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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

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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

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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: Neighborhoods, Data, and Research: How Data and Research Can Inform Your Revitalization Strategy

August 24, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

What differentiates neighborhoods, and why do things work in some places and not others? In recent years, research studies have begun to offer practitioners valuable insights about the differences between neighborhood conditions and trends, and how those factors affect whether particular strategies will be successful. Alan Mallach will begin by discussing key features of different neighborhood types and what datasets practitioners can use to understand where their neighborhoods fit in. He will then explore how the impact of different neighborhood interventions, such as demolition, rehab and greening, is affected by neighborhood conditions; how to learn what impact an intervention has; and how local officials, CDC leaders, and others can work with researchers to help design the most effective strategies for their communities and evaluate the effects of the strategies they are currently using. This webinar is offered in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

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

 

Cornerstone: Local Ordinances: The Building Blocks of Code Enforcement

September 28, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

A code enforcement department is only as good as the regulatory tools it has on the books, and the systems that are in place to use those tools. Many ordinances have been on the books for years and do not reflect up-to-date state law. Others may or may not be appropriate for current neighborhood conditions. In other cases, the ordinances on the books are well-crafted, but aren’t wielded as strategically as they could be. It isn’t always clear how to analyze the existing regulatory framework or where to look for best practices to implement. This webinar is an opportunity to take a step back and explore what makes a code enforcement ordinance equitable, efficient, and effective. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the components of effective and ineffective local code enforcement ordinances and explore examples from other cities of ordinances that work well and those that haven’t. At the end of this webinar, participants will be better-equipped to undertake an analysis of their own local ordinances, with a clearer sense of what best practices to consider in shaping (or re-shaping) their regulatory framework.

Instructor: Matthew Kreis, Assistant General Counsel for National Initiatives, Center for Community Progress

 

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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

 

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