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Community Progress Weighs in on $350 Billion ARPA State and Local Recovery Fund

Written by on July 14, 2021

Center for Community Progress recently submitted a public comment letter in response to the Treasury Department’s Interim Final Rule (“IFR”) implementing the American Rescue Plan Act’s (“ARPA”) $350 billion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (“SLFRF”). The public comment period is open through Friday, July 16, 2021, and public comments can be submitted through this…

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Michigan Initiatives Quarterly Update: April – June 2021

Written by on July 1, 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 in Michigan, email Payton Heins, Director of Michigan Initiatives at pheins@communityprogress.net.

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Communities are Using Arts and Culture to Tackle Challenges Amid the Pandemic; and it’s Working (Press Release)

Written by on June 28, 2021

The Saving Power of Community Creativity highlights leaders’ response to COVID-19 and racial injustice through arts, culture, and creative placemaking, created to be a resource for others.  Washington, DC – June 29, 2021 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared The Saving Power of Community…

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Twelve Cities Selected to Address Vacant Properties at the Vacant Property Leadership Institute

Written by on June 22, 2021

Center for Community Progress and the National League of Cities announce the selected cities and states to attend the Vacant Property Leadership Institute for Free Educational Programming and Customized Technical Assistance.  FLINT, MICH. – Delegations from twelve cities across four states have been selected to attend the 2022 Vacant Property Leadership Institute (VPLI), a training…

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American Rescue Plan Act Update: Treasury Guidance and Fund Request Portal, and Our Updated ARPA Map Resource, Are Now Live!

Written by on May 18, 2021

Important Update: Since publication of this blog on May 18, 2021, Treasury has released additional guidance with specific details for how non-entitlement unit of government allocations should be processed by States. This additional NEU guidance can be found at this Treasury webpage, along with other helpful information.    Center for Community Progress has been closely following developments related to the…

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An Unprecedented Opportunity for COVID Relief and Equitable Neighborhood Transformation

Written by on April 29, 2021

While the US is gaining ground in its fight against COVID-19, many communities are facing growing threats to neighborhood stability from its economic fallout. Unprecedented help is on the horizon for these communities, which could provide a momentous opportunity to spur equitable revitalization.   Where we are today  While the national unemployment rate has been dropping, [1] it belies two deeply concerning trends for…

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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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Land Bank and Land Trust Leaders Express Support for Proposed $5 Billion to Revitalize Communities

Written by on February 5, 2021

Restoring Communities Left Behind Act Receives Support from Community Progress and Grounded Solutions Leaders WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 4, 2021 — Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) and Grounded Solutions Network (Grounded Solutions) expressed their support of new legislation that would invest $5 billion in flexible federal funding for distressed communities nationwide. The…

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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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