Community Development Strategies

Wednesday, November 7: 10:45am – 12:00pm

In this session, industry leaders will discuss innovative strategies beyond just housing to strengthen communities of varying sizes. Hear about strategies to improve Ohio's largest cities, but also learn about approaches in "Reinvention Cities" – those with populations of 20,000–65,000.

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Community Development Strategies Presentations (2.25 MB Adobe PDF File)

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Nate Coffman, Ohio CDC Association
Nate Coffman is executive director of the Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA), a non-profit trade association for community development corporations that work to revitalize rural and urban communities. Prior to joining OCDCA in December 2009, he directed the revitalization efforts of Cleveland's historic Ohio City neighborhood with the Ohio City Near West Development Corporation. For eight years he served as executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland (HBA). At the HBA, Nate helped bring the organization and the membership to invest and develop in many underserved urban neighborhoods working in partnership with local CDC's. He also worked several years in Columbus for U.S. Senator John Glenn and as an aide at the Ohio Senate. He is a native of southeastern Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University. Nate serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA).


Hannah Jones, City of Columbus, Department of Development
Hannah R. Jones is the Deputy Director of Community Development for the City of Columbus' Department of Development. She oversees and coordinates the activities of the Housing, Code Enforcement, Land Redevelopment and Human Services Divisions. These Divisions focus on having a collective impact on the neighborhoods within the City in order to build stronger, more resilient communities. Previously Hannah served as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Department assisting with the implementation of the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Initiatives, Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the Choice Neighborhood Grant. Previously Hannah worked in various capacities in the Office of Mayor Michael B. Coleman. She graduated the College of Wooster in 2003 with a B.A. in History and a focus on social and human rights.

John Collier, Greater Ohio Policy Center
As Manager of Research, John develops, manages, and conducts high-quality research projects focused on local, state, and national issues and best practices related to urban revitalization and sustainable growth. Since joining GOPC in 2016, John has provided data-driven research on a variety of GOPC's core issues areas including land banks, brownfields, housing, and small legacy cities. John also oversees GOPC's Reinvention Cities initiative. John is an Ohio native, born and raised in Toledo and a graduate of The Ohio State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in City and Regional Planning.

Sheldon Johnson, Community Development for All People
As Managing Director, Sheldon develops and implements various systems to enhance the management of the diverse programs and ministries of Community Development for All People.