Community Progress Blog

Dallas, Detroit, Gary and Trenton awarded technical assistance scholarships

Written by on January 29, 2015
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Community Progress launched the competitive Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) in 2014, to help us find and support today’s pioneers in the work to reclaim and revitalize problem properties. TASP seeks out “changemakers” who are improving the field of practice, and it helps those leaders effect positive change on the ground. Today, we’re pleased to…


Justin Godard comes on board with the National Leadership and Education team

Written by on November 21, 2014
Justin Godard

We are pleased to welcome Justin Godard as a program associate on the National Leadership and Education team at Community Progress. Here’s what he has to say about coming on board: How did you first become interested in the community development and urban planning fields? I feel as though the story behind how I got into community development…


NeighborWorks honors Alan Mallach as a “visionary leader in community development”

Written by on October 30, 2014
Credit: NeighborWorks America

For anyone who knows Alan Mallach, senior fellow at Community Progress, it shouldn’t be a shock that he’s being honored as a “visionary leader in community development.” He has dedicated his life’s work to helping communities across the country develop creative, equitable community revitalization strategies. NeighborWorks America chose Alan as one of their 2014 “visionary leaders in community development”…


New York’s land banks report statewide progress

Written by on October 8, 2014
NYSLB Report Cover

Today, the New York Land Bank Association (NYLBA) released New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities, a report on the early accomplishments of the state’s first nine land banks over the last two years. It’s the first publication to be released by NYLBA, a statewide network of the nine land…


Natalie Pruett: New Community Progress hire lends unique viewpoint as Flint native

Written by on September 30, 2014
Natalie Pruett Bio Photo

We are pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Natalie Pruett, Program Officer of Michigan Initiatives, to the Community Progress team. To introduce her, we asked her a few questions about her work and her perspective as a native Flintonian. Here are her thoughts: How did you first get interested in working on urban revitalization,…


Building a movement: Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit

Written by on June 25, 2014

“You’re going to be the vanguard for what will become a movement across the nation.” That was the call to action George McCarthy issued during a keynote address to the nearly 100 attendees at the Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit (MLBLS), who represented over 30 counties throughout the State of Michigan, primarily as land bank staff…


10 new land banks authorized in New York!

Written by on June 11, 2014
Photo Credit: Jenn Durfey

(Learn more about what New York”s land banks are up to in the new report,  “New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities.”) The number of land banks in New York is now set to double in the coming years. The New York State Legislature passed a bill yesterday to…


It looks different around here: Our new brand, and what it means

Written by on May 28, 2014

It’s looking a little different around here today. And it feels a little different, too. Today marks the public culmination of our strategic planning and rebranding process. Over the past year, we’ve done some soul-searching. The peak of the foreclosure crisis has passed, but its impacts continue to hurt neighborhoods around the country. Other communities…


Finding common ground in the fight against blight

Written by on May 20, 2014
Milwaukee CPLI Small Group

Originally posted on The Catalyst: Ideas and Insights from Living Cities As a part of the Project on Municipal Innovation (PMI) – A network of Mayoral chiefs of staff and policy leaders from 35 of the country’s largest and most creative U.S. cities that Living Cities convenes biannually with the Ash Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School –…


New release! Guide to redeveloping vacant commercial properties

Written by on May 6, 2014
Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities - Greater Ohio Policy Center

There’s a new resource available for communities tackling a challenging subset of blighted properties: commercial vacant properties. Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities: A Guidebook for Linking Property Reuse and Economic Growth is available to download for free. Greater Ohio Policy Center developed the free guidebook – the first of its kind – in…