10 reasons why you should become a member of OCDCA

In which we attempt a listicle:

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? Maybe. Do you do community development?

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. For a look at our starting point, please see our video, If We Can, So Can You. We help create a unified voice for the variety of neighborhood revitalization and community development efforts in Ohio.

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2. Free Money!

Over $4,700 in scholarships to non-OCDCA community development trainings were already offered in 2015, 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.

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3. 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 periodic newsletter: Funding Opps. For a sample copy, please email Lisa Much, lmuch@ohiocdc.org.

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4. 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. For those that do require a fee, members have discounted rates. To find out what’s coming up next, click here!

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5. 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?

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6. Severe discount for full access to GrantStation

Members pay $75 for a yearly subscription instead of the regular $699 cost. Also, we help you learn how to use it.

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7.  Access to the AmeriCorps VISTA, IDA and microbusiness network 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.

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8. A united voice at the state level

Whether advocating for more funding for nonprofit housing developers (which we just helped secure in Ohio) or pushing for the implementation of the Neighborhood Infrastructure Assistance Program (NIAP), which would provide tax credits to for-profit entities that invest in place-based projects, we utilize our downtown Columbus presence to talk to the policy makers on behalf of two-hundred plus organizations along with our partners. Join this strong voice so your concerns are heard. Many are louder than one.

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9. Technical assistance in pretty much anything

Microbusiness development, financial education, housing, economic 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).

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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 31st year, the OCDCA conference takes pride in changing the host city each year. Featuring diverse workshops, ample networking time, four neighborhood tours, expert featured speakers, and award ceremonies, the CDC conference promotes idea sharing and collaboration for all people working to improve communities throughout Ohio.

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Have we convinced you yet? If you are still unsure about the value of an OCDCA membership, check out the other benefits here. If you become a member and mention this post, you will be entered into a raffle to win a free OCDCA Annual Conference registration in Kent October 1-2, 2015.

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 residents and believe you are doing that. Let’s work together.

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