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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

 

2018 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 15-17, 2018

Registration is now open!

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

 

Power in Partnerships: Lessons from a Land Bank-Land Trust Partnership in Albany, New York

February 22, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Land banks and land trusts, while often sharing some common objectives, have rarely partnered with each other. In 2017, Community Progress, through its Technical Assistance Scholarship Program, worked with the Albany County Land Bank (ACLB) to explore partnership opportunities with the Albany Community Land Trust (ACLT). This engagement was a unique opportunity to address key barriers to establishing meaningful and sustained partnerships that land banks and community land trusts across the country have identified. By practically exploring a number of partnership opportunities, this engagement led to groundbreaking pilot initiatives, more thoughtful resident engagement activities, and efforts at systems change—from new disposition programs at the land bank to a more systematic focus on vacant land maintenance across the City. This webinar will summarize the project, highlight some short-term successes, and share lessons learned.

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

 

Ideas to Action: Vacant Land Reuse Project Design, Planning, and Implementation

March 22, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Vacancy challenges are not only about empty houses, but also about empty lots. Swaths of vacant land from large-scale demolition of residential or industrial buildings, and streets pockmarked with vacant lots where houses once stood, can perpetuate a downward cycle of disinvestment. Vacant land reuse can catalyze inclusive, sustainable, and comprehensive neighborhood stabilization and revitalization while serving as a canvas to engage and empower residents, community based organizations, and city governments. This webinar introduces a wide range of potential vacant land “treatments” or designs – ranging from passive to active, art to infrastructure, agriculture to recycling, and standalone to comprehensive – and gives participants an introduction to strategic approaches to vacant land reuse planning and implementation.

Instructor: Janell O’Keefe, Program Officer – Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress

 

Local Ordinances: The Building Blocks of Code Enforcement

April 26, 2018 | 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, Center for Community Progress

 

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

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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.

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