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Association News
OCCO Legislative Reception - registration open
April is National County Government Month
- Downtown redevelopment districts webinar – April 12
Legislative Briefing Update

State News
- ODOT kicks off 2017 construction season

Federal News
- EAC to host public hearing on elections systems - April 4

- Census 2020: help update local addresses

NACo News
NACo Arts and Culture Awards applications available
NACo Annual Conference: Franklin County…here we come!

Education and Grants
- Community health check-up webinar - April 3
- Rethinking flood protection - April 5
- Stepping Up: conducting timely mental health screening and assessment in jails
- AOS to host cybersecurity seminars
- Cultivating healthy communities grant
- Youth in custody practice model initiative

Job Postings
CCAO publishes classified ads on our website free of charge as a service to counties. When submitting your ad to CCAO, please provide a link to the online job posting and a deadline date. Email your classified ad to Mary Jane Neiman, CCAO public relations associate. 

Statehouse Report
Check out the Statehouse Report for the CCAO Policy Team's updates about legislative activity affecting Ohio's counties. 


Print Version

OCCO Legislative Reception – registration open
During National County Government Month, the Ohio Council of County Officials (OCCO) is hosting a Legislative Reception on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. for county elected officials and members of the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. Statewide office holders have also been invited.
OCCO is an organization that strives to unite the associations representing county auditors, commissioners, clerk of courts, coroners, engineers, prosecuting attorneys, recorders, treasurers, sheriffs and judges in order to promote sound, efficient and fiscally responsible government. It serves as a forum to provide information about issues of importance to county elected officials and allows members the opportunity to work on legislative issues of mutual concern.
Since April is National County Government Month, we hope county commissioners, county executives, county council members and all county elected officials will join OCCO for this Reception/Open House on April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.
Personally invite your members of the Ohio General Assembly to the reception and make an appointment to discuss issues of importance to your county.
Online registration is open. There is no charge to attend, but registration is necessary for planning purposes. Click here for more information.

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April is National County Government Month
National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. NCGM is an excellent opportunity for your county to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the various services provided to the community.
The theme for this year’s celebration of NCGM is “Brilliant Ideas that Work,” showcasing how counties are trailblazing new approaches to seize opportunities and overcome community challenges.

Share information about your county's NCGM activities with CCAO Communications Coordinator Andrew Johnson.

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Downtown redevelopment districts webinar – April 12

CCAO is pleased to offer a one-hour webinar on April 12 at 9:30 a.m. on “Downtown
Redevelopment Districts.” During the past year, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation to provide additional tools to meet the challenges of local governments establishing downtown redevelopment districts (DRD). DRDs operate similarly to tax increment financing districts except that the collected service payments can be used for a wider array of uses, including grants and loans to owners of historic buildings for renovation. This is a potential tool for courthouse restoration and renovation.

This webinar will focus on:
  • What is a downtown redevelopment district?
  • What is an innovation district?
  • Who establishes a downtown redevelopment district?
  • What is the territory of the district?
  • What are the economic development plan requirements?
  • What are the revenue sources and uses?
  • What are the reporting requirements?
  • How do you certify a courthouse as a historic building?
How can DRDs be used to address maintenance and rehab costs with historic county courthouses? 
Our speaker is David J. Robinson, the principal and founder of the Montrose Group, LLC. Previously, David worked for a decade managing government relations practices’ in large law firms and served in the Ohio House of Representatives. David is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Fisher School of Business Advanced Management Program.
Click here to register. If you experience difficulty in registering, please contact Curt Pratt, CCAO
administrative assistant, and provide him with your name, title, employer and email address. For
additional information regarding the topic for this webinar, please contact Brad Cole, CCAO
managing director of research, at (614) 220-7981 or (888) 757-1904. Read more…

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Legislative Briefing Update

We are down to our last CCAO regional legislative briefing. Commissioners in Ashland, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne counties will meet on Friday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Jake’s, 1040 Sugarbush Drive, in Ashland. Commissioners from these counties should personally call their legislators to remind them of the invitation they received from CCAO and encourage them to attend.

