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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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COVID-19 Recovery – The Future of America’s Communities & Today’s Equity Opportunity

Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:00-1:00 pm ET | Register Now >>

When any crisis emerges, it always presents us with an opportunity to shape more equitable American communities. How we respond, whether through large stimulus packages or local code enforcement decisions, can have long-lasting impacts and define the challenges residents will face in the future. The COVID-19 Pandemic is no different and requires us to not only respond to the immediate dangers but also pursue strategies that bring forth long-lasting equitable outcomes.

Join this webinar to hear and share perspectives on:

  • How cities will fundamentally change as a result of COVID and how to plan for that change,
  • Early indicators for understanding and anticipating neighborhood conditions,
  • Major issues and opportunities facing national and local leaders, and
  • Urgent community development opportunities for contributing to long-term economic recovery and equitable outcomes across the United States.


Moderator: Akilah Watkins-Butler – President and CEO, Center for Community Progress


The 2020 VAD Academy 

October 2020 | Register Now!


The VAD Academy – short for Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academy – is an intensive training for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders working on tough challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties. This year’s VAD Academy will be held online and take place over the first three weeks in October. Thanks to the generous support of NeighborWorks America, the 2020 edition of the VAD Academy will be offered free of charge to attendees, a $225 savings. 


Get your free ticket today – register for the 2020 VAD Academy!


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There are no upcoming webinars at this time.


Partner Webinars


Black Middle Neighborhoods in Legacy Cities, Part 2: Strategies

Tuesday, October 1, 2020 12:00 pm ET | Register Now


In Part One, Alan Mallach and Nedra Sims Fears addressed the history of the Black middle neighborhood in America's legacy cities, the forces impeding their success, and the implications of their unequal recovery on the wealth of Black households and the health of cities. In Part Two, we will move from the unique challenges and opportunities faced by Black middle neighborhoods to explore strategies for their stabilization and revival, with examples of equity-focused and market-oriented stabilization efforts in Shaker Heights and Baltimore. 


PresentersJohnette Richardson - Deputy Director at Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, MD; Kamla Lewis - Director of Neighborhoods for City of Shaker Heights, OH; and Alan Mallach - Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress, Washington, D.C.



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2010 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference


Event Date: October 13-15, 2010
Category: Community Progress Event

Thanks to the nearly 1,000 people who attended the third national Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference in Cleveland! We look forward to working with you to help make the strategies you learned about fit your community’s needs.  Download the program, presentations, participant list, and speaker bios

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Community Progress President, Dan Kildee, kicks off the 2011 Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference in Cleveland
Dan Kildee welcomes members of the National Vacant Properties Campaign Executive Committee: Joe Schilling (Virginia Tech), Mike Tierney (LISC), and Geoff Anderson (Smart Growth America.)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Mayor Dayne Walling (Flint) and Mayor Frank Jackson (Cleveland)
Mayors A.C. Wharton (Memphis) and Dayne Walling (Flint) participate in a roundtable discussion moderated by Diana Lind (New Cities Foundation and Next American City.)
Neighborhood Progress, Inc. Acting Director, Linda Warren, welcomes attendees at a reception
Best-selling author Alex Kotlowitz inspires the crowd
Q&A time in the plenaries
Alex Kotlowitz signs books at the Visible Voice book stand
A discussion during the poster session
More discussions about ideas presented through the poster session
Alan Mallach (Community Progress/The Brookings Institution) and Olga Stella (Detroit Economic Growth Corporation) discuss re-imagining cities
Presley L. Gillespie (Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation)
Carey Shea (Project Home Again) and Ellen M. Lee (Greater New Orleans Foundation)
A breakout during one of the training sessions
A breakout during one of the training sessions
Brooke Furio (EPA, Region 5)
James McNichol (Milwaukee Police Department)
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