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Technical Assistance 

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.


Technical assistance and capacity building have been core services offered by Community Progress since its inception in 2010. To date, Community Progress has provided support to more than 100 communities in 22 states. Community Progress deploys staff from its offices in Flint, Michigan; Washington, D.C; and New Orleans, Louisiana, and calls upon its national team of expert advisors and consultants to assess, reform, develop and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in communities across the U.S.


This year marks the beginning of Community Progress’ national Technical Assistance Scholarship Program. To learn more about this program, click here.  


Primary technical assistance is provided on a fee-for-service basis. Please review our Areas of Assistance, Sample Projects and Reports, Forms of Assistance, and instructions for Requesting Technical Assistance below. 


AREAS OF ASSISTANCE

  • General assessment of systems and tools related to vacant, abandoned and problem properties
  • Strategic code enforcement
  • Tax foreclosure reform
  • Land banks and land banking
  • Maintenance and reuse planning


SAMPLE PROJECTS AND REPORTS


FORMS OF ASSISTANCE

Technical assistance ranges from diagnostic and evaluative services (what is the problem) to the development of legislative and/or programmatic responses (recommendations) to program implementation and maintenance services (action).

  • Phone consultation and general inquiries
  • Education/Training
  • General assessment and analysis of systems and tools
  • Legislative review, drafting and testimony
  • Implementation support
  • Ongoing support/relationship management
  • Research and resource dissemination

 

REQUESTING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

To request national technical assistance, please complete the Technical Assistance Request Form and email to Kim Graziani, Vice President and Director of National Technical Assistance at kgraziani@communityprogress.net.


To request technical assistance in Michigan, please contact Danielle Lewinski, Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives at dlewinski@communityprogress.net.


To request technical assistance in Louisiana, please contact Nicole Heyman, Vice President and Director of Louisiana Initiatives at nheyman@communityprogress.net.