Who should attend?

Over 250 Community Action professionals, elected officials, OCA staff, vendors, partners, and more will attend for the 2019 Winter Legislative Conference. Join us beginning January 30th through February 1, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio for this annual conference!

Workshop tracks include: Hot Topics, Fiscal/HR, Communications/PR, and Core Essentials. Attendees will including Executive Directors, program directors, senior staff members, Planners, board members, community outreach, communications and public relations staff, fiscal staff, human resources staff, and more.

Core Essentials: This track includes workshops that cover common workplace topics to provide an understanding or refresher for senior or entry-level staff. Workshops such as diversity, emotional intelligence, and Bridges Out of Poverty have been offered as part of the Foundation Level Seminar Series as core essential workshops.


Communications/PR: This track includes workshops covering basic and advanced level public relations and communications topics to build capacity, enhance best practices, and research tools for community and internal outreach. Past workshops have included branding, social media, crisis communications, and more.


Fiscal/Human Resources: For many of our member agencies, Fiscal and Human Resources responsibilities are the responsibility of the same staff member and/or have a significant crossover, thus the motivation for combining the areas. This track includes workshops covering pressing issues currently impacting both departments throughout the network. Previous workshops include UGG Regulation changes, Financial Reporting changes, Risk Management, DOL changes, Exempt vs. Nonexempt, and more.


Hot Topics: This track includes workshops that address high profile and immediately relevant issues that many Ohio communities are working to combat. Previous workshops included the opioid crisis, mental health, human trafficking, addiction and more.


Sheraton on Capitol Square
75 E. State Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Limited Conference Room Rate: Single or Double, $142/night
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Early Bird registration ends 12/14/2018! Register now


Tentative Agenda

Updated 10/23/2018

Wednesday, January 30th
 Registration Opens: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
 Legislative Visits: Pre-arranged by agencies 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 Plenary Session: Two American Families 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 Plenary Session: TBA 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 Plenary Session: ODSA, Office of Community Assistance 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 Break 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
 District Meetings 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Legislative Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 31st

 Workshops10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

 Registration Opens: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Breakfast, Featured Speaker TBA 7:50 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
 Workshops 8:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Hot Topics Track Housing and Mental Health, Frontline Service
Fiscal/HR Track New Audit Rules, ZPLC
Communications/PR Track How To Take Better Photos, Missouri CAN
Core Essentials Proper Case Management Notes, Laurice Kennedy-Brown/CEOGC
 Workshops 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hot Topics Track Food Insecurities
 Fiscal/HR Track TBA
 Communications/PR Track Visual Storytelling, Missouri CAN
Core Essentials Track TBA
Exemplary Program Awards
Featured Speaker TBA
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 Workshops 1:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Hot Topics Track TBA
 Fiscal/HR Track TBA
 Communications/PR Track Advocacy: From Scheduling to Follow Up
 Core Essentials Track TBA
 Break 3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
 Workshops 3:25 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hot Topics Track Implicit Bias
 Fiscal/HR Track TBA
 Communications/PR Track Social Media
 Core Essentials Track TBA
Explore Columbus!
Friday, February 1st
 Breakfast 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
 Membership Meeting 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
 Legislative Update with David Bradley 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 


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Non-Members Rate

  • Early Bird Rate: Non-members who register before December 14, 2018 will receive a discounted registration rate of $300.00. The rate increases to $330.00 after December 14th. Select Full Conference (Non-Member Rate) and the discount will be automatically applied to your registration.
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One-Day Only

Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
  • Can’t attend the entire conference? Select One-Day and join us for the day you’re available at a discounted rate of $135.00.
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This conference is supported in whole or in part through a grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency.