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Michigan Appropriates $75 Million to Expand Critical Statewide Blight Elimination Program
January 31, 2023
Michigan Appropriates $75 Million to Expand Critical Statewide Blight Elimination Program

Michigan Association of Land Banks and the Center for Community Progress celebrate this important commitment to revitalizing disinvested communities across the state. LANSING, MI – On January 26, 2023, the Michigan legislature passed S.B. 7, which was signed by the Governor today and goes into immediate effect as P.A. 1…

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November 2, 2022
The Center for Community Progress Announces Courtney Knox as Interim President and CEO

The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) Board of Directors today appoint Vice President and Director of National Leadership and Education Courtney Knox to serve as the interim president and chief executive of the organization, effective immediately. As interim president, Knox will continue to ensure organizational continuity as the Board…

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Akilah Watkins to Depart as President and CEO of Center for Community Progress
September 14, 2022
Akilah Watkins to Depart as President and CEO of Center for Community Progress

The Center for Community Progress Board of Directors issued the following statement on the departure of President and CEO Akilah Watkins. After more than five years of dedicated service, Dr. Akilah Watkins will depart her role as President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress to assume the position…

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to Open the 2022 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
August 18, 2022
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to Open the 2022 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Dr. Kendi and Mayor Lightfoot join Tonika Lewis Johnson and national philanthropic leaders as keynotes at national community development conference WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 18, 2022 – The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) is honored to announce Dr. Ibram X. Kendi as the opening plenary speaker at the biennial…

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New “Blight Elimination Program” Offers Transformative Grant Funding to Rural and Urban Michigan Communities
July 1, 2022
New “Blight Elimination Program” Offers Transformative Grant Funding to Rural and Urban Michigan Communities

Michigan Association of Land Banks and Center for Community Progress applaud the bill, which provides much-needed funding for vacant property stabilization, remediation, and demolition.  LANSING, MI – On June 30, 2022, the Michigan State House and Senate passed H.B. 5783, which included a critical appropriation of over $75 million to…

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Community Progress Welcomes 2022 Community Revitalization Fellows from New York, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico
May 24, 2022
Community Progress Welcomes 2022 Community Revitalization Fellows from New York, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico

The Center for Community Progress announces the selected fellowship cohorts for this year’s Community Revitalization Fellowship.  WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 24, 2022 – The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) is honored to share the participants for the 2022-23 Community Revitalization Fellowship (CRF). Cohorts of grassroots community leaders from Syracuse,…

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Community Progress Welcomes Four New Board Members
April 25, 2022
Community Progress Welcomes Four New Board Members

Vince Bennett, Michael Nutter, Karen Freeman-Wilson, and Toni Griffin join the Center for Community Progress board of directors. WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 25, 2022 — The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) is pleased to welcome to its board of directors Vincent Bennett, CEO of MBS Properties, Inc.; Karen Freeman-Wilson,…

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January 7, 2022
Community Progress Hails the American Rescue Plan Act Final Rule Issued by Treasury

The Final Rule provides important clarifications and expanded definitions that will enable local leaders to confidently fund ARPA recovery programs that include rehabilitation, demolition, deconstruction, greening, and maintenance. WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 7, 2022 — The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned,…

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Community Progress Launches National Creative Placemaking Database
November 11, 2021
Community Progress Launches National Creative Placemaking Database

Washington, D.C. – Today,  Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on landing banking and vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, announced the launch of its new Creative Placemaking Database. The growing database features creative placemaking projects from across the nation, project impacts, and the lessons learned. This database was made possible…

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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Chicago, Illinois on September 7-9, 2022
September 22, 2021
National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Chicago, Illinois on September 7-9, 2022

Washington, D.C. –  Center for Community Progress will host the tenth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties (RVP) Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on September 7-9, 2022, at the Hilton Chicago. Community Progress is America’s leading nonprofit resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to equitably address the full cycle of property revitalization.   “Community Progress is…

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New Resource: Vacant Land Stewardship Online Resource Center
September 15, 2021
New Resource: Vacant Land Stewardship Online Resource Center

