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"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. "

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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 below for more information on upcoming webinars:


July 2019


Strengthening the Middle: Challenges and Strategies for Rebuilding Middle Neighborhoods

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET | July 25, 2019 | Register Now

In our February webinar, Alan Mallach introduced the subject of middle neighborhoods - the solid but unpretentious working- and middle-class neighborhoods of our cities and inner-ring suburbs - and the challenges they face. In this webinar, Alan will zoom in on the particular forces that are threatening middle neighborhoods’ vitality today and describe some of the strategies that may help stabilize some and revive others. By looking at each neighborhood’s mix of challenges and assets, he will focus on the central challenge of rebuilding homebuyer demand, and why that goal is both so difficult and yet so important to the future of these neighborhoods. He will discuss the competitive dynamics of metro-wide housing demand, and why it is critical for neighborhoods to maximize the value of their assets. He will explore a variety of different strategies designed to strengthen demand such as neighborhood marketing, upgrading the housing stock and increasing credit access, as well as other strategies designed to build social capital and cohesion. 

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


Past Cornerstone Webinar Recordings


June 2019: LISC Safety & Justice – Collaborative Approaches for Safe Places

Presenters: Matt Perkins - Sr. Program Officer, LISC Safety and Justice; Bess Earl - Program Officer, Milwaukee LISC

May 2019: Beyond Clipboards: A Strategic Approach to Code Enforcement

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

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

March 2019: Land Banks and Land Banking 101 

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

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

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


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.