This past spring, Ohio CDC Association awarded six staff members at OCDCA member organizations scholarships to the National Development Council Academy in Washington DC. The four recipients learned a lot and met with development professionals from around the country. Below is a lovely letter we recently received from one of the recipients, Ashleigh, the Project Manager at Over-the-Rhine Community Housing in Cincinnati:
I wanted to write to express how grateful I am to the Ohio CDC Association for the full tuition scholarship for the National Development Academy in Washington, DC in May. It was a great experience. It was an excellent opportunity to network with other professionals in the community development field from across the country. It was also a wonderful opportunity to become more informed and involved in the politics behind what we do. I was also able to visit some of our Senators and Congressman to talk with them about how important affordable housing and community development is to our state and that we need to protect the many funding programs that enable CDC’s to do such great work such as HOME funding, new market tax credit funding, and low-income housing tax credits. Attached is a photo of most of the Ohio attendees to the Academy with Senator Sherrod Brown’s top aide (he is the gentleman on the right). The Senator did come out and talk to us, but did not have time for a photo. I am also a certified housing development finance professional through NDC so this Academy satisfied 3 years of continuing education for that certification for me. Again, thank you very much for the scholarship.
Stay tuned for more scholarship opportunities from the Ohio CDC Association!