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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 Webinars

RemakeBreak Webinar series

RemakeBreak is a free, monthly, Michigan-focused, lunchtime webinar series. It features bite-sized, 45-minute webinars that are designed to connect you to the research, ideas, and success stories that inform your work on problem properties and community development. Mark your calendar: RemakeBreak will take place from 12:00-12:45pm on the fourth Thursday of each month.

How the University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC) is bringing stakeholders together to create a safer Flint

September 24, 2015, 12:00 - 12:45pm: Registration

During this webinar we will highlight the University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC), a cross-sector partnership of universities, law enforcement agencies, health care providers, government, businesses, organizations, and residents. For the past three years, the UACC has worked to address quality of life and public safety issues by addressing blight and vacant property with the overall goal of creating an area viable for new economic development. Recently, the UACC was awarded a $1M Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant and a $150k grant to implement Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies in the corridor. Join us as we learn how the UACC was formed and how it operates, what role the Byrne Grant and CPTED are having in their efforts, and how this all ties into the City of Flint's 2013 Master Plan.


Our Events

Community Progress Code Enforcement Academy: Moving from Traditional to Transformative in Dallas, Texas.

November 16-17, 2015: Registration is now closed. Click here for information

At the national Code Enforcement Academy, you will be invited to look beyond the traditional and toward the potentially transformative role of code enforcement. You’ll explore a systemic, proactive approach that, when put into action, can enhance the ongoing traditional role of code enforcement and help your work make an even greater impact on your community.  

Partner Webinars


Equitable Development: The Role of Brownfields Renewal, Community Land Trusts and Employee-Owned Businesses in Neighborhood Stability by the EPA.

October 14, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00pm: Registration

The foundation for creating strong, economically resilient and liveable communities is increasingly built upon a spectrum of place-based activities that develop improved tools and strategies. This workshop is designed to give participants practical tools and share insider views about pioneering community building models. 


Partner Events

No partner events are scheduled at this time. 


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Land Bank Conference 2011


Event Date: June 5-7                                                                             

Download presentations from the conference

View the participant list from the conference

View bios of conference speakers


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