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President’s Preview

Written by on May 21, 2013

In just under four months, practitioners, policymakers and researchers from around the country will gather for the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties (RVP) conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Like previous RVP conferences in Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cleveland and New Orleans, this national conference will convene between 600 and 1,000 participants, all of whom are working to prevent blight…

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What Creating a Stable Neighborhood Really Means by Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress

Written by on May 21, 2013

Originally posted by Alan Mallach in National Housing Institute’s Rooflines Blog, May 14, 2013. Community Progress Senior Fellow, Alan Mallach, discusses the basic principles of neighborhood stabilization and what actions cities should be taking to achieve it in Rooflines, the Shelterforce/National Housing Institute blog. Last month I wrote about why Project Rebuild is basically a…

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Transferring lessons and making connections: State caucuses

Written by on May 21, 2013

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference provides a unique opportunity for sharing and learning among peers grappling with the challenges of vacant and problem properties. This sharing happens in many different settings — workshops, tours, receptions and, of course, conversations in the hallway. At Community Progress, we continue to look for ways to encourage both formal…

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The road to passing the Pennsylvania Land Bank Act

Written by on May 21, 2013

In October 2012, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett signed into law the Land Bank Act (PA Act 153) enabling all counties and municipalities with populations of 10,000 or more, and consortiums of smaller municipalities, to create land banks. At the signing, the Governor expressed optimism, “This is a bill about community revitalization and protecting property values…

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Visit Philadelphia the RVP way

Written by on May 21, 2013

Community Progress considers a number of factors when selecting a host city for Reclaiming Vacant Properties, but one of the most basic and critical questions we ask is: “Are the people in this city committed to addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by vacant properties?” Through our selection, we look to acknowledge good work and…

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Recipe for a successful conference: Local partners

Written by on May 21, 2013

A national conference takes a tremendous amount of work — it takes many more hands on deck than Community Progress has on staff. But we have been able to deliver a high-quality Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference time and again thanks to the dedication and hard work of the local planning committees in our host cities.…

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The BUILD Act of 2013: How EPA brownfield funds can create more sustainable communities by Kate O’Brien, Groundwork USA

Written by on May 1, 2013

In March, Groundwork USA came out with a report that extracted lessons from a decade of their local Trusts’ experiences, hoping that it could help others build on their successful model and advance policies to support equitable land regeneration in the nation’s distressed communities. Here, Kate O’Brien, Groundwork USA’s Director of Outreach and Network Development,…

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