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.
2017 VAD Academies
(Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academies)
May 31-June 1, 2017 - Indianapolis, Indiana
November 6-7, 2017 - Hartford, Connecticut
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
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.
Cornerstone: Understanding Neighborhood Change
March 23, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST
The webinar is now at capacity and registration is closed.
Why do some neighborhoods become “hot,” some stay much the same, and others decline? Factors such as location, housing stock, schools, community organizations and more can affect a neighborhood’s trajectory. Understanding why the same activities seem to make a difference in one area, and little or no difference – or even have a negative impact -- in another is critical to developing an effective revitalization strategy. Alan Mallach, a senior fellow with the Center for Community Progress, will discuss his research on what makes neighborhoods change, and how local practitioners can use that information to better understand what’s happening in their communities – and respond accordingly. This webinar is offered in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Instructor: Alan Mallach, senior fellow, Center for Community Progress
Special Perk! Webinar attendees will receive a free advanced digital copy of the upcoming book Neighborhoods by Numbers: An Introduction to Finding and Using Small Area Data by Alan Mallach, which won't be publicly released until April! Note: In order to receive your advanced copy of the book, you must both register AND attend the Understanding Neighborhood Change webinar.
Cornerstone: What is Strategic Code Enforcement?
April 27, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register
In this webinar, practitioners will be invited to look beyond the traditional and toward the potentially transformative role of code enforcement. They will explore a systemic, proactive approach that, when put into action, can make code enforcement more effective and, ultimately, much more efficient. A successful strategic code enforcement program moves beyond inspections and notices. It thoughtfully weaves together regulation, policy, cost recovery, as well as “carrots and sticks” into a comprehensive strategy to benefit community residents. A strategic approach can help to eliminate backlogs of complaints and ultimately reduce complaints altogether through the sophisticated monitoring of warning signs and use of early interventions. Other elements of a strategic approach can include: providing clear and effective enforcement mechanisms; working with other city departments and non-profits to create programs for vulnerable owner occupants or seniors who simply do not have the resources to bring the property up to code; providing “good landlord” incentives; connecting to other city programs like nuisance abatement and demolition; and more. Using real-world examples from around the country, this webinar will equip participants with an overview of the pros and cons of various code enforcement strategies and how to implement a more strategic approach.
Instructor: Nicole Heyman, Vice President and Director of Louisiana Initiatives, Center for Community Progress
Cornerstone: Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement 101
May 25, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register
Property taxes are governed by state laws that vary dramatically and are typically enforced at the county level. The systems many local governments use to collect delinquent property taxes often trap deteriorating properties in legal limbo, incentivize abandonment, and lead to a loss of equity or even homelessness for vulnerable homeowners. At the same time, they can also be used to resolve many of these issues. Reform of the state and local laws governing property tax enforcement is on the minds of community advocates and governments across the nation. Modern, equitable property tax enforcement systems can help ensure responsible ownership of vacant properties, protect vulnerable homeowners, provide resources for land banking and neighborhood stabilization, and ensure that interest and penalties associated with delinquent tax enforcement are returned to the taxpayers caring for vacant properties. This webinar will explore key elements of efficient, effective, and equitable delinquent property tax enforcement systems, provide an overview of the variation in systems seen around the country, and offer a primer on how to determine whether reform is needed in a given community. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the links between property tax enforcement, vacancy, and neighborhood stabilization, and learn some best practices in property tax system reform.
Instructor: Sara Toering, General Counsel, Center for Community Progress
Click here to sign up to receive updates for future events and webinars.< Back to Events
2010 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
Event Date: October 13-15, 2010