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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 Events


2017 VAD Academies  

(Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academies)

May 31-June 1, 2017  - Indianapolis, Indiana


November 6-7, 2017 - Hartford, Connecticut

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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

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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: 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, Director of New Orleans Initiatives and Advisor on National Leadership and Education, 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


Cornerstone: Understanding How Neighborhoods Affect Landlord Behavior 101

June 22, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Whether an owner will invest in maintaining a rental property is largely influenced by the property market in that neighborhood. The most effective rental regulation strategies adjust their approaches to enforcement based on these varying conditions. This webinar helps practitioners understand how to move toward a market-informed approach to rental enforcement in order to increase the stock of safe, well-maintained rental housing in all neighborhoods. Participants will learn how to analyze neighborhood-by-neighborhood property market conditions. They’ll then look at the relationship between those conditions and landlord behavior. Examples of tailored, market-informed rental enforcement from other cities will clarify how this approach can work in practice. Participants will learn how enforcement can be tailored based on, for example, the presence of problem landlords and of responsible landlords, complaint frequencies, or the concentration of student housing. All options will be appropriate for cities working with a tight or shrinking budget; in fact, the overall approach is intended to help cities maximize resource efficiency while also remaining effective and equitable.

Instructor: Nicole Heyman, Director of New Orleans Initiatives and Advisor on National Leadership and Education, Center for Community Progress


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7th Annual Land Bank Conference | October 14 - 16, 2012


Category: Community Progress Event

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The 7th Annual Land Bank Conference set for
October 14-16, 2012 in Kalamazoo, MI.



Land banks are a valuable tool to stabilize neighborhoods and encourage renewal – as communities across the nation are struggling with foreclosures and vacant properties.

Join the nation’s leading land bank advocates, practitioners and public policy experts to learn how communities are using land banks to empower their neighborhoods, gain control of vacant properties and repurpose land to build stronger, more vibrant towns and cities. Hear about challenges and success stories in the field, and share creative strategies to repurpose land for commercial, residential and recreational use.

Contact Courtney Knox at 877-542-4842 x20 for more information.