Check out the great and diverse line-up we have in store for the 31st Annual Conference, Igniting Collaborative Innovation in the Greater Akron Area.
Workshop Session I – Oct. 1, 9:30am – 11am
Show Me the Money: Traditional and Non-Traditional Sources of Funding
Patricia Ramsey, Vice President and Community and Economic Development Manager,
Fifth Third Bank NE Ohio
Patricia Garry, Executive Director, CDC Association of Greater Cincinnati
Community Development Corporations are under pressure now more than ever to fund the significantly important services they provide for the community. While some CDC’s rely upon traditional sources of capital, such as government grants and contracts, tax credits, and financial institutions, exploring new sources of capital is essential for adapting to the changing economic climate. Funding sources such as alternative lenders, crowdfunding, and innovative fundraising are becoming increasingly important for community development’s sustainability. Join us to hear real life case studies about how CDC’s use 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
Bill LaFayette, Owner, Regionomics, LLC
Larry Fisher, Director, ACEnet, Inc.
This workshop will give you an overview of how localist and regionalist economic development strategies can impact your local economy. It will cover everything from identifying strengths and opportunities at the macro level, to developing and implementing innovative organizational strategies to affect positive changes in your community. Experienced professionals Bill LaFayette and Larry Fisher will provide insights on how to translate economic trends into local action.
Akron’s Innovative Collaborations
Jason Segedy, Director, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study
Tina Ughrin, Partner, Smile Minded Smartworks, LLC
Traci Buckner, Director of Specialty Programs, Akron Public Schools
Kyle Julien, Director of Urban Planning, East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp.
Kyle Kutuchief, Akron Program Director, Knight Foundation
Akron is known as the City of Invention for good reason. The cross-sector collaborations coming from the city are making headlines. This workshop will follow both a presentation and facilitated Q & A format with Akron professionals from a variety of sectors to discuss innovative community-bolstering collaborations, including the Better Block program and Open Streets project.
Neighborhood Tours – Oct. 1, 2pm – 5pm
Downtown Kent Walking Tour
The City of Kent has undergone a revitalization effort in the last seven years that has transformed the community’s downtown. Vacant buildings, deteriorated roads and narrow sidewalks have been replaced by more than 250,000 square feet of new mixed-use space, pedestrian friendly walkways and inviting public gathering spaces. Walking tour participants will receive a packet of “before” photos to review as they visit the various stops along the tour. The tour will include a detailed explanation of how the multi-faceted redevelopment plan became a reality through the establishment of a true public-private collaborative effort among multiple stakeholders and the structuring of a deal that involved more than a dozen different financial resources.
Akron Economic Development Tour
The City of Akron’s former Deputy Mayor and historian Dave Lieberth will lead the afternoon tour through Akron’s economic development sites, including views of Goodyear’s new world headquarters and Bridgestone’s Akron Technical Center. The City of Akron was a state leader in establishing Joint Economic Development Districts, land banking, a BioMedical Corridor, and industrial parks. See the development of the former BF Goodrich factories, the renewal of more than 50 historic structures, and how the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath provides a direct route from Downtown Akron to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Akron Housing Development Tour
The Akron housing development tour will feature stops at affordable housing developments such as Village of New Seasons, Cascade Village North, and the Commons of Madeline Park. Cascade Village is home to people of all incomes and backgrounds and was formerly the Elizabeth Park low-income housing development. The Village at New Seasons is a multi family affordable housing property. The Commons at Madaline Park offers 60 units of one bedroom Permanent Supportive Housing for low-income, disabled, and formerly homeless individuals in the Akron area. Learn how local organizations developed partnerships with tax credit syndicators such as Ohio Captial Corporation for Housing to create pathways for resident success through the cornerstone of stable housing and community engagement. Tour sponsored by Citizens Bank.
Hattie Larlham Social Enterprise Tour
Interested in learning about social enterprise? This tour is for you! Hattie Larlham has had success in the realm of social enterprise and will provide insights on developing successful social enterprises. With stops at four of their social enterprises including the Yale Group Home, Twinsburg Constant Companions, Twinsburg Doggy Daycare, and Old Trail Garden, you will learn about the process of launching social enterprises to support your organization’s mission.
