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OHIO URBAN RESOURCES SYSTEM - Improving The Lives of Ohio's Urban Core

3rd Annual Ohio Urban Resources System Conference

Let’s Get Back to Work

October 24-26, 2018
Renaissance Toledo Downtown | 444 N. Summit Street | Toledo, OH 43604

The Ohio Urban Resources System (O.U.R.S.) is a statewide network comprised of ten Community Action Agencies in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Erie- Huron-Richland, Lorain, Youngstown, Toledo and Trumbull. O.U.R.S seeks to strengthen the social and economic security of families and their communities as a recognized leading resource for breaking the poverty cycle in Ohio.

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Ohio fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2018 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The jobless rate inched down despite Ohio losing jobs because the unemployment rate and increase or decrease in jobs are based on different measures.

While Ohio’s rural and urban communities share roller coaster statistics, research by Policy Matters Ohio uncovered many urban counties still show unique challenges in areas of broken union structures, race disparities, unemployment compensation and quality job training to name a few.

The 3rd Annual Ohio Urban Resources System Conference, “Let’s Get Back to Work” will focus on ready-to-work strategies by matching skilled workers with career employment and eliminating workforce barriers in Ohio’s urban communities. Workshop presenters will provide strategies and tools required to place individuals and families in employment that provides livable wages, creating cradle to career pathways and diversifying the work pool with innovative entrepreneurial and social enterprise ventures.


Conference Details

Theme: Let’s Get Back to Work
Date:October 24-26, 2018
Location: Renaissance Toledo Downtown
444 N Summit St, Toledo, OH 43604                     


  • The conference is opened to non-members and vendors at special rates.
  • OURS members and staff may register using the members-only discount code.
  • Conference registration deadline: October 12, 2018
  • O.U.R.S. Members - Member discount applied at registration
  • Non-O.U.R.S. Members - $175.00

Register Online

Payments accepted by checks, money orders and/or PayPal (

Send payments to:
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency c/o Ohio Urban Resources System
1740 Langdon Farm Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

Room reservation deadline: September 24, 2018 at: Register Online
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Keynote Speaker

Joe Jones, Founder/CEO of the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit service organization established to empower low-income families by enhancing both the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. Prior to founding CFUF, Mr. Jones developed and directed the Men’s Services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and replicated the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program. His ability to engage and provide hands-on services to fathers garnered him the reputation of trailblazer
in the field.

Mr. Jones is now a national leader in workforce development, fatherhood and family services programming, and through his professional and civic involvement influences policy direction
nationwide. Mr. Jones has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership and programming including the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program’s Distinguished Leadership Award, an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Morgan State University, the Walter Sondheim Public Service Award, the White House Champion of Change and was a 2013 CNN Hero.

Mr. Jones is a Weinberg Fellow and a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore
County. He is happily married and has three children.  Follow him on Twitter

Workshop Proposals

We are currently seeking workshop proposals.

Submissions should cover one of two categories –
1) workforce development under the conference theme and/or
2) strengthen the social and economic security of families in urban communities.

Please review and share the attached About the Conference (PDF - 240KB) overview for more details or if you’d like to submit a workshop proposal, please contact us at with any questions or concerns.