Volume 8, Issue 4 / April 28, 2017
Creative Placemaking Ohio
Ohio CDC Association, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, and our partners are offering the Creative Placemaking Ohio workshops. We all know that, when done right, creative placemaking can foster collective community revitalization by uniting partners from a multitude of sectors to enact community change. Across Ohio, groups are already working on this and you can join in!

Meet these new allies at the remaining Creative Placemaking Ohio workshop.

Event and Date Location Registration
Creative Placemaking Ohio
May 18, 2017
Seilers' Studio and Gallery
129 S. 7th Street
Zanesville, OH 43701
Free to attend.
Lunch will be provided.

Members traveling more than 50 miles one way may receive a reimbursable travel stipend. More information about the event is available here. 

This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA).
"How To" of Real Estate Development
Ohio CDC Association is offering two courses focusing on the "how to" of real estate development. Using a case study approach, participants will learn about the basics of real estate development and how real estate projects are financed.

Event and Date Location Registration
Intro to Real Estate  Development
May 25, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
Chase Building
100 E. Broad St.
6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
$15 Members
$30 Non-Members
Lunch will be provided.

The intro course will cover the basic steps in the real estate development process including site development, feasibility, market analysis, financing, and the top challenges CDCs face when they are looking at  real estate development in their neighborhoods.

Save the date for Advanced Real Estate Development, which will be September 13, 2017.

These workshops are supported by:
Assets Ohio IDA Network Meeting - Save the Date - June 13th
Ohio CDC Association will be offering its first Assets Ohio IDA Network Meeting for 2017. This will be a great opportunity for you to engage in peer networking along with others in our consortium.

Come to find out what is new and more efficient when working with Individual Development Accounts. You will also be afforded methods to troubleshoot common challenges that you may be facing.

Watch for upcoming emails and phone calls from Suzanne Parks who will be seeking feedback from you to help shape the agenda and tailor the session to your needs.

This technical assistance and training event will be provided by Assets for Independence (AFI) via support from Corporation For Enterprise Development (CFED) consultants and content area experts. 

Event and Date Location Registration
IDA Network Meeting
June 13, 2017
9:30 AM - 4 PM
Chase Building
100 E. Broad Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Registration Coming Soon!
Free to attend. 
Lunch on your own.
2017 OCDCA Member Meetings: Your Voice Matters
Please join Ohio CDC Association for industry updates and networking. We want to hear your thoughts on your successes, challenges, and ideas!

New this year, we will also focus on a specific community development tactic at each meeting: affordable housing; community economic development; financial empowerment; food access; and community engagement.

Choose either the location or the topic that speaks to you most!

Event and Date Location Registration
Central Ohio
Theme: Financial Empowerment
June 14, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
1655 Old Leonard Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219

Register Here!
Southwest Ohio
Theme: Community Economic Development
July 12, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
Price Hill Will
3724 St. Lawrence Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45205

Register Here!
Northwest Ohio
Theme: Community Engagement
August 16, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
Nexus Health Care
1415 Jefferson Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604
Register Here!
Northeast Ohio
Theme: Affordable Housing
August 22, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
The Dealership
3558 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
Register Here!

2017 Membership Meetings are proudly supported by:
Nutz & Boltz of IDAs - Save the Date - June 22nd
Who Should Attend?
  • Organizations considering or developing an IDA Program
  • Organizations that have an IDA program but have new hires
  • New IDA subsites
  • IDAs as a Strategy for Asset Building: Why and How do IDAs Work
  • The Building Blocks of Program Design
  • Assessing your Community's Needs: Defining your Target Population
  • Funding Resources and Opportunities Explained
  • IDA Program Management
  • Integration of IDAs into Other Agency Programs
Registration information is coming. We hope to see you there!
Impact Investing Executive Education Program Scholarships Available
This cutting-edge three day course, led by the Tony R. Wells Foundation, enables nonprofit, foundation and social enterprise leaders to leverage the power of social enterprise and social impact investing together to increase impact, improve stability, and grow the sustainability of their organizations. OCDCA will be providing six scholarships to members for the June 13-15, 2017 training. Scholarship recipients will only pay 300 dollars towards the 2,100 dollar course. More details here.
Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity
Save the Date! #cdcOhio17 is in Toledo October 5-6, 2017!
Toledo has a lot of exciting news and collaborations in the community development world! Join us this October at the brand new Renaissance Downtown Toledo Hotel as we explore all of the work going on in the Glass City. Read more here. Follow the excitement on Twitter with #cdcohio17.