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, launched the Vacant Land Stewardship Online Resource Center, an expansive, ever-growing database of submitted vacant lot projects from across the country, along with new publications on best practices for vacant land programming and a community self-assessment tool.  Vacant lots make up the majority of vacant property…

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Communities are Using Arts and Culture to Tackle Challenges Amid the Pandemic; and it’s Working (Press Release)
June 28, 2021
Communities are Using Arts and Culture to Tackle Challenges Amid the Pandemic; and it’s Working (Press Release)

The Saving Power of Community Creativity highlights leaders’ response to COVID-19 and racial injustice through arts, culture, and creative placemaking, created to be a resource for others.  Washington, DC – June 29, 2021 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties,…

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Twelve Cities Selected to Address Vacant Properties at the Vacant Property Leadership Institute
June 22, 2021
Twelve Cities Selected to Address Vacant Properties at the Vacant Property Leadership Institute

Center for Community Progress and the National League of Cities announce the selected cities and states to attend the Vacant Property Leadership Institute for Free Educational Programming and Customized Technical Assistance.  FLINT, MICH. – Delegations from twelve cities across four states have been selected to attend the 2022 Vacant Property…

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Well-Known Georgia Community Development Leader Joins Community Progress’ Newly Formalized Place-Based Program
March 31, 2021
Well-Known Georgia Community Development Leader Joins Community Progress’ Newly Formalized Place-Based Program

Odetta MacLeish-White to Shape Vacancy Prevention & Affordable Housing Initiative in Georgia   Washington, D.C. – March 27, 2021 – Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), the nation’s leading resource on land banking and revitalizing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, named long-time a community development leader and the former Managing…

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National Land Bank Network Launches with  “State of Land Banks” Nationwide Research
March 8, 2021
National Land Bank Network Launches with “State of Land Banks” Nationwide Research

New Director Launches Survey and Interviews to Power New Funding Advocacy and  Online Education for Fighting Vacancy   Washington, D.C. – March 9, 2021 – The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), the nation’s leading resource on landing banking and vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, announced today that Brian Larkin…

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February 9, 2021
New Community Development Website Offers Free Education on Systemic Vacancy & Revitalization

New communityprogress.org offers free education, assistance resources, and more for local leaders and revitalization non-profits      WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 12, 2021 — Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) announced the launch of a new website, communityprogress.org, offering online learning centers, industry events, and a new blog for educating…

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New National Program to Help Local Governments Tackle Vacant Property Challenges in Support of Safer, Inclusive Communities Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis
February 3, 2021
New National Program to Help Local Governments Tackle Vacant Property Challenges in Support of Safer, Inclusive Communities Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis

Center for Community Progress and the National League of Cities accepting Letters of Interest for Free Educational Programming and Customized Technical Assistance WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 27, 2021 – Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) and the National League of Cities (NLC) announced that a new Vacant Property…

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December 14, 2020
Community Progress Expands Technical Assistance Services

New Senior Advisor, Vice President and Program Leaders to Lead Local, State, and Neighborhood Assistance   WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 8, 2020 — Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) announced new infrastructure changes and staff appointments to serve more communities through its technical assistance and place-based programs. “Communities need…

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Community Progress CEO to Share at  Yale School of the Environment
November 12, 2020
Community Progress CEO to Share at Yale School of the Environment

Dr. Akilah Watkins to share on “Housing in a Pandemic-Driven World” as a part of the Community Development and Equity series WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 12, 2020 — The Yale School of the Environment has invited, Dr. Akilah Watkins, President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, to share on its…

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New Report: Michigan Vacant Home Rates Down, But Rural and Urban Counties Suffer (Press Release)
August 25, 2020
New Report: Michigan Vacant Home Rates Down, But Rural and Urban Counties Suffer (Press Release)

State of Vacancy in Michigan 2020 Update Shares Residential Vacancy and Distressed Property Trends FLINT, M.I. – August 25, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared the State of Vacancy in Michigan 2020 Update, a joint analysis…

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Community Progress Shares Support for the “Neighborhood Homes Investment Act” (Press Release)
July 14, 2020
Community Progress Shares Support for the “Neighborhood Homes Investment Act” (Press Release)

