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Technical Assistance Scholarship Program 

 

In 2014, Community Progress launched the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) to find and support today’s pioneers and “changemakers,” both improving the field of practice and effecting positive change on the ground. TASP is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program for select communities that are ready to engage in a forward-thinking technical assistance process to assess, reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their communities. Thanks to the generous support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, TASP has supported 16 communities over the last four years in designing innovative solutions to the challenges posed by vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties.

 

Since the program launch, TASP has been opened at least once a year for new applicants. However, for 2018, the Center for Community Progress and JPMorgan Chase are committed to a series of planning conversations to explore ways to deepen our mutual interest in supporting communities that seek to build healthy, resilient, and inclusive neighborhoods for all. As we engage in this important evaluation and planning process, please subscribe to our e-newsletter in order to stay informed of future technical assistance opportunities through TASP.

 

In addition to TASP, Community Progress offers technical assistance opportunities on a fee-for-service basis to help communities diagnose key challenges, understand available tools, and develop and implement effective strategies. Community Progress encourages interested communities to explore the organization’s fee-for-service technical assistance and other educational programming to find the best fit. Please visit our fee-for-service page to learn more.

 

Below, we provide a full listing of all 16 past scholarship recipients to share with the national field of practice the innovative work supported by TASP over the last four years. Where available, each city's name links to the tailored final report Community Progress produced through the TASP engagement. If you would like more information about any of these projects, please reach out to Tarik Abdelazim, Associate Director of National Technical Assistance, at tabdelazim@communityprogress.net

 

2017 TASP Projects  


Albany, New York. Focus Areas: Land Banking and Community Partnerships; Vacant Land Maintenance and Reuse; Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Huntington, West Virginia. Focus Areas: Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems

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Memphis, Tennessee. Focus Areas: Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems; Strategic Code Enforcement; Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Round 4 TASP Projects: 2016 


Baltimore, Maryland. Focus Area: Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems

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High Point, North Carolina. Focus Areas: Strategic Code Enforcement; Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems; Data Systems; Community Education and Partnerships

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Rockford, Illinois. Focus Areas: Strategic Code Enforcement; Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems; Data Systems; Community Education and Partnerships

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Round 3 TASP Projects: 2015-2016 


Cleveland, OhioFocus Area: Economic Analysis of Vacant Land Reuse

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Lucas County, OhioFocus Areas: Vacant Land Maintenance and Reuse; Cost of Blight Analysis

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St. Louis, MissouriFocus Area: Building Consensus on a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Round 2 TASP Projects: 2015 


Dallas, Texas. Focus Area: Building Consensus on a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Detroit, Michigan. Focus Area: Vacant Land Maintenance and Reuse

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Gary, Indiana. Focus Areas: Strategic Code Enforcement; Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems; Data Systems

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Trenton, New Jersey. Focus Areas: Data Systems; Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Round 1 TASP Projects: 2014 


Atlanta, Georgia. Focus Area: Strategic Code Enforcement

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Butte-Silver Bow, Montana. Focus Area: Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Lafayette, Louisiana. Focus Area: Data Systems

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Hear From Our Past Scholarship Winners

At Community Progress, we truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from past recipients on lessons learned and positive outcomes resulting from our technical assistance delivery. Take a look at the following videos of former TASP scholarship recipients to learn more about the TASP experience and ways that we might be able to assist your community.

 

 

In addition to TASP, Community Progress offers technical assistance opportunities on a fee-for-service basis to help communities diagnose key challenges, understand available tools, and develop and implement effective strategies. Community Progress encourages interested communities to explore the organization’s fee-for-service technical assistance and other programming, in addition to TASP, to find the best fit. Visit our fee-for-service page