|Tamar Shapiro Named as New Chief Executive of the Center for Community ProgressTamar Shapiro, a widely respected leader in the field of urban and regional policy, has been chosen by the Board of Directors to become the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Community Progress, the nation’s preeminent organization promoting neighborhood revitalization through the prevention and creative reuse of vacant and abandoned property.||11/15/12|
|Pennsylvania Gains New Tool to Fight Vacant PropertyWith the help of the Community Progress team, Pennsylvania municipalities are newly empowered to confront the long-standing scourge of vacant properties and blight.||10/25/12|
|New web-based Toolkit offers practical strategies to transform blighted property to productive reuse Free Community Progress resource allows users to drill down from global dynamics of blight and abandonment into practical solutions that meet communities’ unique local needs. |
“Building American Cities Toolkit” creators will be on hand to discuss powerful new information resource at June 20-22 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in New Orleans.
|Mobile workshops offer insiders' view of revitalization challenges, successes in New Orleans, Baton RougeLimited seats still available for tours of reviving neighborhoods at cutting-edge national conference to address vacant and abandoned property.||06/01/12|
|Search for a President/CEO for the Center for Community ProgressThe Board of Directors of the Center for Community Progress is initiating a search for President/CEO in the likely event Dan Kildee, who has taken a leave of absence from that position, is successful in his bid for Congress from Michigan’s 5th District. The position is expected to become available in mid-November 2012. Dan began his leave on May 17th; Amy Hovey, CP’s current Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, who is not a candidate for this position, has assumed the duties of President and CEO during the interim period.||05/24/12|
|Five front-line leaders to offer insights, experiences on tackling vacant and abandoned property at opening plenary of Reclaiming Vacant Properties ConferenceWith the epidemic of foreclosures and abandoned homes threatening the stability and revenues of communities and entire cities and towns, community leaders and governments are searching for strategies to reverse the downward spiral. This June, they're coming to New Orleans to find them at the 2012 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference: “Remaking America for the 21st Century.” Leading off the conference, on Thursday June 21st, national commentator Bob Edwards will moderate “In Every Crisis An Opportunity” – a panel discussion among local, county and federal leaders who are working to transform vacant and abandoned homes and businesses into assets for revitalization and growth. Joining Edwards will be New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and Treasury official Benson “Buzz” Roberts.||05/08/12|
|Amy Hovey Named to Lead Community Progress; Co-founder to Serve During TransitionThe Center for Community Progress has announced that Chief Operating Officer and co-founder Amy Hovey will assume the role of interim President and CEO when current President and CEO, Dan Kildee, begins a leave of absence on May 15th. Kildee is taking a leave of absence to run for U.S. Congress. Hovey and Kildee have worked together for more than a decade, at the Genesee County Land Bank and the Genesee Institute. Before that, Hovey served as Program Director of the Michigan State the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and in management, finance and community relations with First of America Bank.||05/02/12|
|Cutting edge brownfield project earns Community Progress fellow White House honorThanks to Community Progress Fellow Steve Montle and his colleagues, one Michigan city is carving a new path in repurposing environmentally contaminated properties – in a model for cutting through red tape, keeping down costs, and building collaborative partnerships to transform brownfields into community assets. Montle’s work was honored this week with the White House’s prestigious Champions of Change award.||04/26/12|
|Communities poised to access powerful new land bank tools, as Georgia awaits governor's signature on Community Progress-drafted legislation|
Georgia communities are poised to access powerful new tools to address vacant and abandoned properties, with the Georgia General Assembly’s recent passage of the Georgia Land Bank Act, now awaiting Governor Nathan Deal’s signature. The measure strengthens communities’ ability to take charge of property that contributes to cycles of blight and disinvestment. Center for Community Progress staff wrote the bill and provided critical expertise to win bipartisan support.
|Leaders Come Together to Forge Plans for Revitalization With foreclosures and job loss impacting cities once considered stable, as well as those confronting long-term decline, state and local officials from ten communities in Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana gathered in Boston last week to learn and share ideas about effective strategies to address the vacant properties these economic challenges have left in their wake.||03/20/12|