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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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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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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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New Scholarship Program Creates and Supports New Land Banks to Help with Equitable Revitalization

Written by on March 23, 2021

Community Progress’ New Land Bank Incubator Scholarship Program Supports New Local and State Land Banking Efforts WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 23, 2021 — The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) announces the launch of a new scholarship program offering free technical assistance to communities seeking to create and use land banks to advance equitable recovery…

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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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Keith Boykin and Alan Mallach to Lead Discussion on new Black Middle Neighborhood Data, Challenges, and Opportunities

Written by on March 11, 2021

Black urban middle neighborhoods are facing an existential crisis. In city after city, the middle neighborhoods that face the greatest challenges and have seen the sharpest declines are those largely occupied by African-American families. Compared to other middle neighborhoods, these neighborhoods are not only declining more sharply, but are seeing the least benefit from their cities’…

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National Land Bank Network Launches with “State of Land Banks” Nationwide Research

Written by on March 8, 2021

New Director Launches Survey and Interviews to Power New Funding Advocacy and  Online Education for Fighting Vacancy   Washington, D.C. – March 9, 2021 – The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), the nation’s leading resource on landing banking and vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, announced today that Brian Larkin has been named its new…

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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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Community Progress Shares Support for the “National Land Bank Network Act of 2020” (Press Release)

Written by on June 15, 2020

Land Banking Expert Supports Proposed Legislation to Bring $60 Million in Support to U.S. Land Banks  WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 16, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared its support for the bi-partisan supported National Land Bank Network Act of 2020,…

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