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Mobile Workshops

Sunday, October 14, 2012 (3:30-5:30 pm)

Transforming Brownfields
Brownfields can be among a community’s most challenging reuse projects – but smart planning and community commitment can transform brownfields into engines for jobs and economic activity. This tour showcases the work of the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to transform a range of brownfields in the metro area into productive reuse. These projects have moved beyond remediation of formerly contaminated sites: today these newly reclaimed spaces serve as arenas for the creation and retention of local jobs. Tour stops will include Beckan Industries, being converted from a former Goodwill Industries site; the Davis Creek Business Park, being assembled on the site of a former refinery; and the Midlink Business Park, a former GM stamping plant.


Speakers:  Lee Adams, Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority; Eric Kemmer, City of Kalamazoo


Monday, October 15, 2012 (3:30-5:30 pm)

Jumpstarting Revitalization with Neighborhood Anchors
Neighborhood anchors have enormous potential to serve as a locus for reinvestment and renewal. This tour will showcase the Kalamazoo County Land Bank’s efforts to focus new building, rehabs, greening initiatives and other projects in areas near existing or planned neighborhood anchors. Stops along the tour include a 23-unit single-family development near the local farmers’ market and hospital; investment in a large commercial demolition and creative interim use near a vibrant historic library and successful anchor commercial business; a visit to rehabbed homes adjacent to a popular community garden and new construction and land assembly near a major health center expansion.


Speakers:  Mary Balkema, Kalamazoo County; Kelly Clarke, Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority; Laura Lam,  City of Kalamazoo; Kristen Ramer, Local Initiative Support Corporation


Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (8:30 -10:30 am)

Using Green Space to Rebuild Communities
Learn about the wide variety of greening efforts that Kalamazoo’s land bank is making possible in the city. Among the places we’ll visit are a neighborhood garden shed near the site of a popular local adopt-a-lot garden, neighborhood sidelot transformations and a student-run community garden. The workshop will also showcase an interim green space plan featuring a large lot on a main commercial corridor – providing inspiration and jumpstarting local economic activity.


Speakers:  Catie Boring, Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority; Mike Flynn, Byce Architects and Engineers; Ken Peregon, O'Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Associates, Inc.

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Training Workshops

Sunday, October 14, 2012 (3:30 - 5:30pm)

Land Banking 101
Whether you hail from an urban or rural community, land banks can be adapted to fit your neighborhood’s needs. Join the nation’s leading experts in the land banking field to take an in-depth look at how to form, fund and operate a land bank. The session will provide participants with an understanding of the various purposes for which land banks are formed, how land banks are structured to conform to the political and market environments in which they are located, and offer insights into a variety of ways to finance land bank operations and redevelopment projects. In the second part of the session, land bank representatives from across the country will join session attendees in a facilitated discussion to answer the moderator’s questions – and yours – about how these concepts have played out on the ground.


Speakers:  Michael Freeman, Center for Community Progress; Amy Hovey, Center for Community Progress


Building an Effective Code Enforcement System
Code enforcement operations can help prevent properties from becoming vacant, keep neighborhoods healthy and safe and even catalyze revitalization – but only if they’re well-designed and effectively used – and in an era of reduced revenue and increasing blight, it is more important than ever to effectively develop and manage code enforcement resources. Speakers and participants will use case studies and personal examples of successes (and failures) to explore these issues, and will also look at central components of effective code enforcement departments, from methods that help replenish your budget (using administrative civil penalties, full cost recovery, collections, lien foreclosure and more) to those that enhance or detract from your efforts (including data and filing systems). This session will also help point out the landmines to avoid while attempting to manage and motivate a code enforcement system and team.


Speakers:  Nicole Heyman, Center for Community Progress; Doug Leeper, Center for Community Progress


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Concurrent Session 1

Monday, October 15, 2012 (10:30am - 12:00pm)

From Vacant to Available: Removing Invisible Fences as a Reuse & Revitalization Strategy
Creative reuse of vacant land can reduce blight, beautify and remediate the environment, increase access to fresh, healthy foods and most importantly, build social capital and create economic opportunities within a community. Additionally, when vacant lots are made available to responsible new owners, the demand for surrounding property rises and property values stabilize or even increase. Learn about cutting edge strategies to redevelop vacant lots and the properties surrounding them by increasing public access to these spaces, explore the possibilities offered by innovative adoption and side-lot agreements, vacant land leases and more and learn how to prepare land for greening alternatives. Speakers bring their experience from the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Genessee County Land Bank, The Greening of Detroit and the Michigan Department of Agriculture.


