From Blight to Dy-No-Mite: Community-Wide Investment to Redevelop Blighted Areas – Part 1

Wednesday, November 7: 1:45pm – 3:00pm

Attendees will visit the nearby city of Whitehall to learn of their redevelopment plans, and of OHFA's impact on affordable housing in the area. The tour will stop at the new market-rate complex of Norton Crossing, which will include retail and living space, and at Ashford on Broad; and will include a drive through one of the many Ohio neighborhoods that benefited from Hardest Hit Funds.

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Holly Swisher, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Holly Swisher, Certified Fraud Examiner, after spending 15 years in the private financial sector, most recently as a customer service and fraud manager, joined OHFA in 2013 to oversee compliance for the Hardest Hit Fund. Currently, she manages one of the top performing HHF programs in the country overseeing Ohio's Save the Dream and Neighborhood Initiative Programs.


Hope Kingsborough, Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (COCIC)
As the Director of Programs and Property Management for the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (COCIC) -The Franklin County Land Bank, Hope is responsible for the oversight of COCIC's property portfolio and administers programs addressing blighted, tax delinquent properties. She has been instrumental in creating programs to support housing stabilization efforts in Franklin County and currently administers a Neighborhood Initiative Program provided by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Prior to her work in Columbus, Hope administered multiple programs across several counties in Northwest Ohio for WSOS Community Action, Inc. where she provided oversight for affordable housing rehab and repair programs, homebuyer education programs, and housing revitalization programs. In partnership with the City of Columbus and Franklin County, Hope is currently contributing to the creation of the Central Ohio Community Land Trust; a subsidiary of COCIC. A native of Ohio, Hope received her BA from Tiffin University and considers running, biking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren among her myriad of interests.

Zachary Woodruff, City of Whitehall
Zachary Woodruff, Director of Development & Public Service for the City of Whitehall, Ohio, has focused his efforts on job growth and expansion, negotiating development agreements leading to more than 100 million in new private investment, and building personal relationships with business leaders and members of the community. He has taken the lead on bringing businesses such as Heartland Bank and Wasserstrom to build new corporate headquarters in the city. He has also been instrumental in the reinvention of the Broad & Hamilton intersection, a major gateway into the city of Whitehall named Norton Crossing. This mixed-use development being constructed at that intersection, is the most significant redevelopment effort in Whitehall's history.