OURS - Ohio Urban Resources System

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

3rd Annual Ohio Urban Resources System Conference

The Ohio Urban Resources System is excited to announce Mr. Joe Jones, CEO/Founder of the Center for Urban Families as the 2018 Keynote Speaker for the 3rd Annual Conference, “Let’s Get Back to Work.”

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 @Joe_dad_Joe

The conference is opened to non-members and vendors at special rates. OURS members and staff may register using the members-only discount code.

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

Registration link:

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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 overview for more details or if you’d like to submit a workshop proposal, please contact us at with any questions or concerns. 

About the Conference link:

About the Conference (PDF - 240KB)



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