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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

 

2017 VAD Academy

(Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academies)

November 6-7, 2017 | Hartford, Connecticut

Click here for more information (Registration closes on October 25!)

The Center for Community Progress VAD Academy is a critical training opportunity 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

Click here for more information

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

 

Cornerstone: Lots of Potential: Vacant Land Reuse 101

October 26, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Maybe houses were demolished—one, or dozens, or many, many more. Or a factory moved out of town and its buildings were knocked down. Perhaps both! Whatever the reason, your community finds itself with a surplus of vacant land. What does it take to develop an effective plan for vacant land reuse – and how can you translate that plan into action? This webinar will walk you through the foundations of vacant land reuse planning and implementation. It will explore the roles of data, policy, and processes, community engagement, project design, and maintenance. And because vacant land often exists in the context of historic (and continuing) power imbalances that prevent some groups from accessing, or having a say in, vacant land reuse, the process will focus on equity, and meeting community needs, at all stages. You’ll walk away with a clearer sense of next steps to develop a vacant land reuse strategy in your community.

Instructor: Andrew Butcher, Consultant - Center for Community Progress & Executive Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Cornerstone: Understanding the Fundamentals of Property Markets

November 16, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

How real estate markets work, and the flow of demand and supply for a neighborhood’s land and buildings, determines many aspects of a neighborhood’s trajectory. This includes house prices, whether buyers are homebuyers or investors, and whether owners are improving their properties or allowing them to deteriorate. When trying to address issues of vacancy and abandonment, it is crucial to understand the role markets and demand play in creating and perpetuating problem properties, including abandonment, tax delinquency, and the activities of predatory landlords. Understanding the neighborhood’s market fundamentals can enable one to understand what strategies are most likely to be effective, and affect one’s ability to successfully implement an equitable revitalization strategy. This webinar explores how markets work, the relationship between markets, vacant properties, and owner behavior, and how those three factors combined impact neighborhood outcomes.

Instructor: Danielle Lewinski, Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress

 

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Land Bank Conference 2011

06/05/11

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