Thank you to our sponsors!  If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Nate Coffman or Lisa Much at lmuch@ohiocdc.org .
Member News
Welcome New Member!
The Well CDC in Akron  joins OCDCA as our newest 2017 member. Welcome!
Slavic Village Chosen as Target Neighborhood by Cleveland Chain Reaction Investors
Chain Reaction is an offshoot of the LeBron James/Maverick Carter-produced Cleveland Hustles reality show that was broadcast on CNBC last summer that was responsible for the growth of businesses like Cleveland Bagel and Fount in Detroit Shoreway. Chris Alvarado, executive director of Slavic Village Development said, "As a staff, we work hard to promote the amazing economic development opportunities that are available in Slavic Village. We are very excited to host Cleveland Chain Reaction and will work tirelessly to assist these five new businesses coming into our neighborhood this year." Read more.
Ohio Banks and NCRC Forge Community Agreements
"During the financial crisis, lower-income and minority neighborhoods were the first to be targeted with subprime mortgages. Families would come to WIN and say they were losing their homes, Busch recalls." Read more in Next City about Cincinnati's Working in Neighborhoods, the Community Reinvestment Act, NCRC, and several Ohio banks.
Share Your Stories
We love hearing about the awesome work you do throughout Ohio. If your organization is mentioned in the news, please share it with us. We love photos too! If you send it to Lisa Much , we can put it on our blog and in this newsletter. 
Partner News
Loveland Technologies Releases 3Cs Mapping Project
Loveland is very happy to share the public release of 3csmapping.com, featuring their next generation of city mapping and property dashboards.

The 3Cs project is a partnership with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase to provide community mapping and surveying tools for Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio. It is also a partnership with a growing number of local organizations who are using and contributing to the data.

Get an overview of the project with this video, or visit the site and explore.

Click around the maps to see parcel-level data for cities and neighborhoods, including property ownership, zoning, sale prices, and taxes. Add your own data sets. Changes are made in real-time. 

3Cs: Mapping at the parcel level in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati
3Cs: Mapping at the parcel level in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati

If you live in one of the 3 C's, make sure to check this out. They have eventual goals of expanding throughout the state of Ohio. 
One Ohio Now Study
One Ohio Now released its new report The State of Ohio 2017: A Story Through Statistics that compares Ohio to the nation in important areas such as Health & Home, Education, Economy & Employment, and Inequality. 

The report shows how Ohio has serious challenges that it needs investment to solve - such as the opiate epidemic and pre-K access - and states that will need revenue to make it happen.
County Health Rankings
Find out how healthy your county is with the newly updated County Health Rankings tool from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As these maps reveal, in Ohio, the poorest health outcomes, such as length of life and quality of life, and health factors that drive the health of communities, are concentrated in rural counties in southern Ohio.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
President Trump has declared this week, April 23-29, National Volunteer Week, where we "pay tribute to the extraordinary faith-based, nonprofit, national service, service club, military service, and community organizations that provide volunteers with opportunities to serve." 

In honor of this, we celebrate our AmeriCorps VISTAs and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). 

Unfortunately, the President's proposed skinny budget has called for a total elimination of CNCS. Since his budget reveal on March 16th, he has maintained that sentiment. According to one CNN article:

"It is not a core function of the federal government to promote volunteerism, and therefore, these programs should be eliminated," the Trump administration wrote. "To the extent these activities have value, they should be supported by the private and nonprofit sectors."

This agency, which accounts for .03% of all federal spending, promotes volunteerism throughout the whole country, building communities, helping create jobs, fighting poverty, combating disasters. The program and its peril have been written about many times in the last month, including Time's Money and UPI.

In Ohio, AmeriCorps members raised over 2.7 million in cash and in-kind resources and mobilized 29,807 volunteers in 2015. That's as many volunteers as the population of the city of Kent! In 2016, OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTAs recruited 1,423 volunteers and raised $684,406 in cash and in-kind investments. Nationally, every $1 spent on youth national service results in more than $2 in savings for taxpayers, and that for each $10 in federal money spent on AmeriCorps, $15 more is raised through private partnerships.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a relatively inexpensive agency that does immense amounts of good by all accounts. After service, AmeriCorps members are significantly more likely to go into public service or the nonprofit sector than their non-AmeriCorps counterparts. 

Clearly, CNCS must remain intact. Voices for National Service is an advocacy group dedicated to CNCS and AmeriCorps. OCDCA is a member of Voices for National Service. Join us in asking Congress to protect CNCS, AmeriCorps, and Senior Corps. It only takes two clicks to send your Congressperson this email.