Throughout these legislative briefing sessions, as CCAO’s best advocates, your presence has allowed counties to share their stories with their legislators about the real consequences
to service delivery that will be effectuated by HB 49, the proposed FY 18/19 Executive Budget. The governor’s budget casts huge doubt on the administration’s commitment to a viable state/county partnership.

For more information, please contact John Leutz, CCAO legislative counsel, at (614) 220-7994 or Curt Pratt, CCAO administrative assistant, at (614) 220-7985.

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ODOT kicks off 2017 construction season

This year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will invest $2.3 billion into the state’s roads and bridges, just shy of the $2.4 billion investments made in 2014 and 2015. The 2017 construction season will include 1,098 projects, 26 valued at more than $10 million. Workers will pave 6,945 miles of roadway – enough for a two-lane road from Seattle to Key West, and repair or replace 1,281 bridges. Click here for a project breakdown by county.

Safety is always the top priority, and this year’s construction program will include 191 projects aimed at making our roadways safer. These projects range from reconfigured intersections to additional signage and signals.

ODOT is also working to make the existing system work more efficiently by leveraging technology like the OHGO app, intelligent transportation systems, and recently-approved variable speed limits and smart mobility corridors. Read more…

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EAC to host public hearing on elections systems – April 4

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host a public hearing on “Elections Systems as Critical Infrastructure” on Tuesday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to examine how the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to designate election systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure will impact state and local election officials. The hearing is open to the public and will stream live at

EAC Commission members will conduct two panel discussions:
  • Election Officials: Moving Forward with Elections as Critical Infrastructure
  • Department of Homeland Security Officials: Working Together on Election Security and the Critical Infrastructure Designation 
The EAC, established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), is charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration.

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Census 2020: help update local addresses

The 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) operation is the only program that allows tribal, state and local governments the opportunity to review and comment on the Census Bureau’s residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarter and associated population for inclusion in the decennial census. Benefits of participation include:
  • Ensuring an accurate decennial census count in jurisdictions;
  • Helping the federal government distribute appropriate funding for infrastructure, programs and services in jurisdictions;
  • Helping jurisdictions plan for future needs.
Your county’s participation is important, because only 12 percent of eligible governments in Ohio participated in the 2010 Census LUCA. A color-coded map of the Ohio - 2010 Census Results: Percent Change in Population by County: 2000 to 2010 shows the change in population for your county. Counties that lost population need to pay particular attention to and participate in LUCA.

The 2016 population estimate for Ohio shows an increase of 77,869 to 11,614,373 from the 2010 Census count of 11,536,504. The Census Bureau strongly encourages every county to participate in LUCA to ensure a complete and accurate address list for the 2020 Census. For more information about LUCA, visit

For more information about Census 2020, please contact Rose Simmons, partnership specialist, Philadelphia Region, U.S. Census Bureau, at (614) 361-9430.

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NACo Arts and Culture Awards applications available

The NACo Arts and Culture Award recognizes county governments for their efforts to enrich American cultural and intellectual life, promote lifelong learning and protect our national heritage. These efforts include activities from arts education to historic preservation to the support of local museums, cultural institutions and nonprofit arts organizations.

Both ongoing programs and onetime projects are eligible. The eligible program/project must have become operational after Jan. 1, 2012, and have measurable results. County officials and/or staff, as part of their official duties, must have played a significant role in developing and implementing the program or project.

Application deadline: April 17. Presentation of the award will be made at the Arts and Culture Commission Awards function held at the NACo Annual Conference hosted by Franklin County in July. For more information about the Arts and Culture Awards Program, please contact Jenna Moran, NACo program manager, at (202) 942-4224. Read more…

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NACo Annual Conference: Franklin County…here we come!

