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.
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.
August 27, 2015, 12:00 - 12:45pm: Registration
The Detroit Future City “Field Guide to Working with Lots” is a tool that will launch this September, online and in print, that will provide Detroiters with accessible and actionable step-by-step instructions to help transform lots. We’ll walk you through a sneak preview of some of the lot designs and website features, which have the potential to translate to action in communities across Michigan. More than 50 Detroit-based organizations have contributed to the development of the Field Guide, and we’re excited to share some lessons learned from this process. Visit www.dfc-lots.com to learn more.
Webinars for Commercial Vacant Property Redevelopment
Greater Ohio Policy Center, in partnership with the Ohio CDC Association, presents four webinars during the Summer of 2015 that will explain how to accomplish various aspects of commercial vacant property redevelopment and commercial district revitalization in legacy communities.
Tools & Strategies for Business Development and District Management
August 26, 2:00 - 3:15pm: Registration
Commercial revitalization requires the productive reuse of redeveloped spaces. This webinar lays out strategies and models for managing commercial districts in addition to specific methods for developing and attracting business tenants. Methods for developing existing businesses and attracting desirable new economic uses are described as part of implementing an overall business district management approach. The combination of commercial property redevelopment and long-term business support programs may increase the potential for successful commercial revitalization.
Tools for Overcoming Financial Gaps
September 16, 2015, 2:00 - 3:15pm: Registration
Since the costs of commercial vacant property demolition, clean-up and redevelopment can be prohibitively high, established and creative financing sources will be necessary to undertake each of these activities in the future-especially in weaker markets and legacy cities. Various sources of capital from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, as well as how they can be used, will be described in this webinar.
Community Progress Code Enforcement Academy: Moving from Traditional to Transformative in Dallas, Texas.
November 16-17, 2015: More information coming soon
Brownfields Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
September 2-4, 2015: More information
Brownfields 2015 is the premier conference and trade show focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. The upcoming event is the 16th National Brownfields Training Conference, which promises to attract thousands of stakeholders to the “windy city” for three days of training, networking and business development.
Equitable Development: The Role of Brownfields Renewal, WorkforceStrategies and Entrepreneurship in Chicago, Illinois.
Brownfields 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop
September 1, 2015: More information
The Equitable Development Workshop is a hands-on learning opportunity for local leaders who are fostering pathways to economic stability for communities historically affected by issues of poverty, unemployment and brownfields.
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12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference | February 7-9, 2013
12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
The 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, Equitable, and Livable Communities will build on the first eleven highly successful conferences in this series, which collectively brought together an audience of nearly 16,500 people from across the U.S. and several other countries. This conference is unique in that it focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to implementing smart growth principles to help build safer, healthier, more economically viable, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly communities across the nation. Community Progress staff will be presenting in a number of sessions that address the challenges of vacant and abandoned properties in communities. See below for details.
Community Progress Staff Sessions
Cities and Regions in Transition: Accentuating Assets, and Repositioning Economies for a More Prosperous Future
Thursday, February 7 from 8:30 - 10am
The speakers will address such topics as the role of anchor institutions in reviving local economies, worker-owned cooperatives, and neighborhood-based strategies that address widespread vacancy and abandonment.
Moderator: Salin Geevarghese, Senior Advisor, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Speakers: Tamar Shapiro, President and CEO, Center for Community Progress; Dane Walling, Mayor, City of Flint, MI; Benjamin Kennedy, Community Development Program Officer, Kresge Foundation; and India Lee Pierce, Program Director for Neighborhoods, Cleveland Foundation
Land Banking: Pathways Toward Sustainable Urban, Suburban and Rural Land Reclamation
Thursday, February 7 from 10:30am - noon.
Using recent land banking breakthroughs in Kansas City, Missouri and the state of Georgia as a backdrop, this session will delve into land banking as an effective strategy for urban, suburban and rural land preservation and reclamation.
Moderator: Kim Graziani, Vice President of Capacity Building, Center for Community Progress
Speakers: Julie Porter from KC LISC; Mayor James from KCMO; and Chris Norman from Fulton County/Atlanta Land Bank Authority.
Innovative Municipal approaches to Equitable Reinvestment and Revitalization
Friday, February 8 from 10 - 11:30am
This interactive discussion among some of the country’s most thoughtful and innovative problem-solvers will explore how code enforcement departments, the courts and redevelopment authorities are working together to hold negligent property owners accountable, eliminate blight, and drive development opportunities in disinvested neighborhoods.
Moderator: Nicole Heyman, JD, LLM, Vice President and Director of New Orleans Vacant Properties Initiative, Center for Community Progress
Speakers: Jeff Hebert, Executive Director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; Michael Braverman, JD, Deputy Commissioner, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, MD; and Judge Ray Pianka, Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
For more sessions, click here.