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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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Computer Data Service
Sponsor Level: Silver

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Mutual of America
Sponsor Level: Silver

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Applied Energy Products and Sales
Sponsor Level: Silver

Applied Energy Products & Sales sells all weatherization materials needed for the HWAP program and all CFLs for the utility programs.




Wichert Insurance & Selective Insurance
Sponsor Level: Silver

You make the world a better place by doing more with less. It’s a concept non-profits know all too well. Wichert insures more Community Action Agencies in the State of Ohio than any independent agency. Because we understand your industry, we know that the right amount of coverage is important. We work hard to help you efficiently and effectively protect your resources. Our unique geographical footprint allows for a centralized platform with an end goal in mind: to better serve you. We look forward to partnering with you in 2017 and beyond.

Are you interested in meeting with over 250 Community Action professionals during our conference? Become a sponsor or exhibitor today!

Tentative Agenda

Updated 11/15/2018

Wednesday, January 30th

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 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

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 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 Homelessness, Frontline Service
Fiscal/HR Track Avoid Audit Findings: Could Good Internal Controls be the Answer?, 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 and Children’s Health
 Fiscal/HR Track Financial Reporting, Acquisition of Facilities, and Investment Related Issues for CAAs, ZPLC 
 Communications/PR Track Visual Storytelling, Missouri CAN
Core Essentials Track Best Practices for Compliance with Tripartite Board Requirements, Julia Wise/Highland County CAC
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 Transforming Harmful Narratives
 Fiscal/HR Track Understanding & Effectively Dealing with Employee Substance Abuse, Scott Warrick
 Communications/PR Track Social Media 101, Belle Communications
 Core Essentials Track Creating a Culture of Excellence and Execution, Scott Gray
 Break 3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
 Workshops 3:25 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hot Topics Track Focus Group
 Fiscal/HR Track COS, Cat 8: Be Prepared for Monitoring, Terry Edwards, OCS
 Communications/PR Track Social Media Advanced
 Core Essentials Track 7 Key Findings About What Employees Say Drives Performance and Engagement, Scott Gray
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Friday, February 1st

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 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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This conference is supported in whole or in part through a grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency.