The Coalition of Large Ohio Urban Townships (CLOUT) is a group of large, urban townships formed for the purpose of providing a forum for the exchange of problems, issues, and solutions for similarly–sized townships in Ohio, and to provide input to the Ohio Township Association. Formed in 1994, membership in CLOUT requires a population of 15,000 or more in the unincorporated area of the township or a budget of more than $3 million.


As part of the OTA annual conference, CLOUT will host several events, and all CLOUT members are invited to attend. See below for a detailed description of activities happening January 25-27 in Columbus.

CLOUT Legislative Breakfast Reception
Wednesday, January 25
8:00–9:30 a.m.

The CLOUT Legislative Breakfast Reception, open to all CLOUT members, will be held on Wednesday, January 25, at the Doubletree in downtown Columbus. The cost to attend is $10 per person. To register, please print the registration form and mail or fax it to the OTA office.

CLOUT Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 26
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The CLOUT annual meeting, held each year in conjunction with the OTA annual conference, will be held Thursday, January 26, from 11:15 – 12:45 p.m. in room B 130–132 of the Convention Center. Boxed lunches will be available for attendees. To view the agenda, please click here.

CLOUT Snack Break
Thursday, January 26
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Each year, CLOUT sponsors a snack break for all conference attendees. This free event will take place on Thursday, January 26, from 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. inside the Trade Show hall near the center stage.


CLOUT operates according to its bylaws. It has an executive committee, which is elected at the annual meeting held in conjunction with the OTA Winter Conference. The executive committee consists of 16 members representing the four CLOUT regions. The executive committee meets four times per year. Recent agendas and minutes can be found below.

The CLOUT executive committee sets legislative priorities for each General Assembly. Additionally, CLOUT members may request assistance in litigation via amicus curiae briefs to be considered by OTA staff and the executive committee.


Are you interested in joining CLOUT? If your township would like to be a member, the township needs to pass a resolution and send a copy to the OTA with $200 for annual dues. Please note: All townships eligible for CLOUT will receive an invitation in the fall each year. To vote on issues at the annual Winter Conference, dues must be received by the OTA before the meeting.


More Information

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for CLOUT, please email Barry Tiffany, Vice Chair, Sugarcreek Township/Greene County, or call the OTA office at 614-863-0045.