Speakers:  Catie Boring, Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority; Brad Deacon, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development; Sarah Hayosh, The Greening of Detroit; Natalie Pruett, Genesee County Land Bank Authority


Working Outside the Box: Land Banking Outside of Common County Models or in the Absence of Land Bank Legislation
Cities and counties across the country are operating successful land banking programs in a variety of legislative environments: some are in states without state-enabling legislation, and others are in counties that haven’t taken advantage of all tools offered in their existing laws. This session takes an in-depth look at these scenarios – including the creation and maintenance of land banks and land reutilization funds by municipal coalitions in states without land bank legislation, and in regions where counties are not utilizing specific tools provided in prevailing state land bank laws. We’ll look closely at two particular endeavors: the creation of a land bank by three suburban municipalities located south of Chicago and a land banking project jumpstarted by three inner-ring suburban municipalities north of Detroit. The session will also detail the unique structure and alliances associated with these entities, including the establishment of an independent nonprofit organization that maintains intergovernmental agreements with participating municipalities and other essential state and local government entities. In addition, the session will look at strategies to help ensure the ability of these innovative entities to meet their goals and sustain their missions.


Speakers:  Jeff Campbell, City of Hazel Park; Adam Gross, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest; Rob Grossinger, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; Shelly O'Brian, City of Hazel Park



When Function Follows Form: The Value of Creating State Land Bank Authorities
A state-wide land bank exercises unique authority, and is able to leverage relationships among a variety of state agencies to effectively achieve economic and community development goals. To date, only one state-wide land bank agency exists in the United States: Michigan’s Land Bank Fast Track Authority (LBFTA.) Learn about the tools this kind of agency possesses to augment and assist local and regional partners (including county land banks) in their efforts to foster effective local development projects – and how this kind of agency can enhance a state's broad community development objectives and promote economic dynamism for both the state and for local units of government.


Speaker:  Kevin Francart, State of Michigan Land Bank Fast Track AuthorityMark Morante, Michigan Economic Development Corporation


Integrating Placemaking and Land Banking for Economic Development and Community Building
Land banking is a powerful and effective revitalization tool for cleaning up blight, demolishing dangerous structures and assembling land that can create the dynamics for future community and economic development. Placemaking is a potent place and community-driven process of civic empowerment that leads to transformative change and healthier neighborhoods. The integration of these two community and economic development approaches is critical for the future health of America’s weak market cities. This session specifically defines placemaking in the context of weak market environments and takes a close look at issues and case studies associated with creating “neighborhoods of choice” when current neighborhood property markets are in serious decline. The session will also focus on the potential for land banks to leverage their property management capacity to partner with localized placemaking efforts. An opportunity to learn about the State of Michigan’s placemaking initiatives will also be covered, featuring specialized resources available to Michigan’s weak market urban areas, plus a discussion about how this approach has applications for cities and towns in other states.  


Speakers:  Ian Beniston, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation; Nigel Griswold, Center for Community Progress; Eric Schertzing, Ingham County; Jim Tischler, Michigan State Housing Development Authority


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Concurrent Session 2

Monday, October 15, 2012 (1:45pm - 3:15pm)

Action-Oriented Strategic Planning for Land Banks
Land banks need a strategic direction to generate lasting positive impacts in their communities, but translating the generalized language of strategic plans into concrete actions and frameworks for continuous improvement can be challenging. This session will explore the Ingham County Land Bank’s comprehensive 2012 strategic planning and action process, including interviews with stakeholders, defining and refining a logic model/strategic plan and creating a process map to help convert the plan into action and provide feedback for improvement. Presenters will also lead in interactive visual presentation and discussion about alternative activities that land banks can consider for their own strategy and action planning. Participants will sharpen their knowledge around key planning principles and elements, and come away with an understanding of why strategy and action planning are important, the tools and processes, how to use logic models and process maps and available resources for next steps.


