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Community Progress hosts trainings and other educational events around the country. Here, you’ll find information about our upcoming events, including registration (if applicable), as well as the events of partner organizations.


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2019 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 

Atlanta, Georgia | October 2-4, 2019 | Learn More

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) is the only national conference dedicated to strengthening communities through innovative solutions for vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. From October 2-4, 2019, RVP is expected to draw approximately 1,000 professionals to Atlanta for 60+ engaging sessions and other learning opportunities. This year's theme is “Equity First: Revitalizing Communities Together.” It will focus on efforts to revitalize disinvested communities in ways that meet the needs and preferences of residents, create new opportunities for and with marginalized communities, and rectify unjust land use, housing, and related policies that contributed to decline.


Our Webinars


Planting Refuge: Violence Prevention Through Vacant Property Greening

April 25, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT: Click here to register

Recent research has shown that vacancy plays a significant role in encouraging local crime—and that improving the state of vacant properties can prevent violence and foster safer communities. This Cornerstone webinar will feature the work of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center in exploring the impact of vacant properties on the prevalence of crime and the effect that greening can play in prevention. Participants will hear about YVPC’s research and evaluation studies in partnership with local community organizations conducting greening and vacant land revitalization initiatives in Flint, Michigan; Camden, New Jersey; and Youngstown, Ohio.

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


Beyond Clipboards: A Strategic Approach to Code Enforcement

May 23, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT: Click here to register 

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.


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