Call for nominations – 2016 OCDCA member awards

OCDCA is issuing a call for nominations for the annual Ohio CDC Association member awards.

These awards recognize CDCs, their staff and volunteers, projects, partners and advocates who have made exemplary contributions to the community development field.

Celebrate the individuals and organizations that are helping to stabilize, restore and invigorate communities in Ohio!

Winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual Conference at the Member Awards Reception on Thursday, October 13th in Athens.

Nominate someone here.

Ned D. Neuhausel Award
In honor of Ned Neuhausel, long-time leader in Ottawa County’s disability support system and Executive Director of Ottawa Residential Services, Inc. Nominate one person who has played a key role in providing affordable housing for vulnerable people and been a strong advocate on their behalf.

Stephanie J. Bevens Award
The award honors Stephanie Bevens, a long-time OCDCA Board Member, an innovative director of microenterprise programs at Pike County Community Action, and a tireless advocate on behalf of low-income entrepreneurs. Nominate a CDC staff member with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong advocate on behalf of low- to-moderate income people.

CDC Project of the Year
This award gives recognition to an outstanding CDC project related to affordable housing, community economic development, community engagement, financial empowerment or food access.

CDC Staff Member of the Year
Nominate an outstanding staff member, full or part-time who has made the work of the CDC a success.

CDC Community Leader of the Year
Recognize an outstanding community leader (CDC Board Member, volunteer, etc.) who has provided leadership or other major contributions to a CDC.

Community Development Partner of the Year
The nomination may be a special non-profit or faith-based organization, individual, business, financial institution, foundation, intermediary, government agency or other entity that has provided support to a CDC.

CDC of the Year
Nominate a CDC that has done outstanding work this year.

New Award for 2016! CDC Rising Star
Nominate an outstanding staff member, volunteer, or advocate, who is under 30, who is making a big impact in community development.



Only CDC members, which includes staff, board and projects may be nominated, except in the case of the Partner of the Year, where a nominee does not have to be a member but must be a partner of a current CDC member. View the current list of OCDCA members.

Winners will be selected by an impartial Awards Committee. You may nominate yourself or your organization. Nominate someone here by August 10.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at or (614) 461-6392 ext. 211.

The 2016 OCDCA Member Awards are sponsored by Chase Bank.


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