Workshop Session II – Oct. 2, 10am – 11:15am
Community Organizing and Neighborhood Leadership
Terry Glazer, CEO, United North
Aundrey Somerville, Outreach Director, Neighborhood Leadership Institute Summit County
Join Terry Glazer and Aundrey Somerville, who will both talk about the impact of community organizing and developing neighborhood leadership. Terry has been involved with the ONE Village Council (OVC), which strengthens the neighborhood socially, economically and politically by serving as a power base of residents who work together to effect change for the good of ONE Village. Aundrey works with the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County, which trains residents in Summit County’s diverse communities to improve quality of life through grassroots collective engagement, advocacy and action. It is not unusual for there to be challenges for incorporating direct-action community organizing as part of the comprehensive revitalization strategy of a community development corporation, so come learn from Terry and Aundrey!
The Power of Using Data
Michael Schramm, Director of IT and Research, Cuyahoga County Land Bank
Patrick Bravo, Executive Director, Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation
Jennifer Toles, Organizer, Neighborhood Leadership Institute Summit County
Summit County and Cuyahoga County are known for their land bank systems and both saw the importance of collecting data and doing research on housing. They used that information as a source for overcoming the hurdle of improving blighted and abandoned properties and becoming a successful land bank provider. This endeavor now cultivates these homes into valuable assets for the communities in which these properties are located. This workshop will provide you with 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. Join us if you want to be an expert in your community about how to use data to manage housing problems in your community!
Innovative Residential Rehabilitation Models in an Era of Subsidy Scarcity
Chris Alvarado, Executive Director, Slavic Village Development Corporation
Bob Kelly, Vice President, Forest City Enterprises
Brian Higgins, Principal, Arch City Development
Communities across Ohio and the Midwest are faced with an overwhelming amount of vacant homes from the fallout of the foreclosure and broader economic crisis. Gone are the days of the Neighborhood Stabilization Programs (NSP) while a dearth of local, state and federal resources have hit a new normal. How do you rehabilitate viable homes without subsidy? The panelists will share their experiences of how to bring homes back to productive use with little to no public resources through innovative partnerships. Chris Alvarado of Slavic Village Development Corporation and Bob Kelly of Forest City Enterprises will discuss the successes and challenges of the Slavic Village Recovery project that is revitalizing a hard hit neighborhood in Cleveland through rehabilitation and home ownership. Brian Higgins of Arch City Development will present his model partnering with Columbus CDCs to rehabilitate and rent vacant, blighted homes.
Workshop Session III – Oct. 2, 11:30am – 12:45pm
Rebuilding and Redeveloping Community Assets
Patrick Bravo, Executive Director, Summit County Land Bank
Rochelle Sibbio, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Summit County
Sam Rubens, Assistant Environmental Health Director, Summit County Health Department
Joe Stefan, Planning Director, City of Barberton
How do you utilize local land banks and community partners to acquire properties that are vacant, abandoned or blighted? What resources are available for de-construction of a property and what benefits are realized through de-construction? This workshop will discuss how to return vacant land and houses into a productive use in your community.
Community Development and the Local Food Economy: Urban and Rural Perspective
Mark Barbash, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Finance Fund
Mansfield Frazier, Executive Director, Neighborhood Solutions, Inc.
Tom Redfern, Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Rural Action, Inc.
Community organizations have been turning increasingly to the connection between community development and the local food economy to redevelop neighborhoods and create sustainable economic opportunities. Diverse examples abound across urban and rural Ohio. Join three veteran practitioners as they discuss their innovative programs. Mark Barbash will introduce the Finance Fund’s new Healthy Foods Financing Initiative funded in the state’s most recent budget. Rural Action practices asset based community development and Tom Redfern will share how they make local food production an economic driver through the Chesterhill Produce Auction, farm to school programming, and peer to peer education. The Hough neighborhood in Cleveland is home to Mansfield Frazier of Neighborhood Solutions, Inc. who has connected their vineyard, winery and bio cellar to employment for formerly incarcerated persons.
Burning Up: How Community Development and Health Intertwine
Brian Friedman, Executive Director, Northeast Shores Development Corporation
Cathy Vue, Assistant Manager, Asian Services in Action, Inc.
Lisa Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank Cleveland
Angela Mingo, Community Relations Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
It is no secret by now that life expectency is greatly influenced by zip code. There are clear links between health and community development, and the nation is noticing. This workshop will illustrate some ways Ohio community development organizations and their partners are addressing the health of their neighborhoods, from housing and food access to art.