Ohio Township Association Annual Winter Conference & Trade Show

The Ohio Township Association's annual conference is held in Columbus each year to further the education of township officials and staff, and to provide networking opportunities to meet fellow township officials and staff from all across Ohio. With more than 80 educational workshops, a trade show with over 100 vendors, and several networking and entertainment events, the conference is a great opportunity for OTA members to advance their knowledge of Ohio's townships.

2023 OTA Winter Conference - January 25-27, 2023

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Schedule of Events
Housing, Parking, & Food
Optional Events
Trade Show

Registration opens November 1, 2022 

Back on Track, the 2023 OTA Winter Conference

Pre-registration opens for attendees on November 1, 2022. If you wish to pre-register, you must do so prior to Wednesday, January 11, 2023. 

Click here to download the registration packet. 

Updated Winter Conference Pricing: 

  • OTA Member Pre-registration: $125
  • Non-Member/On-site Registration: $175
  • Spouse/Guest Ticket: $30
  • Welcome Reception: $5
  • Night at the Races: $35
  • Luncheon: $35
  • Spouse/Guest Event: $45

    Please note: If you plan to attend the Ethics Training, you will not need to pre-register. 

Click here to download the registration packet

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Wednesday, January 25


Exhibitor Installation




Trade Show




Ethics Training




Networking with Vendors


Welcome Reception


County Officer's Meeting

Thursday, January 26




Trade Show


General Session


Networking with Vendors


CLOUT Meeting & Lunch


Spouse/Guest Event
*This is a ticketed event.




CLOUT Refreshment Break/Networking with Vendors




CLOUT Workshop


Night at the Races
*This is a ticketed event.

Friday, January 27


Fritters with Fought


Trade Show




Networking with Vendors




OTARMA Refreshment Break/Networking with Vendors




OTARMA Meeting
*Open to all OTARMA members.


Last Chance to Network with Vendors


*This is a ticketed event.





*Schedule is subject to change.

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We are offering over 80 workshops to all attendees at this year's conference! With a wide range of topics, including communications plans, ARPA, audit recommendations, state ethics training, and more. Workshops are included with admission at no extra cost.

Click here to view Workshop descriptions

*Workshop titles, times, and descriptions are subject to change

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Food, Housing, and Parking

Housing for all guests opens at 10:00 a.m. on November 7. Availability limited. Housing is not guaranteed after January 6, 2023. 
Hotel Pricing: 

The Red Roof Inn has single and double rooms for $111 per night. The Sonesta has single and double rooms available for $172 per night.

Due to a high demand for hotel rooms during the conference, the OTA has reserved an overflow hotel
for anyone still in need of housing for the conference. This hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott, located
at 35 W. Spring St. Columbus, Ohio 43215. The room rate for this hotel is $154 (plus tax).
Please note, this hotel is located a quarter of a mile away from the Convention Center (5-10 minute
walk). For more information and to book this hotel, please use our reservation link online.

Are you driving into town for one day of the conference? There are plenty of parking options near the Convention Center. Please find a few parking options below for your ease of travel. A map will be included in the Jan/Feb issue of the Ohio Township News. Standard event rates are generally $15 - $20 per day but are subject to change.

  • Ohio Center Garage
    400 N. High St
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • South Garage
    50 E Nationwide Blvd.
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • Vine Garage
    37 Vine Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • Goodale Garage
    70 East Goodale Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • North Surface Lot
    50 E Goodale Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • East Surface Lot
    80 East Nationwide Blvd.
    Columbus, OH 43215

For more parking information, to purchase advance parking, and live availability updates, please click here. 


Meals are not provided throughout the conference, except at optional events which may require a ticket. You are more than welcome to pack your own snacks. There are several close food options available, including food vendors in the Convention Center and Trade Show hall. There are also numerous restaurants within walking distance of the Convention Center. A detailed map of area restaurants will be included in your registration materials at the conference.

Click here to learn more about Convention Center Dining. 

Click here to learn more about dining options around the Convention Center.

Tax Exemption Certificate:

Some entities may be entitled to exemption from lodging tax in the City of Columbus and Franklin County, where housing accomodations for the conference are being held. 

Click here for the City of Columbus Tax Exemption Certificate.

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Optional Events

Welcome Reception; $5 | Wed., Jan. 25, 2022
This brand-new event will allow you to mingle with the vendors while kicking off the conference! Not only is it a great networking opportunity, but for $5 all attendees will also receive a beverage ticket and complimentary light appetizers. Please note that anyone who plans to attend will need a ticket. Cash bar will be available.

Ethics Training; Free | Wed., Jan. 25, 2022
Pursuant to R.C. §507.12, all fiscal officers must have two hours of ethics training each term in office as part of continuing education. This class - provided by the Ohio Ethics Commission - will satisfy that requirement. Pre-registration is not needed for this course. 

General Session; Free | Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023
Each year, the OTA invites all attendees to join us at the General Session. Hear from both the OTA President Tim Lynch and Executive Director, Heidi M. Fought, on the progress and future of the association. See which counties won our 2022 membership awards and congratulate all the graduates of the OTA’s Leadership Academy as they are honored during the ceremony. The session wraps up with Mark Weaver, a crisis communication specialist who will discuss the importance of communication plans, relevant to every attendee, regardless of their position in the township. More information on this speaker coming soon!

Spouse/Guest Event; $45 per ticket | Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023
Spouses and guests will be able to spend the afternoon making crafts and enjoying cocktails at the “Crafts and Cocktails event this year. Grab some lunch and pick from a variety of crafts that you will be able to customize to your taste.

Night at the Races; $35 per ticket | Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023
Head over to the Hyatt Regency Ballroom and show off your betting skills at “Night at the Races.” Attendees will have the chance to place bets on countless horse races throughout the night. Heavy appetizers and drinks will be available. Those with winning bets will be entered to win some of our valuable prizes at the end of the night!

Fritters with Fought; Free | Fri., Jan. 27, 2023
Join the OTA’s Executive Director, Heidi M. Fought, for fritters, coffee, and a Q&A session Friday morning. This is a great networking opportunity and a way to get to know our Executive Director.

Luncheon; $35 per ticket | Fri., Jan. 27, 2023
Be sure to grab a ticket for the 2023 luncheon. Not only will you be treated to a delicious plated lunch (no braving the cold for food!), but you’ll hear from Dean Lindsay on how you can help lead progress in a world of change. See page 3 for more information on our luncheon speaker.

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Trade Show

More than 150 vendors participate in the Trade Show and range from truck and tractor dealers to state agencies to printing services and playground companies. The Trade Show hall will be open for the duration of the conference.  A nametag is required to enter the Trade Show hall.

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Thank you to all of our sponsors for this year's conference!

Burnham & Flower Insurance Group Corporate Logo
Brosius, Johnson & Griggs, LLC Corporate Logo
OTARMA Corporate Logo
NOPEC Corporate Logo
CLOUT Corporate Logo

Encino Energy Corporate Logo
Ice Miller Corporate Logo
Sedgwick Corporate Logo

Spectrum Corporate Logo
Trebel LLC
Fishel Downey Albrechy & Ripenhoff Corporate Logo

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Ohio Plan Risk Management Corporate Logo
Bricker & Eckler LLP Corporate Logo

Buyers Products Company Corporate Logo
Concord Road Equipment MFG LLC Corporate Logo
Geenex Solar Corporate Logo

Henderson Products Corporate Logo
Open Road Renewables Corporate Logo
VFIS Corporate Logo


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