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FREE “Boot Camp” Helps Fighting Vacancy – Join Us for the 2020 VAD Academy!

September 3, 2020


Property revitalization has never been more critical need as cities across the country continue to battle vacancy, abandonment, and housing instability resulting from natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. But what does “revitalization” look like for your community? What strategic partnerships can be leveraged to achieve those revitalization goals? And most importantly, how can it be accomplished in a way that is both equitable and sustainable?

Learn this and more in our 2020 VAD Academy!

What is the VAD Academy?

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.

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What Can I Expect?

The 2020 VAD Academy is a virtual “boot camp” featuring sessions that will walk you through topics related to property revitalization. It also provides the opportunity to engage with faculty and fellow VAD Academy participants in more in-depth conversations on these revitalization topic areas:

Week 1: Understanding VAD Properties and the Property Revitalization Cycle

Tuesday, October 6, 12:00 – 3:00pm ET

Friday, October 9, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Week 2: Tools for Property Revitalization

Tuesday, October 13, 12:00 – 3:30pm ET

Friday, October 16, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Week 3: Broader Concepts to Inform Property Revitalization Action

Tuesday, October 20, 12:00 – 3:00pm ET

Friday, October 23, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

*Click here to view a more detailed agenda of the 2020 VAD Academy! Details may be subject to change.

Why Should I Attend?

VAD Academy participants will have the chance to:

  • Connect with expert community development professionals and researchers with backgrounds that range from land banking and strategic code enforcement to housing and community engagement;
  • Get updates on the best practices and proven expertise related to property revitalization;
  • Engage with peer professionals to learn from like-minded leaders about approaches that are working in the field; and
  • Mobilize and master the tools and concepts needed to effectively and equitably tackle vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration in your community.

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

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