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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 Academies  

(Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academies)

May 31-June 1, 2017  - Indianapolis, Indiana

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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: Understanding Neighborhood Change 

March 23, 201712:00 - 1:00 pm EST

The webinar is now at capacity and registration is closed.

Why do some neighborhoods become “hot,” some stay much the same, and others decline? Factors such as location, housing stock, schools, community organizations and more can affect a neighborhood’s trajectory. Understanding why the same activities seem to make a difference in one area, and little or no difference – or even have a negative impact -- in another is critical to developing an effective revitalization strategy. Alan Mallach, a senior fellow with the Center for Community Progress, will discuss his research on what makes neighborhoods change, and how local practitioners can use that information to better understand what’s happening in their communities – and respond accordingly. This webinar is offered in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Instructor: Alan Mallach, senior fellow, Center for Community Progress

Special Perk!  Webinar attendees will receive a free advanced digital copy of the upcoming book Neighborhoods by Numbers: An Introduction to Finding and Using Small Area Data by Alan Mallach, which won't be publicly released until April!  Note: In order to receive your advanced copy of the book, you must both register AND attend the Understanding Neighborhood Change webinar. 

 

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, Vice President and Director of Louisiana Initiatives, 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

 

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12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference | February 7-9, 2013

Category: Other Event

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12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
February 7-9, 2013 Kansas City, MO

 

 

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. 


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