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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 FREE 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. See below for a list of upcoming webinars: 


February 2018

Power in Partnerships: Lessons from a Land Bank-Land Trust Partnership in Albany, New York

February 22, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Credit: Axel Drainville, flickr, 2015

Land banks and land trusts, while often sharing some common objectives, have rarely partnered with each other. In 2017, Community Progress, through its Technical Assistance Scholarship Program, worked with the Albany County Land Bank (ACLB) to explore partnership opportunities with the Albany Community Land Trust (ACLT). This engagement was a unique opportunity to address key barriers to establishing meaningful and sustained partnerships that land banks and community land trusts across the country have identified. By practically exploring a number of partnership opportunities, this engagement led to groundbreaking pilot initiatives, more thoughtful resident engagement activities, and efforts at systems change—from new disposition programs at the land bank to a more systematic focus on vacant land maintenance across the City. This webinar will summarize the project, highlight some short-term successes, and share lessons learned.

Instructor: Tarik Abdelazim, Associate Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress


March 2018

Ideas to Action: Vacant Land Reuse Project Design, Planning, and Implementation

March 22, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Credit: Nate Shivar, flickr, 2013

Vacancy challenges are not only about empty houses, but also about empty lots. Swaths of vacant land from large-scale demolition of residential or industrial buildings, and streets pockmarked with vacant lots where houses once stood, can perpetuate a downward cycle of disinvestment. Vacant land reuse can catalyze inclusive, sustainable, and comprehensive neighborhood stabilization and revitalization while serving as a canvas to engage and empower residents, community based organizations, and city governments. This webinar introduces a wide range of potential vacant land “treatments” or designs – ranging from passive to active, art to infrastructure, agriculture to recycling, and standalone to comprehensive – and gives participants an introduction to strategic approaches to vacant land reuse planning and implementation.

Instructor: Janell O’Keefe, Program Officer – Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress


April 2018

Local Ordinances: The Building Blocks of Code Enforcement

April 26, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST: Click here to register 

Credit: Chelsea Allinger, Center for Community Progress, 2015

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, 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.