2020 Webinars: Center for Community Progress

Please join the Center for Community Progress in a monthly series of webinars addressing hot issues in community development and property revitalization.

Founded in 2010, Community Progress is the leading national, nonprofit resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to address the full cycle of property revitalization. The organization fulfills its mission by nurturing strong leadership and supporting systemic reforms. Community Progress works to ensure that public, private, and community leaders have the knowledge and capacity to create and sustain change. It also works to ensure that all communities have the policies, tools, and resources they need to support the effective, equitable reuse of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties.

February 27 Land Banking 101: The Fundamentals of Land Banking and Equitable Development
March 26 Strategic Code Enforcement: Building a “3-E” Ordinance Program ­– Equity, Efficiency, and Effectiveness
April 23 What Might Work, What Probably Won’t: Designing A Market-Building Strategy for Middle Neighborhoods
May 28 Community Leadership: Moving from Grassroots to Scalable Community Change

 

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash
Condon, Oregon. Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash.
Land Banking 101: The Fundamentals of Land Banking and Equitable Development

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:00 PM EST
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Speaker: Kim Graziani – Vice President and Director of National Technical Assistance

In the last decade, the number of land banks in the United States has increased exponentially, to almost 200 across more than 15 states. Attend this session to learn how one core success strategy for addressing vacancy, tax delinquency, and abandonment is helping communities drive equitable development.
In this session you’ll learn:

  • The history and unique powers of land banks,
  • How to evaluate when and if a land bank is the right community fit,
  • The top land banking pitfalls to avoid, and
  • Successful strategies for partnerships
Strategic Code Enforcement: Building a “3-E” Ordinance Program ­– Equity, Efficiency, and Effectiveness

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:00 PM EST
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Speaker: Matt Kreis – General Counsel, Center for Community Progress

Smart code enforcement programs leverage limited resources to drive valuable impact to grow equity while combatting vacant, abandoned, and distressed properties. Attend this webinar to learn the latest strategies in strategic code enforcement and how to:

  • Structure and roll out common tools including nuisance abatement, receivership, and rental registration,
  • Implement equity code enforcement safeguards, and
  • Align your code enforcement program with broader neighborhood stabilization effort.
What Might Work, What Probably Won’t: Designing A Market-Building Strategy for Middle Neighborhoods

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00 PM EST
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Speaker: Alan Mallach – Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress

Although struggling middle neighborhoods face many challenges, housing market weakness and the lack of homebuyer demand are a common underlying theme linking them all. But markets take many forms, and what may work for one neighborhood won’t work in another. Building on last year’s middle neighborhood webinars, Alan Mallach will walk participants through the process of designing a market-building strategy for a middle neighborhood, beginning with a process of identifying and analyzing a neighborhood’s distinct market challenges and opportunities, using that process to design a strategy, and then zooming in on specific initiatives and programs that may be effective in rebuilding the neighborhood market.

Community Leadership: Moving from Grassroots to Scalable Community Change
Marymoor Park community garden. Photo by King County Parks Your Big Backyard on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Marymoor Park community garden. Photo by King County Parks Your Big Backyard on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 12:00 PM EST
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Speaker: Liz Kozub – Assistant Director of National Leadership and Education

Residents can create large-scale community success when given to power to take charge. Learn how change-makers across the US, from concerned moms to non-profit leaders, are converting the vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties next door into community resources.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • How the Community Revitalization Fellowship has supported grassroots community leaders bringing new ideas to life in their neighborhoods.
  • Examples of concerned community members who launched new gardens, parks, and more, and,
  • Tips on how community institutions can support resident driven work.