2017 VAD Academies 

The VAD (Vacant, Abandoned, Deteriorated) Properties Training Academy is a rigorous, two-day training designed to equip leaders with the ability to understand and influence cross-cutting systems related to property challenges. 

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2018 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 

Save the date! RVP 2018 will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from May 15 – 17, 2018. Stay tuned for more details over the coming weeks and months! 

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Raising the Bar: Linking Landlord Incentives and Regulation through Rental Licensing

A short guide for local government officials to use rental licensing to raise the bar and ensure that landlords are responsible stewards of their properties.

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Land Banks and Land Banking, 2nd Edition

The groundbreaking book by Frank S. Alexander is back with a new second edition that features fresh research and insights.

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Land Bank Information Headquarters

Our one-stop hub for information on land banks and land banking, including an interactive map and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Join Vacant and Problem Properties Innovators on Linkedin

Discuss critical issues facing your community with others in the field through our new Linkedin group!

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Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places

Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the only national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched, systemic blight no longer exists in American communities. The mission of Community Progress is to ensure that communities have the vision, knowledge, and systems to transform blighted, vacant, and other problem properties into assets supporting neighborhood vitality.


As a national leader on solutions for blight and vacancy, Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state, and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization, from blight prevention, through the acquisition and maintenance of problem properties, to their productive reuse. Community Progress provides technical assistance to communities nationwide, hosts the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, and offers numerous other resources and services to help communities transform blighted properties into community assets. Major support for Community Progress is generously provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Ford Foundation. 

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Cornerstone Webinar

Cornerstone Webinars 

Join us April 27 for the "What is Strategic Code Enforcement?" webinar, the fourth installment in our new Cornerstone webinar series. 

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Credit: Center for Community Progress

From the Board Chair: Announcing a leadership transition at Community Progress

"It is with mixed emotions that I write, on behalf of the Board of Directors, to share with you the decision of our President and CEO, Tamar Shapiro, to leave the Center for Community Progress in the summer of 2017."

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