Annual Winter Conference

The 2022 OTA Winter Conference and Trade Show will take place January 26 - 28.

Please note - information regarding the annual winter conference is subject to change.

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 tradeshow with over 150 vendors, and several networking and entertainment events, the conference is a great opportunity for OTA members to advance their knowledge of Ohio's townships.

Click Here to Register for the 2022 OTA Winter Conference & Trade Show
*Reminder to OTARMA Members: You are able to use the MORE Grant for conference tickets!

Housing

More than 1,000 hotel rooms at six hotels are reserved for the OTA conference. Hotel reservations are handled by the Columbus Housing Bureau, and must be made through the link below. Housing registration opens Monday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m. Once registered for a hotel room, you will receive an initial confirmation email from the Housing Bureau.

The hotel reservation cut off date is January 4, 2022. After this date, availability may be limited and room rates are subject to change. Changes and cancellations prior to January 18, 2022 can be made using the online reservation system or by emailing the Housing Bureau at Housing@ExperienceColumbus.com. To cancel your reservation after January 18, 2022, contact your hotel directly. You may be charged a fee. “No shows” will be billed for one room night.

Reserve your room here


Parking

Are you driving into town for one day only of the conference? Please find parking information below for your ease of travel and peace of mind. A map will be included in the Jan/Feb issue of the Ohio Township News magazine. Standard event rates are generally $15 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

Trade Show

More than 150 vendors participate in the trade show, and the showcased industries range from truck and tractor dealers to state agencies to printing services and playground companies.

Interested vendors should reach out to Michael Zaky at zaky@ohiotownships.org for more information or register by clicking the button below.

Vendor Registration


Workshops

Workshops are offered along several tracks, including trustees, fiscal officers, roads, zoning, safety services, etc. Workshop titles will be published in the December issue of the Grassroots Clippings and online, and descriptions will be included in the Jan/Feb issue of the magazine.


Continuing Education

The OTA works with the Treasurer of State’s office to certify the required classes for Certified Public Investment Management (CPIM) training. Additionally, the OTA works with the Auditor of State’s office to certify training to meet Fiscal Officer Integrity Act training requirements. Stay tuned for more details.  


Leadership Academy

Classes will be offered to help meet graduation requirements of the Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy. This program is available to those wishing to enhance their leadership and decision making skills. Participants must register and attend the General Workshop and six of ten electives, as well as participate in a federal component. All requirements must be met within three years, and graduates are recognized at the conference's Thursday morning General Session each year.

For more information about the OTA's Leadership Academy, click here or contact Michael Zaky at zaky@ohiotownships.org.


Food

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 that are available, including the North Market, which is within walking distance of the Convention Center, and there are food vendors in the Convention Center and trade show hall. A detailed map of area restaurants will be included in your registration materials at the conference.


Conference App

The OTA will once again provide a conference app. Anyone with a smart phone will be able to access other attendees, a full schedule of events broken down by day, workshop handouts and note-taking applications, the trade show floor plan and interactive vendor list, and conference evaluation. Keep an eye out for more information and a tutorial.


Handouts

Presenters and/or the OTA will continue to provide handouts in each session. A “Handouts” table will be available throughout the conference where leftover handouts from sessions can be found; they will be linked on the OTA website and the conference app.


Spouses/Guests

Spouses and guests may attend the workshops and trade show for a fee of $10 per person; please indicate that they will be attending on the registration form. If your spouse is a township official or employee, they must register separately. Spouses and guests are invited to register for this year’s Thursday event, a visit to The Kitchen - Columbus! Registrants will enjoy a participatory dining experience.


Hospitality Suites

After conference activities have concluded for the day, hospitality suites can be found in numerous hotels. Mingle and network with other township employees in a relaxed atmosphere.


Emergency Information

In case of emergency while attending the event, please find an OTA staff member, a Convention Center representative, or a sergeant-at-arms.


THANK YOU TO THIS YEAR'S SPONSORS!