Proposed Legislation to Spur Revitalization by Closing the Real Estate Value Gap in Neighborhoods and generate more than $100 Billion in Community Development WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 14, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared its continued…

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Community Progress Shares Support for the “National Land Bank Network Act of 2020” (Press Release)
June 15, 2020
Community Progress Shares Support for the “National Land Bank Network Act of 2020” (Press Release)

Land Banking Expert Supports Proposed Legislation to Bring $60 Million in Support to U.S. Land Banks  WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 16, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared its support for the bi-partisan supported National Land…

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Four Community and Economic Development Leaders Sign on to Center for Community Progress Board (Press Release)
May 19, 2020
Four Community and Economic Development Leaders Sign on to Center for Community Progress Board (Press Release)

Carey Shea, Brett Theodos, Mijo Vodopic, and Jay Williams join the Board of Directors for National Community Revitalization Nonprofit News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 19, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, announced that the newest appointments…

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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Heads to Milwaukee in 2018 (Press Release)
March 22, 2020
National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Heads to Milwaukee in 2018 (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Conference Newsroom WASHINGTON D.C. – The eighth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 15-17, 2018, announced the Center for Community Progress, the national nonprofit that hosts the event. The conference will be at the Wisconsin…

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The Center for Community Progress Hires National Director of Partnerships (Press Release)
March 9, 2020
The Center for Community Progress Hires National Director of Partnerships (Press Release)

Kathy J. Guillaume-Delemar, Housing Authority Leader and Development Executive joins senior leadership of national Community Development Nonprofit News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 9, 2020 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, announced Kathy J. Guillaume-Delemar, Vice Chair…

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Community Progress CEO to Share at Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) “Health and Housing” Follow Up (Press Release)
February 11, 2020
Community Progress CEO to Share at Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) “Health and Housing” Follow Up (Press Release)

Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler to Present at Health, Housing, Race, Equity and Power Funders Convening in Oakland, CA News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 11, 2020 — The Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) has announced that CEO and President of the Center for Community Progress, Dr. Akilah Watkins- Butler, will share on strategic…

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Community Development Leader Selects Revitalization Fellows from Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Massachusetts (Press Release)
February 11, 2020
Community Development Leader Selects Revitalization Fellows from Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Massachusetts (Press Release)

Eighteen resident-activists to participate in national Community Revitalization Fellowship   News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 11, 2020 — Today, the Center for Community Progress announced eighteen grassroots community leaders from across the nation have been selected and funded to participate in the 2020 Community Revitalization Fellowship (CRF); which will train…

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The Center for Community Progress to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (Press Release)
January 15, 2020
The Center for Community Progress to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (Press Release)

News Release (PDF) WASHINGTON, DC – January 15, 2020 — The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a $35,000 Art Works grant to expand its work helping communities leverage creative placemaking to combat property vacancy and deterioration. The new funding will…

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The Center for Community Progress Appoints New Director of Communications (Press Release)
December 3, 2019
The Center for Community Progress Appoints New Director of Communications (Press Release)

Jovan Hackley, former University CMO and Real Estate Executive joins senior leadership of national Community Development Non-Profit News Release (PDF) 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…

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Registration Opens for the National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (Press Release)
June 17, 2019
Registration Opens for the National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Conference Newsroom 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…

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Eighteen Community Leaders Chosen for National Community Revitalization Fellowship (Press Release)
May 9, 2019
Eighteen Community Leaders Chosen for National Community Revitalization Fellowship (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) About the Community Revitalization Fellowship  About Center for Community Progress 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…

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For Fifth Year in a Row, Revitalization Projects Receive “Public Displays of Affection” For Valentine’s Day (Press Release)
February 14, 2019
For Fifth Year in a Row, Revitalization Projects Receive “Public Displays of Affection” For Valentine’s Day (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) About Center for Community Progress WASHINGTON, D.C. – For Valentine’s Day, the annual #LoveThatLot campaign is encouraging people to engage in “Public Displays of Affection” for outstanding, under-recognized vacant property revitalization efforts. The Center for Community Progress, the national nonprofit behind the campaign, recommends that interested participants: Use…