Speakers:  Jeffrey Padden, Public Policy Associates, Inc.; Mary Ruttan, Ingham County Land Bank Authority; Eric Schertzing, Ingham County; Nathalie Winans, Public Policy Associates, Inc.

Anchoring Your Efforts: Partnering with Local Universities to Revitalize Communities
Local educational institutions have needs and aspirations that dovetail with land banks – from quality housing to economic development. This session will look at two dynamic examples of land bank/university partnerships that are creating opportunity and revitalizing their neighborhoods. Genesee County Habitat for Humanity and the University of Michigan-Flint Entrepreneurs Society have partnered with the Genesee County Land Bank Authority and other stakeholders to create work/live projects in under-served neighborhoods, with the goal of identifying potential entrepreneurs interested in creating for-profit businesses based on the area's needs and integrating them into Habitat for Humanity space.  Restoration Works, a partnership between a community based organization, a government entity and an educational institution in Lansing, Michigan, has crafted an innovative collaborative that is inspiring home renovation, neighborhood revitalization and community-based learning that showcases green technologies. This session will focus on mutually-defining community problems that lend themselves to collaborative solutions, identifying features that are critical for program and partner success and developing a plan to engage potential partners and related assets. 


Speakers:  George Berghorn, Lansing Community College; Margaret Kato, Genesee County Habitat for Humanity; Joan Nelson, Allen Neighborhood Center; Gannon O’Reilly, University of Michigan - Flint Entrepreneurs Society; Dr. Michael Witt, University of Michigan Flint


Banking Alone: Land Banking Within Redevelopment Authorities Versus Independent Entities
Many new land banks have been established as standalone organizations in recent years; at the same time, existing redevelopment authorities have begun to practice land banking as one of their core functions. While land banks benefit from being single-purpose entities with authorities that are tailored to that specific purpose, redevelopment authorities enjoy access to other powers and reinvestment programs not typically included in a land bank. This session will help stakeholders understand the advantages and disadvantages of housing a land banking program within a redevelopment authority versus an independent entity so they can make informed decisions about how to structure land banking operations. Hear from experienced practitioners from both sides of the aisle – redevelopment authorities and independent entities – to learn about the advantages, challenges and opportunities that each approach offers.


Speakers:  Jean Derenzy, Grand Traverse County Planning and Development Office; Sara Toering, Center for Community Progress; David Lessinger, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; Kyra Straussman, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh


Repurposing and Redeveloping Automotive Manufacturing and Other Challenging Industrial Sites
While the closure of automotive manufacturing facilities has been occurring for decades, the rate of plant closures reached epidemic proportion between 2004 and 2011. These types of industrial closures have put extraordinary strain on the communities in which they are located. Serious issues that communities confront when industrial sites are shuttered include the loss of jobs and tax base, the surplus of manufacturing facilities, the costs of maintaining or demolishing these buildings and the potential for blight and subsequent loss of property values in the surrounding areas. Despite these challenges, some communities have had success in turning these properties into productive use again, both in the Midwest and throughout the nation. Where repurposing is not an immediate option because of the age or condition of the site, communities are using a variety of planning and financing tools to first envision the potential for the site and then acquire and redevelop these brownfield sites for beneficial use. The City of Flint is one such community that has recognized that former automotive manufacturing sites are vital to the future health of their community, and local stakeholders now view these sites as assets rather than liabilities. This panel will lay out the state of repurposed plants at a national level and in the Midwest, look at why some sites remain idle and offer strategies for repurposing and redeveloping these sites. The session will include a discussion of the specific challenges and opportunities the City of Flint has confronted in turning former auto sites into productive reuse.


