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Annual Winter Conference

2023 Winter Conference Pre-Registration

Back On Track

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 8:00 AM (EST) to Friday, January 27, 2023 at 4:00 PM (EST)

* Registration open until 1/11/23 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Event Details


The OTA’s annual Winter Conference and Trade Show will once again be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). The three-day educational conference consists of more than 80 workshops, a trade show with 100+ vendors and optional events for entertainment and networking opportunities. The theme of this year’s conference is “Charting Your Course.” Be sure to join us as we provide you with the tools needed to navigate your position and township government!

Ethics Training; Free | Wed., Jan. 25, 2023 | 1:45 - 3:45 p.m.
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.

Welcome Reception; $5 | Wed., Jan. 25, 2023 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
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.

General Session Keynote; Free | Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
This year's General Session Keynote speaker is Mark Weaver. Mark Weaver is a crisis communications expert with three decades of experience advising clients in more than 30 states and at the highest levels of national government and major corporations. He counsels public and private sector clients on crisis communications, executive speech coaching, and litigation communications. NBC News in Charlotte, North Carolina called Mr. Weaver “one of the nation's foremost experts in crisis communications.”

Spouse/Guest Event, $45 per ticket | Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023 | 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Spouses and guests will craft while enjoying some cocktails. They will have a choice to decorate/design a variety of pieces. Crafts include painting, jewelry making, string art, or leather work.

A Night At The Races; $35 per ticket | Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023 | 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Back on track takes on a new meeting at this year's Thursday night event. A Night at the Races is an audience-participation event where actual races are shown to your audience to recreate the atmosphere of being at the race track. 

Each guest receives a racing program and betting card.  Each betting card notes its race number.  The number of each horse in that race is at the bottom of the card.  To place their “bet” guests will tear of the card for the upcoming race (the cards are perforated), take the card to a cashier and declare their “bets”  Each guest can place up to three “bets” per race.  They can bet on three horses or place all three bets on one horse if they like.  The cashier will take the card and punch the number for the horse(s) the guest “bets” on and return the card to the guest.  If any of those “bets” finish in the top three, guests will bring their punched to the cashier.  The cashier will give three prize tickets for a first place finish, two tickets for a second place finish, and one ticket for a third place finish.  We’ll repeat the process until we have run all the races.

 At the end of the night, guests will submit their prize tickets for many chances to win a raffle item.

Fritters with Fought; Free | Fri., Jan. 27, 2023 | 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Join the OTA’s Executive Director, Heidi M. Fought, for fritters and coffee Friday morning. This is a great networking opportunity, especially for first-time conference attendees.

Luncheon; $35 per ticket | Fri., Jan. 27, 2023 | 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
How to Lead Progress in a World of Change? It’s a question worth asking, and this year’s luncheon speaker, Dean Lindsay, will share how In these uncharted times, it is VITAL that we Create Work Cultures Focused on ‘Progress Leadership ®’ and not Change Management. Be sure to grab a ticket for the 2022 luncheon when you register!

For More Information:

Michael Zaky
Michael Zaky
Director of Education & Events OTA (614)863-0045

Availability limited. Housing is not guaranteed after January 6, 2023. Please click here for the state hotel tax exemption form.

Hotel Pricing: 

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.