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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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Well-Known Georgia Community Development Leader Joins Community Progress’ Newly Formalized Place-Based Program

Written by on March 31, 2021

Odetta MacLeish-White to Shape Vacant Property Reuse & Prevention Initiative in Georgia     Washington, D.C. – March 27, 2021 – Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), the nation’s leading resource on revitalizing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, named long-time community development leader and the former Managing Director of the TransFormation Alliance,…

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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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Community Progress Expands Technical Assistance Services

Written by on December 14, 2020

New Senior Advisor, Vice President and Program Leaders to Lead Local, State, and Neighborhood Assistance   WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 8, 2020 — Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) announced new infrastructure changes and staff appointments to serve more communities through its technical assistance and place-based programs. “Communities need us more now than ever,”…

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Community Progress CEO to Share at Yale School of the Environment

Written by on November 12, 2020

Dr. Akilah Watkins to share on “Housing in a Pandemic-Driven World” as a part of the Community Development and Equity series WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 12, 2020 — The Yale School of the Environment has invited, Dr. Akilah Watkins, President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, to share on its upcoming webinar series on “Community…

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New Report: Michigan Vacant Home Rates Down, But Rural and Urban Counties Suffer (Press Release)

Written by on August 25, 2020

State of Vacancy in Michigan 2020 Update Shares Residential Vacancy and Distressed Property Trends Download: News Release (PDF) FLINT, M.I. – August 25, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared the State of Vacancy in Michigan 2020 Update, a joint analysis with Data…

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Community Progress Shares Support for the “Neighborhood Homes Investment Act” (Press Release)

Written by on July 14, 2020

Proposed Legislation to Spur Revitalization by Closing the Real Estate Value Gap in Neighborhoods and generate more than $100 Billion in Community Development WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 14, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared its continued support for the Neighborhood Homes…

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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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