Speakers:  Valerie Brugeman, Center for Automotive Research; John D’Addona, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.;  Steve Montle, Center for Community Progress


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Concurrent Session 3

Monday, October 15, 2012 (3:30 - 5pm)

The Rental Option: Strategies for Effective Scattered Site Rental Management
Communities across the country are considering renting vacant properties as an option to stem the cycle of distress and reduce blight, just as many organizations are considering renting single-family units they are unable to sell due to tight credit guidelines and a slow market. Managing a portfolio of scattered site rental properties can be a major operational challenge, but if done well can be an effective strategy to return vacant units to productive use, supply safe and affordable housing options, and stabilize neighborhoods.   Join a panel of experts including representatives from the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, Homeport, Capital Access and NeighborWorks America in exploring effective scattered site rental management strategies and be part of the discussion on how land banks can use scattered site rental programs to reduce blight, manage inventory and generate revenue for other programs.   


Speakers:  William Brett, Homeport; Jeremey Newberg, Capital Access, Inc.; Ascala Sisk, NeighborWorks America; Douglas Weiland, Genesee County Land Bank Authority

Code Enforcement: An Essential, Effective Land Reuse Tool
Whether contending with the consequences of a single vacant home or blocks of abandoned lots and commercial buildings, issues related to code enforcement are essential to effective problem-solving for neighborhoods, towns and cities. In addition, redevelopment authorities are increasingly viewing – and using – code enforcement as an effective tool for stabilization and redevelopment of residential and commercial corridors. Join us to learn about how this frequently underappreciated and underutilized resource can be used as part of the toolkit for land banks and related agencies in the fight against foreclosure and property abandonment. Learn how land banks can deploy resources for effective property acquisition through strategic code enforcement – and how code enforcement can function as the first responder to vacant, abandoned and problem property. Find out how code enforcement can maintain a sense of community order, protect property values and stabilize distressed communities; how current code enforcement programs can adapt to the current housing industry; and how partnerships between municipalities, CDCs, developers, neighboring communities, citizen groups and others have given code enforcement initiatives new life and new potency in the effort to revitalize neighborhoods.


Speakers:  Pura Bascos, City of New Orleans; Nicole Heyman, Center for Community Progress; Doug Leeper, Center for Community Progress; David Lessinger, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority


Getting to REO First: How Landbanks Use the First Look REO Purchase Program to Reclaim Foreclosures
The National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) launched the nation’s original First Look REO purchase program at the end of 2008.  First Look provides community-based housing organizations with exclusive window of access to acquire foreclosed (real-estate owned or REO) properties before they are listed on the open market by financial institutions. The benefits to communities that participate in First Look have been multifold: the ability to get the first crack at new REO properties before real estate investors, pricing concessions extended by participating financial institutions that reflect their cost savings from a quicker REO sale, REO transactions that meet NSP requirements, and through NCST, community buyers have coordinated access First Look REO Listings from 14 of the largest financial institutions in the nation. This session will explore how Land Banks have utilized the First Look REO acquisition model to take control of vacant and abandoned residential properties as part of community stabilization efforts and how First Look continues to be a valuable tool for communities as the market for foreclosed properties evolves.  The Twin Cities Community Land Bank and Wells Fargo—NCST’s first partners in launching First Look—are joined on this panel by the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority.


Speakers:  Margo Geffen, Twin Cities Community Land Bank; Chris Norman, Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority;  Tyler Smith, Wells Fargo; Dawn Stockmo, National Community Stabilization Trust


Building and Winning a Successful Advocacy Strategy
Community stakeholders must design and carry out winning advocacy strategies in order to implement progressive land use plans and policies to combat problem properties. In this interactive and engaging session you’ll hear from national, local and statewide advocates about the nuts and bolts of creating a campaign plan. Experts will discuss elements of planning and executing a successful campaign, including polling, grassroots outreach, identifying targets and ensuring a win. Whether you’re just starting and  looking to learn about building a policy coalition, or are well underway and wondering how to deal with difficult legislators, this session will help you get to the next level of success.