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Community Progress Launches New Community Revitalization Fellowship for Resident Leaders (Press Release)
January 10, 2019
Community Progress Launches New Community Revitalization Fellowship for Resident Leaders (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) About the Community Revitalization Fellowship About Center for Community Progress WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit organization, is launching a new nine-month fellowship to help grassroots community leaders revitalize neighborhoods that are struggling with vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment. In 2019, 18…

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Center for Community Progress Welcomes Six New Members to the Board of Directors (Press Release)
August 27, 2018
Center for Community Progress Welcomes Six New Members to the Board of Directors (Press Release)

  More Info News Release (PDF) About Center for Community Progress Newsroom FLINT, MICH. – The Center for Community Progress is pleased to announce the appointment of six national leaders to the organization’s Board of Directors. The new board members are: Katherine Garvey, professor and director of the Land Use Sustainable…

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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Heads to Atlanta in 2019 (Press Release)
January 30, 2018
National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Heads to Atlanta in 2019 (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Conference Newsroom WASHINGTON D.C. – The ninth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 2-4, 2019, announced the Center for Community Progress, the national nonprofit that hosts the event. The conference will be at the…

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Center for Community Progress Welcomes Akilah Watkins-Butler as New President and CEO (Press Release)
June 19, 2017
Center for Community Progress Welcomes Akilah Watkins-Butler as New President and CEO (Press Release)

  More Info News Release (PDF) Dr. Watkins-Butler’s Bio About Center for Community Progress Newsroom FLINT, MICH. – The Center for Community Progress today announced that Akilah Watkins-Butler, Ph.D., will be taking the helm as the national nonprofit’s new president and CEO. Dr. Watkins-Butler steps into the role in early July…

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Center for Community Progress Initiative One of 89 NEA Our Town Projects Selected Nationwide (Press Release)
June 14, 2017
Center for Community Progress Initiative One of 89 NEA Our Town Projects Selected Nationwide (Press Release)

  More Info News Release (PDF) About our National and Leadership Education Work  About Center for Community Progress Newsroom WASHINGTON D.C. – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 89 awards totaling $6.89 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. The Center for Community Progress is…

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Three Communities Selected for Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarships (Press Release)
April 12, 2017
Three Communities Selected for Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarships (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) National Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Albany, New York; Huntington, West Virginia; and Memphis, Tennessee, are the 2017 recipients of the Center for Community Progress’ Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP). Through TASP, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), a national nonprofit, will help…

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Five Finalist Communities Advance in Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (Press Release)
January 9, 2017
Five Finalist Communities Advance in Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) National Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Albany, New York; Huntington, West Virginia; Las Vegas, Nevada; Memphis, Tennessee; and the Steel Rivers Council of Governments, Pennsylvania, are finalists in a competition to receive one of up to three technical assistance scholarships from the Center for Community Progress,…

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JPMorgan Chase Grants $525K to Center for Community Progress Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (Press Release)
October 11, 2016
JPMorgan Chase Grants $525K to Center for Community Progress Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) National Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) Grant will help communities tackle property vacancy and abandonment  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has awarded a $525,000 grant to the national Center for Community Progress to support its Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP). The grant…

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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Baltimore on September 28-30, 2016 (Press Release)
September 15, 2016
National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Baltimore on September 28-30, 2016 (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Conference Newsroom BALTIMORE – The seventh national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will come to Baltimore, Maryland, on September 28-30, 2016, announced the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit and host of the event. The conference will be held at the Hilton Baltimore…

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Three Cities Selected for Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarships (Press Release)
March 8, 2016
Three Cities Selected for Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarships (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) National Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) Baltimore, High Point, Rockford will receive guidance from Center for Community Progress WASHINGTON, D.C. – Baltimore, Maryland; High Point, North Carolina; and Rockford, Illinois, are the latest recipients of the Center for Community Progress’ Technical Assistance Scholarship Program…

