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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
New resource manual streamlines start-up process for Georgia land bank authorities

A collaborative of nonprofit organizations, including Center for Community Progress, has released the comprehensive Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual (PDF) to guide stakeholders through the process of creating new – and working with existing – land bank authorities.

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.
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