Speakers:  Jennifer Leonard, Center for Community Progress; Mara Register, City of Valdosta; Diane Sterner, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey; Steve Tobocman, New Solutions Group, LLC


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Concurrent Session 4

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (9 - 10:30am)

Building Effective Land Banks Through Community Engagement 
Traditional models of community participation have not always proven to be effective at building trust and engaging residents in decisions around land reuse. During this session, you will learn about the experiences of groups working in three Midwestern cities – Youngstown, , Flint and Detroit – to create new forms of community engagement that empower residents to create change in their neighborhoods, and inspire partnerships that connect equity and respect with realistic, credible, and effective planning to revitalize local communities. Speakers will talk about undertaking innovative community engagement work around neighborhood planning, including how to reenergize trust and inspire support among grassroots groups and local residents. Takeaways include a better understanding of how to effectively support active community involvement and understand the importance of recognizing the historical context of race and land use to engage residents in productive conversations about land banking.


Speakers:  Ian Beniston, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation; Khalia Ligon, Lower Eastside Action Plan; Christina Kelly, Genesee County Land Bank Authority; Regina Laurie, Building Neighborhood Power


Aligning Technology to Maximize Operational Success
Technology often brings with it a promise of process improvements, greater efficiencies and significant economic benefit over time–all of which are crucial to the successful implementation and maintenance of a land bank. Adequate software allows for land bank staff to focus more of their efforts on building stronger communities. In the past, land banks have lacked a tool that will manage, report, and track activities- and the real on-the-ground progress, efficiently and effectively.  STR, the Center for Community Progress and public sector redevelopment and land bank authorities have established a collaborative model of engagement to architect ePropertyPlus.  Hear from the developers of the software and land bank authority’s staff who are implementing this software to adequately track their land bank activities from property acquisition to disposition and everything in between.  This interactive panel discussion will highlight aspects of the framework used to guide the working partnership, as well as case studies, tips and techniques, and candid dialog as to what worked well and where improvements could be made relative to common business drivers for change across the land banking community. 


Speakers:  Catie Boring, Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority; Cathleen Carney, STR, LLC; Kelly Clarke, Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority; Courtney Knox, Center for Community Progress; Susan Roarke, STR, LLC


Crime and Abandonment:  Approaches to Preventing Both in Your Community
Although it’s sometimes difficult to determine which came first, vacant properties and crime are often linked. Unattended vacancy often contributes to neighborhood decline, which in turn can create an environment more hospitable to property crimes such as vandalism and theft, as well as drug activity, prostitution, and violence. The impact of foreclosures in neighborhoods has brought these problems to many communities in the U.S. This session will address the problem of crime due to abandoned and foreclosed properties by highlighting two key strategies: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and a three-pronged approach including Prevention, Enforcement and Reuse. Walk away from the discussion with a better understanding of how particular neighborhood activities and the design of physical space can contribute to the overall safety of a community. You will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles behind CPTED and the three-pronged approach, as well as, leave well-equipped with best practices to apply in your communities.


Speakers:  John DiPietro, National Crime Prevention Council; Kim Graziani, Center for Community Progress


Overcoming Policy Hurdles
Returning vacant and abandoned properties to productive reuse comes with many challenges for localities, especially when a disconnect between policy and economic conditions exists. This two-part panel discussion will discuss a couple of the common barriers faced by local governments and land banks in repurposing properties including the complications surrounding IRS tax liens and the overwhelming number of non-functional condominiums or plats in Michigan’s housing market. Panelists will discuss the renewal and redevelopment options available under the tax foreclosure process and the Michigan Land Division Act and help attendees to identify similar issues which can arise in other jurisdictions.


Speakers: Michael Brady, Center for Community Progress; Gregory Gamalski, Giarmarco Mullins & Horton P.C.; John Redash, Giffels Webster Engineers, Inc; Wayne Roberts, Dykema Gossett, PLLC


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Concurrent Session 5

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (10:45am - 12:15pm)

Filling the Funding Gap: How to Capture Redevelopment Incentives For Your Community
The credit crunch for consumers and small businesses that has gripped the nation in recent years extends to the arena of land reuse and development, as well. Now more than ever, it’s critical for communities and their governments to identify innovative incentives and financing mechanisms that encourage reuse of distressed and abandoned buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure. This session will explore the range of opportunities, both old and new, that have come online in recent years to fill the funding gap for local and regional governments and allow communities to undertake redevelopment projects that otherwise would not be feasible. Panelists will focus on grant funding, tax credits and tax increment financing techniques that have leveraged finite local resources for broader area benefit. Walk away with an in-depth understanding of the types of financing that are available to communities and groups, what eligible uses these financing tools allow and what kinds of application requirements projects must meet to win funding.


