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More scholarships available for national People & Places conference

NACEDA, an Ohio CDC Association partner, is co-hosting the People & Places 2017 Community Conference.

Please plan to attend this pivotal event for the community development movement May 31 – June 2 in Arlington, VA. Community-based organizations from every corner of the country will showcase the effectiveness, resolve, and passion of those working daily to improve lives in America’s most challenged neighborhoods.

This conference is being hosted by NACEDA, NALCAB, the National Urban League, and National CAPACD and NDCC.

Scholarships Available

Ohio CDC Association, with NACEDA support, is pleased to, again, award a limited number of partial registration scholarships (equal to $200), which will be randomly selected from interested members.

The registration rate is currently $325, so this provides selected members with a deep discount to the event.

To be considered for a registration scholarship, please email Lisa Much at lmuch AT ohiocdc.org, expressing your interest, by Friday, March 31 at noon, EST.

Selected scholarship recipients must be current OCDCA members.

What You’ll Get Out of It

In addition to meeting practitioners from around the country, you’ll gain knowledge within four broad topics:

  • Equitable development
  • Community economies
  • Vehicles for investment
  • Capacity building for place-based organizations.

Learn more about People & Places 2017 here.

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Lots of trainings coming up…

There are many trainings, events, and scholarship deadlines coming up! See the schedule.

Impact Investing Executive Education Program Scholarships Available
This cutting-edge three day course, led by the Tony R. Wells Foundation, enables nonprofit, foundation and social enterprise leaders to leverage the power of social enterprise and social impact investing together to increase impact, improve stability, and grow the sustainability of their organizations. OCDCA will be providing nine scholarships to members, three of which must go to staff from rural members through USDA RCDI, for the April 18-20, 2017 training. Scholarship recipients will only pay $300 towards the $2,100 course. Deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 31.

 

2017 Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices
The 2017 Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices will allow participants to share ideas about resources and strategies to bolster the effectiveness of their microbusiness program.

It will feature networking opportunities and panel discussions about best practices for microbusiness development programs, including using data and research program growth and marketing, negotiation and mediation, as well as an update on services available from the small business development centers.

Join us April 3, 2017 in Columbus for this event. More information here.

 

Creative Placemaking Ohio
Ohio CDC Association, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, and our partners are offering the Creative Placemaking Ohio workshops.

We all know that, when done right, creative placemaking can foster collective community revitalization by uniting partners from a multitude of sectors to enact community change. Across Ohio, groups are already working on this and you can join in! Meet these new allies at one of the Creative Placemaking Ohio workshops. We are pleased to offer reimbursable travel stipends for OCDCA members traveling more than 50 miles one way for these trainings.

Join us April 11, 2017 in Hamilton or May 18, 2017 in Zanesville. More information here.

 

2017 Membership Meetings
Please join Ohio CDC Association for industry updates and networking. We want to hear your thoughts on your successes, challenges, and ideas!

New this year, we will also focus on a specific community development tactic at each meeting: affordable housing; community economic development; financial empowerment; food access; and community engagement.

Choose either the location or the topic that speaks to you most! More information about these five events is available here.

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Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership looking to tackle hunger issues

By Dan Marcel and Tyler Trill of WKBN 27:

(OCDCA member) Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership plans to hold a series of meetings to discuss local access to food — the first took place Saturday morning.

The meeting covered hunger and access, as topics ranged from food pantries and other programs to eating patterns.

Cassandra Clevenger is the program manager of TNP’s Grow program, which partners with organizations and community members to increase access to healthy, affordable and locally-grown foods.

“We have an idea of what’s going on in the city and people are having problems with access,” Clevenger said. “But we need to know to what extent that is occurring.”

Read and watch more here!

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Who are your creative placemaking partners?

Join Ohio CDC Association, Ohio Citizens for the Arts and other partners for Creative Placemaking Ohio, April 11 in Hamilton & May 18 in Zanesville.

We all know that, when done right, creative placemaking can foster collective community revitalization by uniting partners from a multitude of sectors to enact community change. Across Ohio, groups are already working on this and you can join in! Meet these new allies at one of the Creative Placemaking Ohio workshops.

There will be a healthy mix of community development practitioners, arts organizations, and artists.

The day will entail:

  • Primers on creative placemaking
  • Project tours
  • Ample conversation to break down pre-conceived notions on creative placemaking
  • Tangible problem solving to practice what you learn
  • Networking with cross-sector peers and subject experts

 

Creative Placemaking Ohio – Hamilton
Fitton Center for Creative Arts
101 S. Monument Avenue
Hamilton, OH 45011
April 11, 2017
9:30am – 3:30pm
Register Here!

 

Creative Placemaking Ohio – Zanesville
Seilers’ Studio and Gallery
129 S. 7th Street
Zanesville, OH 43701
May 18, 2017
9:30am – 3:30pm
Register Here!

Free to attend. Lunch is provided. Reimbursable travel scholarships are available to those traveling more than 50 miles one way.