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Nine Leadership Institute Delegations Reflect Nationwide Need for Vacant Properties Solutions (Press Release)
February 23, 2016
Nine Leadership Institute Delegations Reflect Nationwide Need for Vacant Properties Solutions (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) Photo Gallery Community Progress Leadership Institute WASHINGTON, D.C. – Delegations from nine cities across three states and the District of Columbia have been selected to attend the 2016 Community Progress Leadership Institute, a program that equips practitioners with the leadership and technical skills to address significant…

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Revitalization Projects Receive Public Displays of Affection for Valentine’s Day (Press Release)
February 11, 2016
Revitalization Projects Receive Public Displays of Affection for Valentine’s Day (Press Release)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For Valentine’s Day, the #LoveThatLot campaign is encouraging people to engage in “Public Displays of Affection” for outstanding vacant property revitalization projects. The Center for Community Progress, the national nonprofit behind the campaign, recommends that interested participants: Use the #LoveThatLot hashtag to share photos of revitalization projects on social…

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Three Cities Selected for Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarships (Press Release)
September 16, 2015
Three Cities Selected for Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarships (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) National Technical Assistance Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) Cleveland, Lucas County, St. Louis will receive guidance from Center for Community Progress WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cleveland, Ohio; Lucas County, Ohio; and St. Louis, Missouri, are the latest recipients of the Center for Community Progress’ Technical Assistance Scholarship Program…

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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Comes to Baltimore in 2016 (Press Release)
September 10, 2015
National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Comes to Baltimore in 2016 (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Media Kit WASHINGTON, D.C. – The seventh national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will come to Baltimore, Maryland, on September 28-30, 2016, announced the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit and host of the event. The conference will be held at the Hilton…

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New Land Banks Publication Features Research, Guidance, Sample Legislation (Press Release)
June 18, 2015
New Land Banks Publication Features Research, Guidance, Sample Legislation (Press Release)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Community Progress today announced the release of Land Banks and Land Banking, 2nd Ed., by Frank S. Alexander, law professor at Emory University and co-founder of the Center for Community Progress. Land Banks and Land Banking, 2nd Ed. is available to download at no cost through the Center for Community Progress…

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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Detroit May 19-21, 2015 (Press Release)
May 13, 2015
National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Detroit May 19-21, 2015 (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference DETROIT – The sixth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will come to Detroit, Michigan, May 19-21, 2015, announced the Flint-based Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit and host of the event. The conference will be held at the Detroit Marriott at…

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Seven Cities Selected to Tackle Vacant and Problem Properties at Leadership Institute (Press Release)
February 10, 2015
Seven Cities Selected to Tackle Vacant and Problem Properties at Leadership Institute (Press Release)

More Info News Release (PDF) Photo Gallery  Community Progress Leadership Institute  FLINT, Mich. – Delegations from seven cities across three states have been selected to attend the 2015 Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI), a training program focused on equipping leaders with the skills to address large inventories of blighted and vacant properties for…

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Four Cities Selected for Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarships (Press Release)
January 29, 2015
Four Cities Selected for Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarships (Press Release)

Dallas, Detroit, Gary and Trenton will receive guidance from the Center for Community Progress More Info Dallas, Texas Detroit, Michigan  Gary, Indiana  Trenton, New Jersey News Release (PDF) Technical Assistance at Community Progress FLINT, Mich. – Groups of local leaders in Dallas, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Gary, Indiana; and Trenton, New Jersey…

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Land Banks’ Adaptability Yields Results for Communities Tackling Vacant and Problem Properties, According To Report (Press Release)
November 18, 2014
Land Banks’ Adaptability Yields Results for Communities Tackling Vacant and Problem Properties, According To Report (Press Release)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An estimated 120 land banks exist in the United States, and their ability to adapt to local conditions and needs is helping communities, large and small, address the negative impacts of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties, according to Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s…

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New York Land Banks Report Statewide Progress (Press Release)
October 9, 2014
New York Land Banks Report Statewide Progress (Press Release)

Newly Launched Association Releases Report Highlighting Impact of Nine NY Land Banks FLINT, MICH. – Today, the New York Land Bank Association (NYLBA) released New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities, a report on the early accomplishments of the state’s first nine land banks over the…