Speakers:  Michael Freeman, Center for Community Progress; Marjorie Green, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis; Robbert McKay, State of Michigan Historic Preservation Office and Michigan State Housing Development Authority; Benjamin Tallerico, Beckett & Raeder, Inc.


Building Collaborative Models With Community Land Trusts
While land banks are ideal structures for acquiring and remediating property and preparing it for reuse by clearing title, removing hazards and eliminating other obstacles, sometimes assistance with exit strategies is necessary – and that’s where community land trusts (CLTs) can come in. CLTs in their most basic form retain the land underneath a building and lease the use of that land to a new owner – with lease covenants assuring that the property is used for the benefit of the community, while guaranteeing that current and future residents benefit from revitalization as development continues. Among America’s more than 250 community land trusts, many are developing or exploring relationships with municipal land banks. In Atlanta, one of the nation’s oldest land banks is building a model of collaboration with local community land trusts, and in Philadelphia – spurred by the possibility of state-enabling legislation – the recently established Community Justice Land Trust is working with the city and other stakeholders to craft municipal land bank legislation to support the beneficial reuse of property by land trusts and other community-based developers and in New Orleans, the Crescent City Land Trust is working with the city's redevelopment agency to create a strategy for the long-term use of nearly 10,000 vacant properties. Learn about the challenges and opportunities of building a mutually supportive working relationship between land banks and community land trusts from key participants in these efforts.


Speakers: Miriam Axel-Lute, National Housing Institute; Jill Feldstein, Women’s Community Revitalization Project; Chris Norman, Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority; Tony Pickett, Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative; Van Temple, Crescent City Community Land Trust


What Vacant Property Campaigns Can Mean For Your Community
As a result of the housing crisis, vacant properties are no longer confined to the inner rings of old deteriorating industrial cities.  In places like Michigan, it seems no community – rural, suburban or urban; higher, middle or lower income – is immune to the results of record high foreclosures, job loss, and population drain.  To strengthen the Michigan economy, we must create and preserve places where people want to live.  And no challenge destabilizes a community faster than vacant properties.   Localized approaches have had modest success in some communities, but vacancy is not going away.  We propose a statewide, coordinated initiative, accessible to all types of communities and targeted to leaders in multiple sectors.   Many partners at the state, local and national level are coming together to create the Michigan Vacant Property Campaign, a collaborative effort to address vacant properties through community based initiatives, policy reforms, systems development, and capacity building in Michigan and its communities.  Many of these strategies were honed by the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign (DVPC) created in 2007 to provide data-driven, market and asset-based, neighborhood-specific and strategic assistance to communities battling foreclosures. DVPC’s Vacant Property Planning Process has provided a framework for neighborhood groups to leverage assets and access investment and resources from philanthropic and government entities like the Detroit Land Bank Authority This session will unpack the DVPC’s planning process, its challenges and successes in target areas and look at how to create market-based interventions where some say there is no market. Special emphasis will be spent on planning in the midst of many parallel processes and on how to “recruit” an alignment of public and foundation resources to support revitalization.


Speakers:  Michael Brady, Center for Community Progress; Danielle Lewinski, Michigan Community Resources; Jamie Schriner-Hooper, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan


Everything You Need to Know About Being a Board Member:  A Guide to Serving on and Supporting Land Bank Boards
Never underestimate the power of a Board of Directors, the backbone behind any strong organization that can – and should – play a critical role in the success of any organization. The effectiveness of any Board stems from a complex set of factors that include quality of membership, those members’ understanding of their roles and responsibilities and the skill with which organizational staff manages their board relationships. Join this session to learn the basics – and the essentials – of effective board development and management. Topics will include board recruitment, legal duties, roles and responsibilities, committee structures and recognition programs, as well as important issues like good board meeting preparation and board management.


Speaker:  Amy Hovey, Center for Community Progress


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Keynote Speakers

Hunter Morrison, Program Director for the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium: "Legacy Cities: Planning and Acting in America’s Historically Industrial Communities"