Learn More About Our Work
Get news and resources to help you make a difference.

Our Press Releases

36 Items Found
Land banks' adaptability yields results for communities tackling vacant and problem properties, according to report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An estimated 120 land banks exist in the United States, and their ability to adapt to local conditions and needs is helping communities, large and small, address the negative impacts of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties, according to Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, a new report from the Center for Community Progress.

New York Land Banks Report Statewide Progress

FLINT, MICH. - Newly Launched Association Releases Report Highlighting Impact of Nine NY Land Banks

Michigan Land Bank Leaders to Gather for Summit Hosted by Center for Community Progress

FLINT, MICH. - Nearly one hundred Michigan land bank leaders are gathering at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan, from June 16-17, 2014 for the Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit, hosted by the Center for Community Progress. Attendees, representing 30 land banks, are comprised primarily of land bank executive directors, board members, and other top leadership.

National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference to Be Held in Detroit in 2015

FLINT, MICH. - The sixth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will come to Detroit, Michigan, May 19-21, 2015, announced the Flint-based Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit and host of the event. The conference will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is expected to draw 700-1,000 professionals to the city.

Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship Recipients Announced

FLINT, MICH. - The local governments of Atlanta, Georgia; Butte-Silver Bow, Montana; and Lafayette, Louisiana are the inaugural recipients of the Center for Community Progress’ new, blight-fighting Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP). Through TASP, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), a national nonprofit, will help these cities develop new strategies to address property blight, vacancy and abandonment.

Eight Cities Selected to Tackle Blight and Vacancy at Community Progress Leadership Institute

FLINT, MICH. - Delegations from eight cities have been selected to attend the 2014 Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI), a training program focused on equipping leaders with the skills to address large inventories of blighted and vacant properties for the benefit of their communities. CPLI, a program of the national Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), will be held at Harvard Law School on March 18-21, 2014.

Technical Assistance Program to Advance New Solutions for Blighted Properties

FLINT, MICH. - The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) has launched a national Technical Assistance Scholarship Program to help public or nonprofit organizations find new solutions to address large-scale blight, vacancy and abandonment in their communities. Up to three recipients will be chosen through the program’s first competitive Request for Applications (RFA) process, which has an application deadline of March 24, 2014.

New report explores how placemaking principles can aid the revitalization of Legacy Cities

Flint, MI: The Center for Community Progress has released Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, a new report exploring how residents and leaders in Legacy Cities have used placemaking principles to transform blighted public spaces into revitalized community assets.


The report, prepared for the Center for Community Progress by New Solutions Group, LLC, uses case studies to explore placemaking in four different Legacy City settings: downtowns, anchor districts, neighborhoods and corridors/trails. Featured placemaking sites are: Over the Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio; Midtown, the Georgia Street Community Collective, and Clark Park in Detroit, Michigan; Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York; and the waterfront development and associated trail system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Center for Community Progress welcomes four new Members and incoming Chairperson to Board of Directors

Flint, MI: As 2013 draws to a close, the Center for Community Progress is pleased to announce the appointment of four national urban revitalization leaders to the organization’s Board of Directors over the course of this year.


Bringing a range of expertise to their roles, the new board members are: Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Presley Gillespie, Executive Director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation; Erika Poethig, Institute Fellow and Director of Urban Policy Initiatives at the Urban Institute; and Scot Spencer, Assistant Director for Advocacy and Influence at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Spotlight on Philadelphia at National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference September 9-11Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia will host the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, the only national conference dedicated to solving challenges related to vacant and problem properties, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from September 9-11, 2013. Convened by the national Center for Community Progress, RVP is expected to draw 650-800 public- and private-sector experts in land banking, tax foreclosure, code enforcement, urban planning, and related issues from around the country.08/29/13