17th Annual Ohio Housing Conference—“Raising the Bar for Better Communities”—Provides Housing Updates, Innovations and Best Practices for Affordable Housing Professionals.

(Conference Begins December 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center)

Affordable housing professionals from Ohio and across the country will gather at the nation’s largest statewide housing conference this December in Columbus, hosted by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH).

“Ohio residents, communities, and the economy are greatly impacted by the affordable housing industry, and this conference provides an open forum to explore innovative strategies, discuss challenges, and highlight best practices of the affordable housing industry,” said Hal Keller, OCCH President.

More than 1,700 attendees from 27 states have access to more than 50 sessions and roundtables covering topics in development, property management, and emerging trends. Mobile sessions offer attendees the opportunity to travel to local development projects and explore Columbus’ various neighborhoods.

The conference opens on Tuesday, December 1 with the Housing Policy Plenary, sponsored by NeighborWorks America and featuring Michael Novogradac, Managing Partner, Novogradac and Company, LLP; Denise B. Muha, Executive Director, National Leased Housing Association; William Faith, Executive Director, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; and Paul Weech, President & Chief Executive Officer, NeighborWorks America. Hal Keller, OCCH, will moderate the panel that will discuss current state and federal housing issues and their impact in Ohio and beyond.

On Wednesday, the much anticipated Ohio Economic Forecast plenary will start the day featuring Edward Hill, Professor at The John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University; Beth Riley, Senior Vice President & Manager, George K. Baum & Company; and Robert Vogt, Partner, Vogt Strategic Insights.

Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award Winning broadcaster will serve as the keynote speaker on Wednesday, December 2.

A highlight of the conference is the presentation of the William J. Graves Ohio Housing Excellence Award. This honor is given to the individual or organization who continually dedicates his/her time and work to our shared mission to increase the quality and availability of affordable housing opportunities for Ohio citizens.

Please visit the conference website at http://ohiohome.org/ohc15/default.aspx for more information.

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