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

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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.