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"As we set up [a] land bank, we are also working to overhaul the City’s existing anti-blight ordinance and create and refine other tools for addressing problem properties. It was incredibly helpful for the team not only to hear an overview of what exactly a land bank is but also to hear how it works with other systems and tools to address vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent, and foreclosed properties. "

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Cornerstone Webinars


The Cornerstone Webinar Series is a monthly lunchtime webinar series that equips participants with the building blocks to understand and solve tough challenges related to property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. These hour-long webinars offer participants the ability to learn about topics and tools related to revitalization with field experts. Webinars take place from 12:00-1:00pm EST on the fourth Thursday of each month. Check out our upcoming Cornerstones below.

 

August 2017


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

 

September 2017


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

 

If you have any questions or topic suggestions for Cornerstone webinars, we want to hear them! Please contact Justin Godard at jgodard@communityprogress.net.