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.
Cornerstone: Understanding Neighborhood Change
March 23, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register
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.
Instructor: Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress
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 module 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
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Investing in Ohio's Future: Maximizing Growth in our Cities and Regions
Greater Ohio Policy Center
March 7, 2017 - March 8, 2017 |Columbus, OH | Click here to register
This biennial convening brings together experts, policymakers, and local leaders dedicated to the sustainable development of Ohio’s neighborhoods and metropolitan areas. The theme of the 2017 Summit is financing and accelerating comprehensive and sustainable growth in Ohio’s cities and their surrounding suburbs and exurbs.
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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
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