Join Ohio CDC Association at its 34th annual conference October 3-5 as we explore the Arch City and celebrate our industry's culture of collaboration!
Local Tours
  • South Side: Rebirth of a Legacy Neighborhood
  • Global Meets Local
  • Exploring the West Side of Columbus
  • A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: Weinland Park and Milo Grogan
  • Helping Restored Citizens Adjust
  • How to Effectively Advocate to Your State Legislators
  • How Technology Can Build Resilient Communities 
  • Principles for Equitable Civic Engagement: Building Authentic and Inclusive Relationships with Diverse Communities
  • Innovative Practices in Affordable Housing
  • Recovering Community: Strategies for Coping with the Opioid Crisis
  • Mitigating Unintended Consequences of Community Development
  • Navigating Cultural Barriers with Refugees & Immigrants
  • Columbus Public-Private Partnerships in Action: The Process
2017 Annual Conference Reception at the Secor Building in Toledo
Plus, the member awards breakfast, an evening reception and the annual business meeting

Join us for a Wednesday pre-conference session: Young & Emerging Professionals Networking Panel. Get to know what a career in community development can look like, and get to know the young and emerging professionals looking to create a career in community development!
Keynote Speaker

Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, environmental justice advocate, environmentalist, and film consultant. She is the founder of the premiere advocacy organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. She was also the first Gullah/Geechee person to speak on behalf of her people before the United Nations in Genevé, Switzerland.

In 2008, she was recorded at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France at a United Nations Conference in order to have the human rights story of the Gullah/Geechee people archived for the United Nations. In 2009, she was invited by the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations to come and present before the newly founded "Minority Forum" as a representative of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities (IHRAAM) which is an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations. Queen Quet is a directorate member for IHRAAM and for the International Commission on Human Rights. She represented these bodies and the Gullah/ Geechee Nation at the "United Nations Forum on Minority Rights."

Queen Quet's accolades include the Jean Laney Folk Heritage Award for Gullah Advocacy from the state of South Carolina, the inaugural "Living Legacy Award" from the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH), the inaugural MaVynee Betsch Conservation Award, the National Black Herstory Award, and the Oceans Hero Award. She received the "Preserving Our Places in History Lifetime Achievement Award" from the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission.
Join us at the Friday Morning Member Awards Breakfast. Who is the CDC of the year? What is the CDC project of the year? Find out on Friday, October 5th. You still have time to nominate a someone for these awards. Nominate by August 3rd.
Hotel & Registration Info

Join us at the historic (and haunted) Westin Great Southern Columbus.

The Westin Great Southern Columbus
310 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 228-3800

Rate: $139-$159/night until September 17
Book online!

Early-Bird Conference Rates until August 31
Members: $190
Non-Members: $240
Keynote Luncheon Only: $50
Students & Non-OCDCA AmeriCorps: $100
Students & Young Professionals - apply for a registration scholarship

Members - Additional Staff: $110
Non-Members - Additional Staff: $135
Click here to register.

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