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Place-Based Trainings 

The Center for Community Progress’ place-based trainings bring national expertise to your community to help pave the way forward. Place-based trainings are a customizable learning opportunity that equips your community with the knowledge and skills needed to strengthen your revitalization work. 


Download the complete packet (PDF) of information about Community Progress' place-based trainings, including FAQs and detailed descriptions of all units.


How is a place-based training structured? 

Our staff will work with you to develop a place-based training for your community based on some combination of content from our six units. The six units include:


  • Using Data to Strengthen Neighborhood Interventions: Using data to understand the conditions that shape revitalization opportunities and constraints and how to plan accordingly
  • Strategic Code Enforcement: Developing code enforcement programs that respond to the varying needs and priorities of different neighborhoods
  • Rental Regulation: Developing strategies, including registration and licensing programs, to identify and improve rental property conditions
  • Property Tax Systems: Reforming tax policies so that they contribute to neighborhood stabilization
  • Land Banking: Examining how to use this tool effectively to eliminate properties’ liabilities so they can be returned to productive use
  • Vacant Land Reuse: Planning and implementing effective, equitable small- and large-scale vacant land reuse initiatives


Each unit includes sessions, or modules, totaling 26 different modules for you to pick from. Think of these modules as the building blocks of your community’s place-based training. You can mix and match modules from different units to build a customized training. Our staff will work with you to pick the right modules for your community, developing a place-based training agenda that meets your needs. 


For example, if your community’s land bank is just getting off the ground and local leaders have a lot of questions about land banking, an agenda that dives deep into land banking may make the most sense. In that case, your customized agenda would feature several modules from the Land Banking unit. Or if you’d like a broader understanding of many different systems involved in tackling vacant, abandoned, or deteriorated properties, your agenda might be include introductory modules from Neighborhood Markets, Delinquent Tax Enforcement, Strategic Code Enforcement, Land Banking, and Rental Regulation.


Plese view a sample of a workshop agenda to see how a place-based training can be structured. Contact Courtney Knox at cknox@communityprogress.net to discuss what agenda would work best for your community.


How are modules structured? 

Learning happens best when participants have the opportunity to interact and engage with the material. Therefore, our modules blend classroom presentations with interactive discussion, small group activities, and hands-on learning. Recognizing the importance of equipping participants with knowledge and skills to make change happen, module content emphasizes the practical over the philosophical, relying heavily on real-world examples of best practices.


How long is a placed-based training? 

We offer half-day or full-day place-based trainings depending on the number of modules included in your customized agenda.


Who should participate in a place-based training? 

The appropriate audience for a place-based training depends on your community’s goals. Place-based trainings are primarily designed for local government, local nonprofits, philanthropy, anchor institutions, or in some cases private-sector stakeholders. However, place-based trainings can be successfully adapted for a community-based audience, including neighborhood and/or tenant associations. Placebased training agendas can be customized to fit the needs of your preferred audience, and our staff can offer guidance on who should be in the room.


How much does a place-based training cost? 

Rates are based on the length of the training. For more information on cost please contact Courtney Knox at (877) 542-4842 ext, 20 or via email at cknox@communityprogress.net.


How do I request a place-based training? 

Organizations wishing to request a place-based training should contact Courtney Knox at (877) 542-4842 ext, 20 or via email at cknox@communityprogress.net