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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.