Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM EST
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST

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Sheraton on Capitol Square 
75 E. State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 365-4500

Conference Rates (links): Base rate Single/Double $141/night. Before January 9th or until sold out.

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Jeannette Jarrett 
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies 

2018 Winter Legislative Conference 

Early Bird registration rate ends January 8, 2018


Join over 250 Community Action professionals, the Office of Community Assistance, vendors, and more during the 2018 Winter Legislative Conference in Columbus, Ohio! Workshop tracks include: Hot Topics, Core Essentials, PR/Communications, Fiscal/HR, Opioids, and Head Start. See the tentaitve agenda below. 

Access to the mobile app will be sent to all registrants via email shortly before the conference. The final agenda will be published in the app and will be available upon registration. See the tentative agenda below and check back for updates. 

Don't forget to make your hotel accomodations! The online booking link can be found in the left sidebar. The conference rates are guaranteed through January 9th or until sold out, whichever comes first. 

Track Descriptions: 

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.

Core Essentials: This track includes workshops that cover common workplace topics to provide a basic understanding or refresher for entry-level or senior 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.

PR/Communications: 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/HR: For many of our member agencies, Fiscal and Human Resources responsibilities are the responsibility of the same staff member and/or have 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.  

Opioids: The opioids track includes workshops by experts currently fighting the opioid epidemic in Ohio.

Head Start: The Head Start track includes workshops relevant to Head Start teachers, administrators, planners, and more. 

(Subject to change - SEE MOBILE APP FOR UPDATES. Once registered, watch your email for mobile app release and access information)


PRE-CONFERNECE Tuesday, January 23rd

GMS Regional Training: This full day training event will provide a complete overview of the GMS Accounting System. Attendees will see all aspects of the accounting system from setup files to processing steps and reporting options. All of the books of entry, accounts payable processing, payroll processing, general ledger activities, cost allocation and report generation will be shown. 

Separate registration is required. Register here. OACAA Members receive a special discounted registration code for the first two registrants per agency. If you have not received your discount code, please contact Greg Bollenbacher

Tuesday, January 23rd

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast, Registration Opens
  • 8:30 am - 12:15 pm: GMS Accounting System Training
  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15 pm - 5:00 pm: GMS Accounting System Training, Continued

Wednesday, January 24th

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am: Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm: Registration Opens
  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm: Legislative Visits, Agencies pre-arranged visits with elected officials
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Core Essentials: Sexual Harrassment Part 1 w/ Trent Grooms
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: PR/Communications: Telling the Story w/ Jessica Badowski
  • 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Lunch, Exemplary Program Awards; Featured Speaker to be announced
  • 1:55 pm - 3:25 pm: Office of Community Assistance (OCA) Plenary
  • 1:55 pm - 3:25 pm: Core EssentialsSexual Harrassment Part 2 w/ Trent Grooms
  • 1:55 pm - 3:25 pm: PR/Communications: Storytelling in Social Media w/ Jessica Badowski
  • 3:25 pm - 3:40 pm: Break
  • 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm: District Meetings
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30pm: Networking Reception

Thursday, January 25th

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast, Featured Speaker to be announced
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am: Hot TopicsCurrent Issues
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am: Core Essentials: Make Ya' Wanna S.T.O.M.P Part 1, w/ A.J. Casey
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am: Fiscal/HRDiversity & Respect in the Workplace w/ Trent Grooms
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am: OpioidsHidden in Plain Sight, Ohio Heartland CA
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am: Head Start: 21st Century Head Start w/ Maria Goss
  • 10:40 am - 12:10 pm: Hot Topics: Two-Generational Approach, Highland County CAO
  • 10:40 am - 12:10 pm: Core EssentialsMake Ya' Wanna S.T.O.M.P Part 2, w/ A.J. Casey
  • 10:40 am - 12:10 pm: Fiscal/HR: Managing Successfully through Change w/ Trent Grooms
  • 10:40 am - 12:10 pm: Opioids: Opioid Summit Follow Up w/ Orman Hall, OHIDTA
  • 10:40 am - 12:10 pm: Head Start: ERSEA from a Two-Generation Perspective w/ Maria Goss
  • 12:20 pm - 1:50 pm: Lunch, Featured Speaker to be announced
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Hot Topics: Bed Bugs, Central OH Bed Bug Task Force
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Core Essentials: Branding: It's Everyone's Job w/ Kathryn Clausen
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Fiscal/HR: Practice Approach to New Lease Standards & NFP Reporting w/ ZPLC
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Opioids: TBA
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Head Start: The New Monitoring Protocols w/ Maria Goss
  • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Break 
  • 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm: Hot Topics: Energy
  • 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm: Core Essentials: Understanding Financial Literacy, Highland County CAO
  • 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm: Fiscal/HR/Head Start: Understanding HS Educations Requirements or Equivalence
  • 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm: Opioids
  • 5:15 pm: Explore Columbus On Your Own
Friday, January 26th
  • 9:00am - 10:00am: Breakfast
  • 10:00am - 11:00am: Membership Meeting
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: Featured Speaker - David Bradley, NCAF