Ohio City Incorporated

Focus your vision. Find your voice. Plan for action. Communicate results.

“SDP does fantastic work. They helped OCI’s board and staff come together with the community to create a strategic plan that will help our organization continue building Ohio City into one of the premier neighborhoods and destinations in Northeast Ohio. They bring great perspective, but also become part of your team – which is why we’ve kept them around to guide our work in other important board and staff-related strategic areas.”

- JoAnn Uhlik, OCI Board Chair

We were selected to manage OCI’s strategic planning process, which included framing key issues, facilitating a steering committee of board and neighborhood stakeholders, engaging an unprecedented number of community members, and producing the organization’s final plan.

We conducted more than 20 one-on-one interviews, managed eight stakeholder focus groups, facilitated board and staff retreats, and surveyed more than 600 people in the community. That input helped drive the creation of a dynamic plan that connected OCI’s mission and message under four strategic pillars: People, Place, Promotion, and Policy.

The OCI strategic planning process is just one highlight of our work in this area. We have worked with many organizations on strategic planning, including Cleveland Tenants OrganizationProvidence House, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, Urban Community School, and Tremont West Development Corporation.