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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 Academy

(Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academies)

November 6-7, 2017 | Hartford, Connecticut

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The Center for Community Progress VAD Academy is a critical training opportunity 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: Local Ordinances: The Building Blocks of Code Enforcement

September 28, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

A code enforcement department is only as good as the regulatory tools it has on the books, and the systems that are in place to use those tools. Many ordinances have been on the books for years and do not reflect up-to-date state law. Others may or may not be appropriate for current neighborhood conditions. In other cases, the ordinances on the books are well-crafted, but aren’t wielded as strategically as they could be. It isn’t always clear how to analyze the existing regulatory framework or where to look for best practices to implement. This webinar is an opportunity to take a step back and explore what makes a code enforcement ordinance equitable, efficient, and effective. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the components of effective and ineffective local code enforcement ordinances and explore examples from other cities of ordinances that work well and those that haven’t. At the end of this webinar, participants will be better-equipped to undertake an analysis of their own local ordinances, with a clearer sense of what best practices to consider in shaping (or re-shaping) their regulatory framework.

Instructor: Matthew Kreis, Assistant General Counsel for National Initiatives, Center for Community Progress


Cornerstone: Lots of Potential: Vacant Land Reuse 101

October 26, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Maybe houses were demolished—one, or dozens, or many, many more. Or a factory moved out of town and its buildings were knocked down. Perhaps both! Whatever the reason, your community finds itself with a surplus of vacant land. What does it take to develop an effective plan for vacant land reuse – and how can you translate that plan into action? This webinar will walk you through the foundations of vacant land reuse planning and implementation. It will explore the roles of data, policy, and processes, community engagement, project design, and maintenance. And because vacant land often exists in the context of historic (and continuing) power imbalances that prevent some groups from accessing, or having a say in, vacant land reuse, the process will focus on equity, and meeting community needs, at all stages. You’ll walk away with a clearer sense of next steps to develop a vacant land reuse strategy in your community.

Instructor: Andrew Butcher, Consultant - Center for Community Progress & Executive Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University


Cornerstone: Understanding the Fundamentals of Property Markets

November 16, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

How real estate markets work, and the flow of demand and supply for a neighborhood’s land and buildings, determines many aspects of a neighborhood’s trajectory. This includes house prices, whether buyers are homebuyers or investors, and whether owners are improving their properties or allowing them to deteriorate. When trying to address issues of vacancy and abandonment, it is crucial to understand the role markets and demand play in creating and perpetuating problem properties, including abandonment, tax delinquency, and the activities of predatory landlords. Understanding the neighborhood’s market fundamentals can enable one to understand what strategies are most likely to be effective, and affect one’s ability to successfully implement an equitable revitalization strategy. This webinar explores how markets work, the relationship between markets, vacant properties, and owner behavior, and how those three factors combined impact neighborhood outcomes.

Instructor: Danielle Lewinski, Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress


Partner Events


Congress for the New Urbanism Climate Summit

September 29-30, 2017 | Alexandria, Virginia

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CNU’s Climate Summit  will tap the collective expertise of national nonprofits, local governments, citizen groups, and designers. The Climate Summit will draw upon over a hundred combined years of learning and wisdom about climate resilience, mitigation, and adaptation. Take this opportunity to gain the latest learning from peers and experts, including Calthorpe Analytics, ICLEI USA, Architecture 2030, Rebuild by Design, the New York City Planning Department, USGBC, Natural Resources Defense Council, Urban Land Institute. Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Rocky Mountain Institute, and more.


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