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June 9, 2014
Michigan Land Bank Leaders to Gather for Summit Hosted by Center for Community Progress (Press Release)

Flint, Mich. – Nearly one hundred Michigan land bank leaders are gathering at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan, from June 16-17, 2014 for the Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit, hosted by the Center for Community Progress. Attendees, representing 30 land banks, are comprised primarily of land bank…

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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference to Be Held in Detroit in 2015 (Press Release)
May 29, 2014
National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference to Be Held in Detroit in 2015 (Press Release)

FLINT, MICH. – The sixth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will come to Detroit, Michigan, May 19-21, 2015, announced the Flint-based Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit and host of the event. The conference will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is expected to draw 700-1,000 professionals…

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Just launched! A new “311” resource for cities
May 22, 2014
Just launched! A new “311” resource for cities

You’ve heard of 311 for city residents, but now there’s a new “311” just for city officials. The National Resource Network: New Solutions for Cities will act as a 311 hub for city officials across the country to get advice and best-practices, becoming a go-to resource on issues ranging from unemployment, to under-performing…

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Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship Recipients Announced (Press Release)
May 13, 2014
Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship Recipients Announced (Press Release)

FLINT, Mich. – The local governments of Atlanta, Georgia; Butte-Silver Bow, Montana; and Lafayette, Louisiana are the inaugural recipients of the Center for Community Progress’ new, blight-fighting Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP). Through TASP, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress), a national nonprofit, will help these cities develop new strategies…

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Eight Cities Selected to Tackle Blight and Vacancy at Community Progress Leadership Institute (Press Release)
February 18, 2014
Eight Cities Selected to Tackle Blight and Vacancy at Community Progress Leadership Institute (Press Release)

FLINT, Mich. – Delegations from eight cities have been selected to attend the 2014 Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI), a training program focused on equipping leaders with the skills to address large inventories of blighted and vacant properties for the benefit of their communities. CPLI, a program of the national Center for…

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Technical Assistance Program to Advance New Solutions for Blighted Properties (Press Release)
February 12, 2014
Technical Assistance Program to Advance New Solutions for Blighted Properties (Press Release)

FLINT, MICH. – The Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) has launched a national Technical Assistance Scholarship Program to help public or nonprofit organizations find new solutions to address large-scale blight, vacancy and abandonment in their communities. Up to three recipients will be chosen through the program’s first competitive Request for Applications…

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New Report Explores How Placemaking Principles Can Aid the Revitalization of Legacy Cities (Press Release)
January 16, 2014
New Report Explores How Placemaking Principles Can Aid the Revitalization of Legacy Cities (Press Release)

Flint, MI: The Center for Community Progress has released Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, a new report exploring how residents and leaders in Legacy Cities have used placemaking principles to transform blighted public spaces into revitalized community assets. The report, prepared for the Center for Community Progress by…

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Center for Community Progress Welcomes Four New Members and Incoming Chairperson to Board of Directors (Press Release)
December 17, 2013
Center for Community Progress Welcomes Four New Members and Incoming Chairperson to Board of Directors (Press Release)

Flint, MI: As 2013 draws to a close, the Center for Community Progress is pleased to announce the appointment of four national urban revitalization leaders to the organization’s Board of Directors over the course of this year, as well as the election of a new Board Chairperson. Bringing a range of…

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Spotlight on Philadelphia at National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference September 9-11 (Press Release)
August 29, 2013
Spotlight on Philadelphia at National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference September 9-11 (Press Release)

Bill Strickland to deliver keynote address; 650+ leaders from around the country to attend Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia will host the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, the only national conference dedicated to solving challenges related to vacant and problem properties, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from September 9-11, 2013. Convened by…

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New Resource Manual Streamlines Start-Up Process for Georgia Land Bank Authorities (Press Release)
June 25, 2013
New Resource Manual Streamlines Start-Up Process for Georgia Land Bank Authorities (Press Release)

A collaborative of nonprofit organizations, including Center for Community Progress, has released the comprehensive Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual (PDF) to guide stakeholders through the process of creating new – and working with existing – land bank authorities. The Resource Manual is the first of its kind, providing not only background context…

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