Learn More About Our Work
Get news and resources to help you make a difference.

Online Education


"As we set up [a] land bank, we are also working to overhaul the City’s existing anti-blight ordinance and create and refine other tools for addressing problem properties. It was incredibly helpful for the team not only to hear an overview of what exactly a land bank is but also to hear how it works with other systems and tools to address vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent, and foreclosed properties. "

Webinar Participant

Cornerstone Webinars


The Cornerstone Webinar Series is a FREE monthly lunchtime webinar series that equips participants with the building blocks to understand and solve tough challenges related to property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. These hour-long webinars offer participants the ability to learn about topics and tools related to revitalization with field experts. Webinars take place from 12:00-1:00pm EDT on the fourth Thursday of each month. Check out our upcoming webinars below:

 

 

May 2019

 

Credit: Baltimore Heritage, flickr, 2019

Beyond Clipboards: A Strategic Approach to Code Enforcement

May 23, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT | Register now >> 

A strategic code enforcement program can help local governments proactively reverse the impacts of VAD properties. Gaining compliance from owner-occupants and landlords, however, is as much a function of economics as it is of code enforcement. A strategic approach, therefore, adapts to economic conditions that vary block by block. This webinar will outline the elements of a strategic code enforcement program, including regulation, policy, cost recovery, and “carrots & sticks”—for both rental and owner-occupied units. Tools to be discussed include administrative remedies, nuisance abatement, receivership, rental registration and licensing, and alignment with broader neighborhood stabilization efforts.

Presenter: Karen Black - Principal May 8 Consulting, Inc.

 

Past Cornerstone Webinars


February 2019: Communities at Risk: Understanding the Challenges Facing Middle Neighborhoods

Presenter: Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress

 

March 2019: Land Banks and Land Banking 101 

Presenter: Tarik Abdelazim, Associate Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress

 

April 2019: Planting Refuge Violence Prevention Through Vacant Property Greening

Presenters: Alison Grodzinski, Managing Director - Prevention Research Center of Michigan/Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center, and Michelle Kondo, PhD, Research Social Scientist - USDA Forest Service, Philadelphia Field Station

 

If you have any questions or topic suggestions for Cornerstone webinars, we want to hear them! Please contact Justin Godard at jgodard@communityprogress.net.

 

Support from Bank of America makes the Cornerstone webinar series possible.