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Events

Community Progress hosts trainings and other educational events around the country. Here, you’ll find information about our upcoming events, including registration (if applicable), as well as the events of partner organizations.

 

Our Events

 

2017 VAD Academies  

(Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academies)

May 31-June 1, 2017  - Indianapolis, Indiana  (Registration is now closed.)

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November 6-7, 2017 - Hartford, Connecticut

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Center for Community Progress’ VAD Academies are critical training opportunities for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders working to resolve property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. Appropriate for communities just beginning to develop a strategy as well as those seeking to strengthen longstanding efforts, the VAD Academies are unusual in their comprehensive approach. Rather than focusing narrowly on one particular tool or technique, this rigorous, two-day training equips leaders with the ability to understand and influence cross-cutting systems.

 

2018 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 15-17, 2018

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The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) is the only national conference dedicated to strengthening communities through innovative solutions for vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. From May 15-17, 2018, RVP is expected to draw approximately 1,000 professionals to Milwaukee for 60+ engaging sessions and other learning opportunities. This year's theme is “Groundswell: Rising to the Challenge.” It will celebrate the growing movement of people dedicated to revitalizing distressed communities, and will explore how to harness that energy to tackle the difficult fiscal and policy challenges communities face today.

 

Our Webinars

 

Cornerstone: Understanding How Neighborhoods Affect Landlord Behavior 101

June 22, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Whether an owner will invest in maintaining a rental property is largely influenced by the property market in that neighborhood. The most effective rental regulation strategies adjust their approaches to enforcement based on these varying conditions. This webinar helps practitioners understand how to move toward a market-informed approach to rental enforcement in order to increase the stock of safe, well-maintained rental housing in all neighborhoods. Participants will learn how to analyze neighborhood-by-neighborhood property market conditions. They’ll then look at the relationship between those conditions and landlord behavior. Examples of tailored, market-informed rental enforcement from other cities will clarify how this approach can work in practice. Participants will learn how enforcement can be tailored based on, for example, the presence of problem landlords and of responsible landlords, complaint frequencies, or the concentration of student housing. All options will be appropriate for cities working with a tight or shrinking budget; in fact, the overall approach is intended to help cities maximize resource efficiency while also remaining effective and equitable.

Instructor: Nicole Heyman, Director of New Orleans Initiatives and Advisor on National Leadership and Education, Center for Community Progress

 

Cornerstone: Engaging Community and Forming Partnerships: A Core Component of Land Banking

July 27, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

There is no substitute for the engagement of community residents and other stakeholders who understand a community’s history and goals. Most successful land banks have found creative and consistent ways to engage residents and form other nonprofit, public, and private partnerships to shape priorities for land bank interventions and develop short and long-term strategies. This webinar will present methods for land banks to go beyond just informing community residents and other stakeholders of the land bank’s vision and activities, instead ensuring that residents and others play an integral, institutionalized role in shaping and implementing land bank strategies on the front end. It will explore board, advisory group, and staffing decisions, resident education strategies, and multi-channel outreach efforts to partners who are working toward similar goals. This webinar will also explore how land banks can implement practices that affirm a strong commitment to inclusiveness in decision-making and disposition.

Instructor: Tarik Abdelazim, Associate Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress

 

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