Register for a Cornerstone, our FREE monthly lunch-and-learn webinar series and stay up to date on the latest trends in community development. Webinars take place from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET on the fourth Thursday of each month and offer a range of topics including land banks and land banking, vacant land reuse, and strategic code enforcement.

Thanks to the generous support from Bank of America, Cornerstone webinars are offered free of charge. If you have any questions or topic suggestions for Cornerstone webinars, we want to hear them! Please contact Christina Carter-Grant, Program Officer for National Leadership and Education, at

Upcoming Webinars
October 28, 2021 | 12:00 pm ET

Vacant Land Stewardship – New Online Resource Center from Community Progress

Land is one of our greatest, and most finite, assets. Yet, currently, hundreds of thousands of lots are unmaintained and underutilized and actively detracting from quality of life and community well-being in communities across the country. These lots present a remarkable opportunity to address some of our most pressing challenges – healthy food access, stormwater management, aging infrastructure, ecosystem restoration, safe neighborhoods, community wealth. Join Community Progress staff to learn about our new Online Resource Center. This webinar will inform you, inspire you, and ultimately help you implement vacant land stewardship in your community.

Janell O’Keefe, Senior Program Officer for Michigan Initiatives
Evaine Sing, RLA, LEED AP – Community and Organizational Consultant, EKS Solutions, LLC.

Past Webinar Recordings

Available on Youtube

August 2021: The Cost of a 2×4 is What?! Overview of Lumber Costs and the Opportunity for Deconstruction >
Speakers: Dr. George H. Berghorn – Assistant Professor of Construction Management and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forestry, Michigan State University; Mae Bowley, Executive Director, Re:Purpose Savannah; Danielle Lewinski – Vice President of Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress for Community Progress

June 2021: Land Banks in America: Today’s Movement and What We’ve Learned >
Speaker: Brian Larkin – Director of the National Land Bank Network, Center for Community Progress

April 2021: Prioritizing Repair Support for Financially Struggling Property Owners > 
Presenter: Payton Heins – Director of Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress

March 2021: Land Banks 101: The Fundamentals of Land Banking and Equitable Development >
Presenter: Tarik Abdelazim – Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress