Land Bank Information Headquarters
The buzz about land banks is growing, and for good reason. Since 2011, ten states (New York, Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Nebraska, Alabama, West Virginia, Delaware, Virginia) have passed land bank enabling legislation (as of December 2016), offering local leaders a new tool to help reinvent and revitalize neighborhoods challenged by vacancy and blight.
As a result, dozens of new land banks and land banking programs have been created and launched in a range of communities, from “Legacy Cities”—those former industrial cities suffering from decades of disinvestment and population loss—to suburban and rural towns hit hard by the mortgage foreclosure crisis. Many other communities (maybe even yours!) are currently considering how a local or regional land bank could complement existing tools and strategies to help overcome vacancy, blight, and abandonment.
All of this activity, understandably, raises a lot of questions, starting with the most basic: What is a land bank, and how does it work? That’s why we developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions about land banks and land banking, all in one place.
Community Progress is proud to be at the forefront of the national land bank movement. Since the organization’s founding in 2010, we have:
- Provided expert knowledge and expertise in helping to shape and support successful efforts to pass state enabling legislation and legislative reforms for land banking.
- Provided direct assistance or trainings to the leadership of approximately 100 land banks around the country, and have continued to support statewide networks of land banks in a number of states, such as New York, Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
We also have authored publications in recent years that have become widely used and referenced by practitioners, policymakers and community organizations who share an interest in land banks and land banking programs:
Informed by our wide-ranging experience with land banking—from state and local policy initiatives to national research—we’ve created this online National Land Bank Headquarters to serve as a basic introduction of land banks to a wider audience.
Land Bank Information Headquarters Resources:
We hope you find this online hub helpful, and we welcome any feedback on how we might make our Land Bank HQ more accessible and informative to the public. Please send comments and suggestions to Christina Carter, Communications Associate, at email@example.com.
(Photo Credits: Genesee County Land Bank)