So, please, take a moment to send that email above, maybe call your Congresspeople (we share some tips in the federal news below), and then thank a volunteer. It is still National Volunteer Week after all.
SBA Non-Traditional Business Funding Sources Webinar
Join the SBA next week on May 1 or May 2 for a webinar on Non-Traditional Business Funding Sources. The webinars are from 2-3 pm, and you can access them here. The meeting number is 8888582144 and the access code is 5778184.
Bank of America Outcomes Based Funding Webinar
Outcomes-based funding is an innovative approach that can help us meet this need by growing programs that work.  Paying providers based on long-term results such as ending homelessness or improving health can accelerate social progress more effectively than today's predominant formula of paying for social services according to completed activities, i.e., shelter beds occupied or patients treated. Register here for the May 11 webinar.
OANO's Standards for Excellence Workshops
The Standards for Excellence are intended to describe how the most well managed and responsibly governed organizations should and do operate. During these educational clinics, OANO will address eight guiding principles, along with 58 Standards in nonprofit management.  Areas that are covered include: Mission and Program; Governing Body; Conflict of Interest; Human Resources; Financial and Legal; Public Accountability; Fundraising; and Public Affairs/Public Policy. Join OANO May 16th and 23rd in Toledo or May 18th and 25th in Cleveland.
Year 15: Transition Strategies for Expiring LIHTC Properties
Many Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) properties are reaching the end of the 15 year LIHTC compliance period, and are eligible for sale to their sponsors. Year 10 in the life of a tax credit deal is an ideal time to begin planning and taking action. In this session, Enterprise discusses disposition strategies for the nonprofit sponsor, and review partnership provisions including rights of first refusal, purchase options, exit taxes, and preservation of affordability. They briefly discuss understanding capital accounts, an action plan for preparing for Year 15, and review two hypothetical case studies. Join Enterprise May 17th.
Heritage Ohio Sash Mob
Heritage Ohio is partnering with Marsh Building Products, Marvin Windows and Doors,Habitat for Humanity Cincinnati, and Community Matters to teach window restoration while giving back to the Price Hill neighborhood. Over the course of two days ( register for one day or two) May 20 and 21 you will learn about the basics of window anatomy, freeing up your stuck windows, installing weather stripping, repairing weight ropes and chains, cutting and replacing glass, and reglazing window sash.
People & Places 2017
What's working to advance prosperity in low-income places and communities of color? What strategies are effective in the new political landscape? Five national community development networks are convening People & Places 2017 on May 31-June 2 in Arlington, Virginia (minutes from DC) to share solutions and chart a path forward - the National Urban League, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA), and the Network for Developing Conscious Communities.

View the agenda for this peer-learning event. Topics include: ballot wins across the country and the organizing tactics behind them; local solutions to blight remediation, equitable development and asset growth; and strategies to address federal policies that threaten our communities. Participants will go to Capitol Hill to raise their voices on behalf of the communities they serve. The Early-Bird Discount ends today!
Funding Opportunities
ServeOhio AmeriCorps State Notice of Funding
Unlike OCDCA's AmeriCorps VISTA project, AmeriCorps State members may engage in direct service. Applications for this national service resource are due May 3.
Chevron Community Fund - Harrison & Tuscarawas Counties Only
The Chevron Community Fund was created by the Chevron Appalachian Mountain Business
Unit to direct philanthropic resources to the needs of the communities where the company
operates. Chevron's mission is to create social and economic growth through capacity
building and community investment. Funding is focused primarily on: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Education and Workforce Development. Basic Human Needs may also be considered. Deadline is May 9.
Research & Evaluation, Demonstration, & Data Analysis & Utilization - HUD
The Research and Evaluation, Demonstrations, and Data Analysis and Utilization program (referred to as "HUDRD") is managed by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). More information is available here. Deadline is May 11.
Funding to Help Reduce Energy Costs and Improve Energy Efficiency
The Energy Loan Fund is now accepting applications. The fund helps small businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits, and local governments implement energy efficiency improvements to lower energy use and costs. Eligible applicants receive low-interest financing to install efficiency measures that reduce energy by at least 15 percent. Technical assistance is also available to facilitate the required energy audit for potential applicants. Deadline is May 15.
HUD Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program
To fund technical studies to improve existing methods for detecting and controlling key housing-related health and safety hazards, including lead-based paint hazards; to develop new methods to detect and control these hazards; and to improve our knowledge of these key housing-related health and safety hazards. Deadline is May 16.
JPMorgan Chase Fourth PRO Neighborhoods Competition
JPMorgan Chase & Co has launched the fourth PRO Neighborhoods annual competition.

Thriving neighborhoods are critical to the long-term economic success of individuals, communities, and cities. At a time when economic growth is often directed toward reviving commercial corridors and downtowns, many neighborhoods, families and small business owners are being left behind. Every city faces its own set of challenges and needs its own comprehensive strategy for economic growth that ensures opportunities to prosper are extended to distressed neighborhoods and the families that live there.

