The VAD Academy

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. Register now to join us at the Hartford VAD Academy on Nov. 6-7!

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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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Neighborhoods by Numbers: An Introduction to Finding and Using Small Area Data 

This helpful guide will show readers how to effectively use data to shape planning and revitalization decisions for their community. Download your copy today! 

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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 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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The call for RVP 2018 session proposals now open! 

We're looking for fresh, practical session proposals that connect to the 2018 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference theme, “Groundswell: Rising to the Challenge.” Download the RFP today and submit your proposal by the September 29, 2017 deadline!

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Bring national expertise to your community through our new Place-Based Trainings! 

Through our new Place-Based Trainings program, key stakeholders in a community can come together for a shared, customized learning experience, and be equipped with the practical knowledge and skills needed to strengthen revitalization work.  

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