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It’s rooted in you: Reflecting on the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on November 17, 2016

Back in September, 1,100 change-makers from 37 states and 5 countries gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for the seventh Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. Themed “In Service of People and Place,” the conference looked at how work to reclaim vacant properties can improve the wellbeing of residents and the places they call home. As the dust has…


Are Land Banking Strategies Different in Rural Communities? Program Officer Courtney Knox Dives in on the Topic

Written by on July 23, 2012

Back in April, I attended the Small Town & Rural Development Conference, held in Thompsonville, Michigan.  While there, I gave a presentation on Land Banks in Small Towns and Rural Communities and, of course, invited everyone to attend the 7th Annual Land Bank Conference in Kalamazoo this fall! Despite the very specific title of the…