Community Progress Blog

Michigan Quarterly Update: January – March 2021

Written by on April 5, 2021

  This quarterly update from Community Progress’ Michigan Initiatives team highlights important revitalization news and resources from across the state. For specific inquiries or to share how your community is addressing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, email Payton Heins, Director of Michigan Initiatives at pheins@communityprogress.net

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Local Leaders Need to Know: $360 Billion in State and Local Relief Is Coming to Every American Community

Written by on March 12, 2021

Almost exactly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a massive relief plan has passed both chambers of Congress and been signed into law by President Biden. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is an historic achievement that will provide unprecedented resources to combat the health, economic, and racial equity challenges that have been…

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New National Program to Help Local Governments Tackle Vacant Property Challenges in Support of Safer, Inclusive Communities Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis

Written by on January 27, 2021

Center for Community Progress and the National League of Cities accepting Letters of Interest for Free Educational Programming and Customized Technical Assistance WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 27, 2021 – Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) and the National League of Cities (NLC) announced that a new Vacant Property Leadership Institute (Leadership Institute), is…

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New Webinars Tackle COVID-19, Code Enforcement, Land Banking, and More

Written by on January 27, 2021

The combination of a new year, new leaders, and new challenges mean residents and local governments are positioned for rapid change in 2021. Register for this Spring’s Cornerstone Webinars to ensure you’re up to date on the latest trends and answers to this year’s historic challenges and opportunities.   February 2021 External Partner Webinars   Pivots…

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The Power of Long-Term Investment – Preserving Affordable Housing in Atlanta

Written by on October 1, 2020

For years, nonprofit CEOs and thought leaders have been calling for a new investment strategy to help create sustainable change in communities. While the call has been clear, the question remains: What do these strategies look like in practice? What would happen if partners, funders, and local leaders committed for the long haul?

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COVID-19 Recovery: Alan Mallach, Smart Growth America, and More Share on the Future of Cities

Written by on September 22, 2020

COVID-19 is proving to be more than a crisis for America’s cities, towns, and counties. The unexpected synergy of a pandemic, elections, climate change and social unrest is causing many municipalities to reimagine the future. As long-established systems, practices, and populations change, every neighborhood must answer the big question: “What does the future look like…

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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…

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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…

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COVID-19 Impact on Michigan Communities: Risks, Interventions, Resources

Written by on May 20, 2020

There is no question. Michigan communities are encountering and will continue to feel the impacts of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis.  As unemployment skyrockets, state and local revenue sources diminish, and public health costs soar, immediate action must be taken to preserve homes and businesses now and into the future. To help, the…

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We Will Need Code Enforcement Now More Than Ever: Three COVID-19 Responses to Protect Neighborhoods

Written by on May 12, 2020

In the sea of COVID-19 uncertainty, there are a few neighborhood-level realities we know for sure. Our neighbor’s financial constraints may postpone planned repairs – like fixing that damaged roof that’s in danger of collapsing; the tenants in the 3-flat at the corner of the block could face eviction, due to job loss and inability…

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