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Community Progress Shares Support for the "Neighborhood Homes Investment Act"

“The fight to help American neighborhoods reach their full potential requires a diverse set of help. The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act will make possible what has for too long been economically impossible. This targeted approach to closing the value gap in struggling markets has the power to heal neighborhoods that have been paralyzed by vacancy and disinvestment. We look forward to seeing the rich impact public and private partnerships will have on improving health and rebuilding communities,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress.

Community Progress Shares Support for the "National Land Bank Network Act of 2020"

“Land banks are a critical tool for rebuilding communities and reimagining vacant spaces. This bill recognizes the importance of the growing land bank movement, its power to advance racial equity, and the national need for federal resources to uplift and connect the diverse field,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, President and CEO of Community Progress.


“The urgency of this investment comes at an inflection point, as local leaders around the country confront the future economic impact of COVID-19 on their neighborhoods. We would like to thank congressmen Kildee and Ferguson for their vision and stand ready to support land banks in their important work.”

Four Community and Economic Development Leaders Sign on to Center for Community Progress Board

“We are pleased to welcome these influential leaders to the Community Progress team,” said Jeanne Wardford, Board Chair and Senior Program Officer for the Kellogg Foundation. “Their wealth of insight and expertise will be a tremendous benefit as we work to respond to the growing needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic and America’s ongoing challenge of property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration.”

The Center for Community Progress Hires National Director of Partnerships

“Collaboration is a vital part of creating success at the national, local, and neighborhood level,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, President and CEO. “Mrs. Guillaume-Delemar’s extensive experience creating impact at every level will enhance our ability to grow and expand our work in the communities across America.”

Community Development Leader Selects Revitalization Fellows from Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Massachusetts

 “Neighborhood vacancy and abandonment solutions have to be as creative as the problems they solve,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, CEO and President of the nationally-focused Center for Community Progress. “These resident-leaders are already innovating in their backyard. We are excited to invest resources and education to help them expand their work.”

Community Progress CEO to Share at Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) "Health and Housing" Follow Up“The vital connection between people and place is a powerful tool for creating sustainable healthy communities,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, President and CEO of Center for Community Progress. “I am excited to share more about the innovative connections we are seeing between our work on the ground and the lives and health of residents in those communities.”02/11/20
The Center for Community Progress to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts“The arts have proven to be powerful tools in growing community revitalization,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress. “We are grateful for the continued partnership and investment from the NEA that helps us share inspiration and best practices from and with communities who are engaging in these new opportunities to fight vacancy with creativity.” 01/15/20
The Center for Community Progress Appoints New Director of Communications

WASHINGTON, DC – December 3, 2019 – Today the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, announced Jovan Hackley, former marketing leader for Trulia.com and the Virginia Realtors® will serve as its new Director of Communications.

Registration Opens for the National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Registration for the ninth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is now open. The conference, hosted by the Center for Community Progress, heads to Atlanta, Georgia, on October 2-4, 2019. It will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE) and is expected to draw approximately 1,000 professionals from around the country.

Eighteen community leaders chosen for national Community Revitalization Fellowship

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Today, the Center for Community Progress announced the inaugural cohort of its national Community Revitalization Fellowship. Eighteen community leaders, six each from Gary, Ind., Jackson, Miss., and Newark, N.J., were selected through a competitive application process. In total, 40 communities applied to participate in the Fellowship.