Franklin County Commissioners John O’Grady, Marilyn Brown and Kevin Boyce are proud to host the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference on July 21-24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, in Columbus, O-H…I-O!

Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country (right behind San Francisco), is the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio. Columbus is located within a one-day drive or one-hour flight from more than half of the U.S. population. Read more…
This is a great opportunity for Ohio officials who have never attended a NACo Conference to see what they have been missing! When registering, notice the new option for those that cannot attend the entire conference - you can register for two days at a reduced price. And remember to register online to save $25! Register here…
If your county is not a member of NACo, new members that join this year get unlimited free registrations for a year…a $865 value per registration. Contact Andrew Goldschmidt, NACo membership/ marketing director, at (202) 942-4221 for membership information.

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Community health check-up webinar – April 3

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors in counties across the country. Join a NACo webinar on “Community Health Check-Up” on Monday, April 3 at 2 p.m. to learn how to use the Rankings to improve the culture of health in your county. Experts at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute will answer key questions that counties ask about the Rankings, and a county leader will discuss how that county used the Rankings to improve health and well-being. Register here…

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Rethinking flood protection – April 5

NACo and other key partners have collaborated to develop the Naturally Resilient Communities online guide tool to promote the role that nature-based solutions can play in helping reduce flood risk for communities, while also providing other benefits such as improved water quality, enhanced recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats, and stronger, more resilient local economies. Join NACo on Wednesday, April 5 at 1 p.m. for an educational webinar that will walk attendees through this online tool and the specific solutions and community case studies it highlights. Visit in advance of and during the webinar. Register here…

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Stepping Up: conducting timely mental health screening and assessment in jails

Webinar – Thursday, April 6 at 2 p.m. – Join the Stepping Up Initiative for the second webinar in the Six Questions series, which will feature key strategies for conducting timely screening and assessments for mental health and substance use in jails. To reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail, counties need to have a clear and accurate understanding of the prevalence of these disorders within their jail populations. This requires universal screening of every person booked into jail for mental illnesses, as well as other behavioral health needs, such as substance use. Register here…

Technical Assistance Call – Wednesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. - On this call,
counties will engage in a facilitated discussion on the second question of the Six Questions document: Do we conduct timely screening and assessment? Counties are encouraged to sign on and join the conversation with national experts and county practitioners! Please be sure to participate in or review the “Conducting Timely Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Jails” webinar on Thursday, April 6 prior to joining the call. Register here…

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AOS to host cybersecurity seminars

Auditor of State Dave Yost's office is conducting a series of training seminars to help local government leaders in Ohio combat cyberattacks. A number of local governments have been hacked and defrauded of money. An investigator and digital forensic analyst, who is a recognized expert on cybersecurity, policy, cyberterrorism and is trained in computer forensics, network investigations and network intrusion response for the Auditor of State, is leading the training.

The following five sessions still have space available:
  • Findlay - Wednesday, April 5, 9-11 a.m., University of Findlay
  • Marietta - Wednesday, May 3, 9-11 a.m., Washington State Community College
  • Steubenville - Wednesday, May 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Jefferson County ESC George-Pugliese Training Annex
  • Dayton - Wednesday, May 10, 9-11 a.m., Montgomery County Educational Service Center
  • Delaware - Wednesday, May 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Frank B. Willis Government Building
Click here to register online.

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Cultivating healthy communities grant

The AETNA Foundation's 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant requests can range between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects that increase opportunities for low-income, minority communities to make healthy choices in the places they live, work, learn, and play. Stage 1 of this opportunity involves a short application due April 14 at 3 p.m. Aetna Foundation will invite selected applicants to submit a full Stage 2 application. Click here for the RFP and additional information.

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Youth in custody practice model initiative

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University helps juvenile correctional agencies and facility providers implement comprehensive and effective approaches for serving youth in post-dispositional residential care. The Youth in Custody Practice Model, an 18-month training and technical assistance period, runs from Sept. 1, to March 1, 2019. Application deadline: May 19.

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