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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.


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Technical Assistance Scholarship Program Informational Webinar 

October 20, 2016 at 12pm ESTClick here to register

The Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) is seeding innovation to tackle vacancy and abandonment nationwide -- and your community may have a chance to be one of the program's latest recipients. Join us in an informational webinar where we will provide an overview of TASP and answer your questions about the program. Click here to learn more about TASP.


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Partner Webinars

Retaining Maker and Manufacturing Space with Zoning Tools

Urban Manufacturing Alliance 

December 8, 2016 at 1pm ESTClick here for information

As manufacturing space is threatened by residential, commercial, and retail uses, cities are starting to think creatively about where small-batch production can happen in a city. Learn about new or proposed zoning initiatives in Somerville, Nashville, and Indianapolis that are helping makers and manufacturers protect real estate space they currently occupy or can move to in the future. 


Partner Events


National Trust for Historic Preservation

November 15-18, 2016Click here for information

PastForward is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places. This year, attendees will be energized and challenged as we consider the role preservation can play in securing more healthy, sustainable, just and attractive cities during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the National Historic Preservation Act.


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Land Bank Conference 2011


Event Date: June 5-7                                                                             

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Thanks and congratulations to the many participants, sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and volunteers who helped make the 2011 Land Bank Conference in Detroit a great success: our best-attended Land Bank Conference to date, with representatives from around the country coming together to work with and learn from one another.

It was a rich and busy few days.  Our keynote speakers, leading urbanists Carol Coletta and David Rusk, inspired and challenged us all with their remarks, each offering a unique perspective on our work and its impact on the American landscape.  Two bus tours took over 150 folks out into Detroit’s neighborhoods to see properties that once were considered problems and now have been reclaimed as resources for their communities.  More than 20 different workshops covered topics from brownfield remediation to community engagement.  And, most importantly, we got the opportunity to engage in great conversations with each other, forging the connections, ideas and networks that will take the land banking movement to the next level.


You can also click here to check out Frank Alexander and Community Progress’ new book, Land Banks and Land Banking, which was distributed to conference attendees.

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Urbanist Carol Coletta
Author, urban strategist, former mayor David Rusk
CP Board President Bill Johnson
Dinner time at the conference
CP CEO Dan Kildee
Spirited discussion during sessions
Networking between sessions
Land Banking 101
Opening reception
Land Bank Awards
Welcome Reception
Debate during sessions
Conference Session
Opening Workshop
Training Workshop