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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 Webinars

RemakeBreak Webinar series

RemakeBreak is a free, monthly, Michigan-focused, lunchtime webinar series. It features bite-sized, 45-minute webinars that are designed to connect you to the research, ideas, and success stories that inform your work on problem properties and community development. Mark your calendar: RemakeBreak will take place from 12:00-12:45pm on the fourth Thursday of each month.

An Attorney’s Guide to Nuisance Abatement

October 29, 2015, 12:00 - 12:45pm: Registration

The Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) launched its Nuisance Abatement Program in the Spring of 2014. Since then, DLBA and the City of Detroit have made strides toward the ultimate goal: combating blight in order to rebuild dilapidated neighborhoods for the general health, safety, and welfare of the Detroit community.


Many practitioners and policy makers across the state have raised questions about how this type of a program can be implemented in their own communities. Join Becki Camargo from the DLBA to learn more about the DLBA’s process and what local ordinances need to be in place.

The conversation will focus on the questions that matter most to our attorney partners: how does DLBA draft the complaint? What steps does DLBA take to ensure minimum standards of constitutional due process are met, including providing notice of the nuisance abatement action to property owners and other interested parties? What is the process for opposing or appealing the action? When and how does title to the property transfer to DLBA?

Please join us to learn the answers to these questions and ask your own on Thursday, Oct. 29!


Our Events

Community Progress Code Enforcement Academy: Moving from Traditional to Transformative in Dallas, Texas.

November 16-17, 2015: Registration is now closed. Click here for information

At the national Code Enforcement Academy, you will be invited to look beyond the traditional and toward the potentially transformative role of code enforcement. You’ll explore a systemic, proactive approach that, when put into action, can enhance the ongoing traditional role of code enforcement and help your work make an even greater impact on your community.  


2016 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

September 28-30, 2016: Click here for information

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will explore the latest tools to strengthen neighborhoods that are being left behind in the housing recovery and continue to struggle with property challenges such as vacancy, abandonment, tax delinquency, foreclosure and disinvestment. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including efforts in Baltimore. 

Partner Webinars


Equitable Development: The Role of Brownfields Renewal, Community Land Trusts and Employee-Owned Businesses in Neighborhood Stability by the EPA.

October 14, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00pm: Registration

The foundation for creating strong, economically resilient and liveable communities is increasingly built upon a spectrum of place-based activities that develop improved tools and strategies. This workshop is designed to give participants practical tools and share insider views about pioneering community building models. 


Partner Events

No partner events are scheduled at this time. 


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2012 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference | June 20 - 22, 2012


Reclaiming Vacant Properties


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The fourth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will take place in New Orleans. Our theme is “Remaking America for the 21st Century.”

As always, conference sessions and activities will explore a wide variety of topics related to the challenges and opportunities presented by foreclosed, abandoned, blighted and other problem properties. But this time around, we’re also making even more of an effort to place these ideas in the broader context of the nation’s economic recovery and the future reinvention of America’s cities and towns. At Community Progress, we believe that land is the foundation upon which great places are built and that land reform strategies are key to creating cities and towns that are livable enough to retain and employ their current residents, and economically vibrant enough to compete for the jobs and population of the future. In other words, reclaiming vacant properties is a first step toward remaking America.


New Orleans is a perfect setting in which to explore this idea, since there is truly no other city in America that so exemplifies meeting the challenges of growth and renewal. This is particularly true since we’ve chosen the Hyatt Regency New Orleans as the location for the conference. The Hyatt will be reopening this fall for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. We are confident you’ll find New Orleans an exciting and inspiring place to gather.