr. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities.
His recent book Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America’s Metro Areas, co-authored with Chris Benner, argues how inequality stunts economic growth and how bringing together equity and growth requires concerted local action. Combining data, case studies, and narratives on multi-sector collaborations in 11 metro regions, the book offers a powerful prescription not just for metros but for our national challenges of slow job growth, rising economic inequality, and sharp political polarization.
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.

Check out his most recent book. Don’t forget to register for the conference!

Get a sneak peek of his engaging speaking style:


Student & young professional scholarships available for annual conference

Registration is now open for the 33rd Annual Conference in Toledo!

Enjoy the early bird discount for just a few weeks, until September 8:

Early-Bird Conference Rates until September 8
Members: $180
Non-Members: $230
Students & Young Professionals: $100

BUT WAIT! Why not apply for a student and young professional scholarship, sponsored by Chase Bank? Applications are due August 25.

Members – Additional Staff: $100
Non-Members – Additional Staff: $180
Click here to register.

Check out the schedule of the conference.


What’s Happening?

A brief sample of our July 2017 newsletter: What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development?

Regional Regulatory Roundtable – Advocacy Opportunity

On August 1 and 3, the Office of Advocacy within the Small Business Administration is holding Regional Regulatory Roundtables to hear first-hand from business owners about what federal regulations most concern and/or impact them. The August 1 roundtable will be held in Cincinnati, and the August 3 will be held in Cleveland. The registration link for the August 1 event in Cincinnati can be found here. The registration link for the August 3 event in Cleveland can be found here.

Read the whole newsletter or subscribe!



Registration now open for #cdcOhio17



Join Ohio CDC Association at its 33rd annual conference October 5-6 as we explore the Glass City under the theme Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity.

Local Tours:

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


  • Cultivating Local Food Culture
  • Local Hiring for Development
  • What’s Happening in Our Nation’s Capitol
  • 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
  • Building Family Income and Wealth: Lessons from the Field
  • Environmental Challenges for Legacy Cities
  • Inclusivity in Community Development: Progress and Participation at all Levels

Plus, the annual member awards breakfast, an evening reception, and the annual business meeting!

Join OCDCA staff and early conference arrivals at the official “unofficial” pre-conference networking event at Fleetwood’s Tap Room in Hensville on Wednesday, October 4 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Fleetwood’s features more than 75 regional craft beers (including 48 on draft!), a wide selection of whiskeys, an eclectic menu, and an outstanding outdoor patio that overlooks Hensville Park.

Follow all the conference excitement with #cdcOhio17.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).

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. You still have time to nominate a someone for these awards. Nominate by August 4th.

Hotel & Registration Info

Join us at the newly renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, with its beautiful views of the river and downtown Toledo!

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

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

Early-Bird Conference Rates until September 8

Members: $180
Non-Members: $230
Keynote Luncheon Only: $50
Students & Young Professionals: $100

Students & Young Professionals – apply for a registration scholarship, sponsored by Chase Bank.

Members – Additional Staff: $100
Non-Members – Additional Staff: $180
Click here to register.

Generous support provided by:


Financial Education Training for Trainers

Join us for the Your Money, Your Goals training for trainers curriculum, developed and delivered by OCDCA trainer favorite Inger Guiffrida of the Consumer financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The Your Money, Your Goals toolkit helps front line staff and volunteers as they work with consumers to:
• Make spending decisions that can help them reach their financial goals,
• Order and fix credit reports,
• Reduce debt,
• Avoid harmful financial products, and much more!

This day-long training is free with registration and includes a printed copy of the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit.

Register soon as space is limited.

Your Money, Your Goals: Training for Trainers
August 1, 2017  /  9 AM – 5 PM
Chase Bank Building, 6th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

For more information, please contact Suzanne Parks at (614) 461-6392 ex. 206.


Call for nominations – 2017 OCDCA awards

OCDCA is issuing a call for nominations for the annual Ohio CDC Association member awards.

These awards recognize CDCs, their staff and volunteers, projects, partners and advocates who have made exemplary contributions to the community development field.

Celebrate the individuals and organizations that are helping to stabilize, restore and invigorate communities in Ohio!

Winners will be announced at the 33rd Annual Conference at the Member Awards Breakfast on Friday, October 6th in Toledo.

Nominate someone here.

Shawn Carvin of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership receiving the inaugural CDC Rising Star Award at the 32nd Annual Conference in Athens, Ohio.

Ned D. Neuhausel Award
In honor of Ned Neuhausel, long-time leader in Ottawa County’s disability support system and Executive Director of Ottawa Residential Services, Inc. Nominate one person who has played a key role in providing affordable housing for vulnerable people and been a strong advocate on their behalf.

Stephanie J. Bevens Award
The award honors Stephanie Bevens, a long-time OCDCA Board Member, an innovative director of microenterprise programs at Pike County Community Action, and a tireless advocate on behalf of low-income entrepreneurs. Nominate a CDC staff member with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong advocate on behalf of low- to-moderate income people.

CDC Project of the Year
This award gives recognition to an outstanding CDC project related to affordable housing, community economic development, community engagement, financial empowerment or food access.

CDC Staff Member of the Year
Nominate an outstanding staff member, full or part-time who has made the work of the CDC a success.

CDC Community Leader of the Year
Recognize an outstanding community leader (CDC Board Member, volunteer, etc.) who has provided leadership or other major contributions to a CDC.

CDC Rising Star
Nominate an outstanding staff member, volunteer, or advocate, who is under 30, who is making a big impact in community development.

Community Development Partner of the Year
The nomination may be a special non-profit or faith-based organization, individual, business, financial institution, foundation, intermediary, government agency or other entity that has provided support to a CDC.

CDC of the Year
Nominate a CDC that has done outstanding work this year.

Only CDC members, which includes staff, board and projects may be nominated, except in the case of the Partner of the Year, where a nominee does not have to be a member but must be a partner of a current CDC member. View the current list of OCDCA members.

Winners will be selected by an impartial Awards Committee. You may nominate yourself or your organization. Nominate someone here by August 4.


Dumpster diving an important part of drive toward Zero Waste

Fred Kight of The Athens News:

Needing empty boxes to pack for a move or something, I have selectively scavenged over the years. But my upcoming date with Zero Waste looked to be different.

These folks were going to actually get into a dumpster and go through the contents. Luckily, I remained an observer rather than an active participant.

Zero Waste is an arm of Rural Action, which has its home office in The Plains. The program is trying to eliminate as much as possible from the waste stream and minimize what must be hauled away to a landfill.

One way Zero Waste accomplishes this is by offering advice to businesses and commercial trash customers. The advice is based on a waste audit.

And that audit is what my impending dumpster dive was all about.

Diver Caitlin Garrity, with me tagging along, would make note of what was being put into the container. In addition, Garrity, a Rural Action AmeriCorps member, would do a walk-though of the business and then write a report for the customer that detailed waste-management strengths and opportunities for improvement. She also would help them implement changes.

It’s a win-win deal. By changing their trash habits, the customer saves on disposal costs, and Zero Waste promotes the development of a zero-waste economy.

Read the whole story here.

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