We know that many neighborhood quality issues are among the biggest drivers of racial and gender income and wealth inequality, and leaving these issues unaddressed is a missed economic opportunity for the entire region. That's why in 2017 PRO Neighborhoods will continue to support innovative strategies by local community development finance institutions that combine balance sheets, talent and technology to advance economic opportunity in distressed neighborhoods. Deadline is May 16. 
U.S. Bank Foundation Community Possible
Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. Grants in their work pillar are accepted until May 31. This includes workforce education and economic prosperity.
Rural Technical Assistance Opportunity
The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Antonio, TX who recently received a HUD grant to deliver project-based and organizational technical assistance (TA) and capacity building services, and loans to affordable housing and community development projects, in rural communities in 12 states.

Government, tribal, and non-profit affordable housing providers, and community and economic development entities in rural areas of Ohio are eligible for this TA. More information here.
Employment Opportunities
OSU East Hospital, Columbus, is hiring a Community Development Admin. (Search for the position at this link).

View more employment opportunities on our website.  Organizations with employment opportunities in community development may send their notices for free posting to Lisa Much.
State News
Ohio House Plan Bolsters Housing Trust Fund
Supporters of the Home Matters to Ohio campaign on Tuesday praised leaders of the Ohio House for including a proposal to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in the substitute budget bill (H.B. 49).

The Ohio Housing Trust Fund is the primary source of state funding to fight homelessness and expand access to safe, decent homes for Ohio's most vulnerable. Revenue flowing into the Trust Fund has declined substantially in recent years, at the same time a growing body of research shows safe, decent homes improve health outcomes, raise children's academic performance, and facilitate recovery and stability for people recovering from addiction.
The Home Matters to Ohio campaign was organized by several Ohio-based organizations, including: the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; Enterprise Community Partners; Habitat for Humanity of Ohio; LISC; Ohio CDC Association; National Church Residences; NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio; Finance Fund; Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing; Homeport; and WSOS Community Action.

This Home Matters to Ohio brochure and Economic Impact Report contain more information about the impact and effectiveness of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund.

If you haven't already, please take a moment to have your organization support the Home Matters to Ohio campaign by signing this NEW Statement of Support. If you have any questions please contact Nate Coffman at 614-461-6392 x 207 or ncoffman@ohiocdc.org
Federal News
Protect CDBG and HOME
The President's proposed budget has called for eliminating both the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investments Partnership (HOME) programs. Because of this, it is essential that our members of Congress hear from all of us why we must not only keep, but expand these programs. The Canton Repository's editorial board wrote strongly in support of CDBG; The New York Times reported on the value of HOME and other programs to Ohio communities that voted for President Trump; and American Banker reported on the critical need to maintain these programs.  

To help tell the story of CDBG and HOME in Ohio, we've created flyers for each of the programs. View the CDBG flyer and HOME flyer. You can use these flyers when talking about these programs. The flyers are editable PDFs that allow you to enter your organization's contact information on the back. 

We realize advocacy is not easy for everyone, but it only takes 30 seconds to make a call! To prove how easy it is, check out this video of Nate calling Senator Portman's office:

Calling your Congressperson is Easy
Calling your Congressperson is Easy

US House of Representatives - Click here to contact your representative.

US Senator Rob Portman - Click here to contact Senator Portman.

US Senator Sherrod Brown - Click here to contact Senator Brown.

Ohio Congressional Profiles - Click here for detailed profiles on each Ohio congressperson.

Community Development/Housing Staff - Click here for list of House and Senate staff.

Town Halls in Your Community - Check out the Town Hall Project to see if your lawmakers are holding town hall meetings. 

If you want to keep the conversation going on social media, please use the hashtags #CDBG and #HOME. Share pictures and stories of projects you've done with these funds. Find us on Facebook (we'll share your posts!) and follow us on Twitter at @OhioCDC and  @NateTCoffman.

Thank you for your advocacy!
Corporation for National & Community Service Advocacy
Voices for National Service is an advocacy group dedicated to Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps. OCDCA is a member of Voices for National Service. Join us in asking Congress to protect CNCS, AmeriCorps, and Senior Corps. It only takes two clicks to send your Congressperson this email.

More information about CNCS, it's value, and it's position in the federal budget is in the AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight section above.
How Fast Food Cornered the Urban Market
Supersizing Urban America explores how the federal government helped fast food franchises expand into cities by backing small business loans in the late 1960s. It cites a statistic that by 1996, the federal government had nearly one billion in 600 franchises of 52 fast food companies.
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