OCDCA Conference Workshops – Post NSP Developments, Localism, & Health

Each year, we strive to offer a diverse array of trainings at our annual conference. This year, naturally, is no different. Check out what we have in store at the Greater Akron Area conference Igniting Collaborative Innovation in Kent on October 1-2:


Thursday, October 1, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Show Me the Money: Traditional and Non-Traditional Sources of Funding

Join us to hear real life case studies about how CDC’s used traditional and non-traditional funding sources for success in the areas of small business, housing and community development within the CDC environment.

The Big Picture: Localism and Regionalism in Community Development

Featured presenter: Bill LaFayette, Owner of Regionomics, LLC

Akron’s Innovative Collaborations

Akron is known as the City of Invention for good reason. The cross-sector collaborations coming from the city are making headlines. Chat with Akron professionals on their innovative community-bolstering collaborations, including the Better Block program and Open Streets project.


Friday, October 2, 10:00 am – 11:15 am

The Power of Using Data

Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are nationally known for its land bank system, which saw the importance of collecting data and doing research on housing. Come learn strategies on where and how to gather important information you will need to lead your community in beating the war on vacant and abandoned properties in your communities.

Community Organizing and Neighborhood Leadership

Community engagement and mobilization have evolved over the years, but still remains crucial to many CDC activities. Hear the best practices and insights from some of our network’s seasoned organizers.

Innovative Residential Rehabilitation Models: Development in an Era of Subsidy Scarcity 

Well researched and documented, Slavic Village Recovery is leading the way in developments in a Post-NSP world. Join us to learn their strategy, how to apply, and other ways to tackle affordable housing in a world of scarcity.


Friday, October 2, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Community Development and the Local Food Economy: An Urban and Rural Perspective

Featured presenter: Mansfield Frazier, Executive Director, Neighborhood Solutions, Inc. & TEDxCLE Speaker

Re-Building and Re-Developing Community Assets

Join us to examine the best ways to return vacant land and houses into a productive use for your community.

Burning Up: How Community Development and Health Intertwine

It is no secret by now that life expectancy is greatly influenced by zip code. There are clear links between health and community development, and the nation is noticing. Learn what’s happening all over Ohio in this arena.  


What are you waiting for? The early-bird only lasts until September 8th, so register today!


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