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New Resource! Download the Michigan Code Enforcement Guide, “Revitalization in Michigan: A Guide to Transforming VAD Properties through Code Enforcement”

Written by on September 8, 2020

Code enforcement that is used equitably, efficiently, and effectively is one of the most promising approaches to vacant, abandoned, and deteriorating properties at work in the United States today. Michigan communities have a number of valuable tools available. Whether you are a local elected official, a member of building department staff, or a community leader striving to…


Go “Back to School” With These Post-COVID-19 Trainings – Black Neighborhoods, Future of Cities, and More Community Development Help

Written by on September 3, 2020

We know this fall is won’t be “normal.” What we do know is that from back-to-school planning to preparing 2021 budgets, we’ll need real-time data and updates to help communities, residents, and municipalities navigate. To help local and resident leaders, Community Progress will offer a series professional development webinars and resources to help face both…


FREE “Boot Camp” Helps Fighting Vacancy – Join Us for the 2020 VAD Academy!

Written by on September 3, 2020

Property revitalization has never been more critical need as cities across the country continue to battle vacancy, abandonment, and housing instability resulting from natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. But what does “revitalization” look like for your community? What strategic partnerships can be leveraged to achieve those revitalization goals? And most importantly, how can it be…


New Webinars Unlock the Black Middle Neighborhood Challenges and Opportunities

Written by on July 20, 2020

In the last twenty years, predominantly African-American ‘middle neighborhoods’ have endured the same challenges as other communities, but with different results. The historic injustices that were thought to be issues of the past show up in modern terms in both challenges and opportunities in the wake of today’s growing social justice movement. To help leaders,…


Download Alan Mallach’s “Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst: Addressing the Aftermath Of The COVID-19 Pandemic In America’s Struggling Neighborhoods”

Written by on June 2, 2020

“We don’t know what will happen – there are far too many unknowns at this point – but we can already anticipate many of the risks, and what to expect after the pandemic is behind us.“ – Alan Mallach As the United States is gripped by the most severe pandemic in over 100 years, much…


Community Progress Announces Upcoming Webinars Focused on Preventing Post-COVID-19 Vacancy

Written by on April 20, 2020

Over the last 30-days we’ve watched the COVID-19 health crisis forever change the fabric of this country. The lives of millions of Americans have been impacted and the need for equity will grow exponentially.  As communities are grappling with the immediate health, social, and economic impacts of this unprecedented pandemic, municipal leaders are trying to…


Critical COVID-19 Opportunities for Communities Combatting Vacancy

Written by on April 8, 2020

As America actively battles one of history’s most impactful public health crises, the necessity of community development work and urgent help for communities in need is growing exponentially. As with every widespread American emergency, COVID-19 presents us with both real dangers, and real opportunities to advance equity, stability, and more just communities. As we all…


Power of Placemaking – What Vacancy Victories from Massachusetts, New York, and California Taught Us

Written by on February 18, 2020

From increased fire outbreaks to elevated safety concerns, there’s no secret property vacancy can weigh down a community. But, how can communities lift themselves up? What are the keys to turning a vacant lot or building into an asset? The answers may vary for each community (and we’re here if you need help with your…


New Online Webinars: Middle Neighborhoods with Alan Mallach, Land Banking, Code Enforcement and More

Written by on January 31, 2020

          2020 Cornerstone Webinars Feature Updated Data and Trend Training from Community Progress This Spring, Community Progress will make staying up to date on the latest community development trends easy. Our 2020 Cornerstone Webinar series will focus on sharing new updates on important topics related to vacancy, abandonment, and middle neighborhoods,…


Top 5 Community Progress Resources of 2019

Written by on December 19, 2019

Five Game-Changing Community Development Resources to Help Drive Revitalization What’s working in Community Development? Sixty thousand readers, 1,400 conference attendees, and thousands more downloaders and training attendees say these are the top Community Progress resources of 2019. Whether you work for a local government or are looking to turn your community passion into progress, take…