Agenda

Time Activity
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Registration, Coffee, & Networking
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Creative Placemaking, Community Development, and Art Overview
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Tours
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Stereotype Conversation
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Conversation on Community Engagement & Equity
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Real World Exercise Case Study
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Recap & Resources

The Creative Placemaking Ohio Project is a collaboration funded by the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations and Americans for the Arts.Together we can strengthen the places we call home.

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Brand new rural technical assistance opportunity

 

We want to pass this on. It’s a great resource for rural communities.

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.

Questions? Contact Paul DeManche at rta AT nalcab.org or (210) 227-1010.

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Scholarships available for social impact investing training

OCDCA is pleased to announce the next round of capacity building scholarships for our members to attend the Tony Wells Foundation’s three day executive leadership training course April 18 – 20, 2017.

A brief sample of this training was provided at the 2016 OCDCA Annual Conference last October during the Social Impact Investing workshop.

View the course flyer.

This training is designed to help nonprofit leaders expand their thinking beyond their own resource constraints as they work to solve social problems and focus on several topics, including:

  • Social enterprise,
  • Impact investing,
  • Strategic collaboration,
  • Sustainability,
  • Creative problem solving to help you expand your impact.

Scholarship awards will cover 85% of the course tuition, reducing the cost to just $300 per staff member. Scholarships are competitive as quantities are limited, and a small amount are reserved for rural organizations through the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) project.

Early application is strongly encouraged.

Apply by March 31.

 

Please direct any questions to Patrick Westerlund at pwesterlund AT trwellsfoundation.org.

We hope you, our members, take advantage of this opportunity!

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Join us for the Ohio Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices

If your organization has an existing microbusiness development program or if you want to learn more about microbusiness development in Ohio, don’t miss this summit!

 

2017 Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices
April 3, 2017  /  9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
100 E. Broad Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Register Here!
Free to attend. Lunch will be provided.

 

The 2017 Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices will allow participants to share ideas about resources and strategies to bolster the effectiveness of their microbusiness program.

It will feature networking opportunities and panel discussions about best practices for microbusiness development programs, including using data and research program growth and marketing, negotiation and mediation, as well as an update on services available from the small business development centers.

Agenda

9:30 – 10:30:  Registration, Coffee, & Networking

10:30 – 12:00:  Presentation & Discussion: Data and Research for Program Growth

12:00 – 1:00:  Lunch & Networking

1:00 – 2:30:  Presentation & Discussion: Negotiation and Mediation

2:30 – 3:00:  Brief update from SBDC about their programs and services for microentrepreneurs

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Come learn and share with us at a member meeting

Please join Ohio CDC Association for industry updates and networking. We want to hear your thoughts on your successes, challenges, and ideas!

New this year, we will also focus on a specific community development tactic at each meeting: affordable housing; community economic development; financial empowerment; food access; and community engagement.

Choose either the location or the topic that speaks to you most!

Southeast Ohio 
Theme: Food Access
ACEnet
94 Columbus Road
Athens, OH 45701
April 19, 2017   /   10 AM – 12 PM
Central Ohio 
Theme: Financial Empowerment
ECDI
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
June 14, 2017   /   10 AM – 12 PM
Southwest Ohio 
Theme: Community Economic Development
Price Hill Will
3724 St. Lawrence Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45205
July 12, 2017   /   10 AM – 12 PM
Northeast Ohio 
Theme: Affordable Housing
Details being finalized…
 
 
Northwest Ohio 
Theme: Community Engagement
Details being finalized…

We hope to see you at one or more membership meeting. As a reminder, you do not have to be a member of the Ohio CDC Association to attend these meetings.

We welcome all community development and community-based organizations, local governments, public officials, and more!

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.

2017 Membership Meetings proudly sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

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Trumbull group boasts successful year with Warren revitalization

By WKBN’s Christina Mullen:

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) makes strides every year in revitalizing the city of Warren and this past year proved to be a successful one, especially with a new program that created jobs in the city.

Through grant funds TNP was able to hire workers to help with their Building a Better Warren program, creating eight full-time positions.

The new positions are designed to train workers to help with renovating properties and prepping structures for demolition.

“Going in and harvesting, salvaging all the materials that are useful. Doing greening insulation after a demolition and doing the maintenance that comes with owning a lot of vacant lots, mowing, trimming, whatever else,” said Matt Martin, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.

Experienced contractors will be training the new hires.

Get the full story here!

 

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What’s happening? Nonprofit Advocacy Tips & Federal Budget

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

Community Development Programs Threatened
The Trump administration is primed to put forward a FY2018 budget proposal that would dramatically increase military spending and decrease funding for programs for social uplift. The annual discretionary budget currently and consistently funds the military more than all other domestic discretionary programs combined. The funding for community development and many other social services is under attack.
Contact Congress today and tell them to protect the federal spending needed to ensure families and communities can thrive. And sign your organization onto a letter by advocates calling on Congress to protect vital programs.
Severe budget cuts will largely fall on critical safety net and other essential programs that help develop a healthy and civil society. Programs that are already facing devastating cuts in the upcoming budget year because of the very low spending caps required by law.

Please sign your organization on today. The deadline is March 3rd.

Domestic Spending Already at Historic Lows

Read the rest of the newsletter here!

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