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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 Academies  

(Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academies)

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


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


Break Free From the Status Quo: Creative Partnerships to Tackle Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties

July 11, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:15 pm EST: Click here for more info and to register 

Communities that are the most successful at tackling vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are the ones willing to experiment to challenge the status quo by breaking down silos and building creative partnerships. Learn from two communities, both recent scholarship winners through Community Progress’ Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP), that have taken nontraditional approaches to common property problems. The City of Dallas adopted a community prosecution model to the enforcement of housing and building code, embedding teams of well-trained code officers and lawyers throughout the City’s neighborhoods and partnering with local nonprofits. It’s helping to shift the paradigm of code enforcement from punitive to restorative, from adversarial to collaborative. In Toledo, Ohio, leaders breaking down silos between government and residents to address the maintenance and reuse of a large and growing inventory of publicly owned vacant lots: from the City’s efforts to pilot community-based maintenance strategies to the Lucas County Land Bank’s efforts to support resident-led open space planning and reuse strategies in one of the City’s most disinvested neighborhoods. Technical assistance scholarships, made possible with support from JPMorgan Chase Foundation, helped both cities better align these creative community partnerships with other local interventions and policies in order to support a more comprehensive, systems-based approach. This special webinar learning opportunity is available at no charge.


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: Kim Graziani, VP and Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress


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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.