The buzz about land banks is growing, and for good reason. More than 200 land banks have been launched across the United States to acquire, maintain, and transfer vacant and abandoned buildings and lots. These governmental entities have helped transform neighborhoods in places like Detroit, Michigan; Syracuse, New York; Dallas, Texas; and Macon, Georgia that face widespread vacancy stemming from economic changes, natural disasters, and other events.
As the foremost national resource for land banks, Community Progress is proud to lead the National Land Bank Network (NLBN), which unites land bank leaders to share knowledge, network, and leverage their strengths to better inform policy change, strengthen land banking as a tool, and build a national community of practice. The National Land Bank Network was launched in earnest in 2020, and continues to build out infrastructure, capacity, and resources to support individual land banks and the broader national field of practice.
Since 2010, land banking has served as a core focus area for Community Progress who has: provided direct assistance and leadership training to land banks around the country; championed statewide networks of land banks in multiple states; shaped and supported successful efforts to pass state enabling legislation and legislative reforms for land banking; and published industry-leading publications that have become widely used and referenced by practitioners, policymakers and community organizations who share an interest in land banks and land banking programs.
The Inaugural National Land Bank Network (NLBN) Summit is the only national event dedicated to urban, suburban, and rural land banks. Since 2010, over 200 land banks and land banking initiatives have launched across the United States to support the growing inventories of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. Today, the success of land banks of differing sizes and scale has created an important opportunity to build a national movement to steward land strategically and equitably for the public good.
The NLBN Summit will explore the latest strategies for land banks to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties by providing space to showcase innovation and forums for nurturing new ideas. Through uniting leaders with common challenges, the NLBN Summit will equip every land bank with the tools to effect real, on-the-ground change.