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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference Heads to Atlanta in 2019 (Press Release)

January 30, 2018

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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 Atlanta Marriott Marquis and is expected to draw approximately 1,000 nonprofit, government, business and community leaders to the city from at least 35 states.

RVP is the only national conference dedicated to strengthening communities through fresh solutions to transform vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties into community assets.

Themed “Equity First: Revitalizing Communities Together,” the conference’s 60+ sessions will highlight work from around the country, including Atlanta. Examples of topics covered include:

  • Code enforcement & nuisance abatement
  • Demolition & deconstruction
  • Financing rehab & homeownership
  • Green & alternative vacant land reuse
  • Historic preservation
  • Land banks & community land trusts
  • Placemaking, arts & culture
  • Property data & information systems
  • Property tax foreclosure reform
  • Rental housing regulation
  • Reuse of buildings


“Community Progress is thrilled to host the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Atlanta,” said Dr. Akilah Watkins-Butler, president and CEO. “Atlanta’s community development leaders have a lot to share with a national audience. At the same time, Atlantans will have the chance to learn from hundreds of revitalization experts from across the country.”

Held every 18 months, RVP attracts and connects professionals from many interconnected fields, including community development, urban policy, code enforcement, affordable housing, environmental justice and sustainability, land banking, law, urban planning, economic development and public safety. Past conferences have been held in Milwaukee, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Cleveland, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

Registration rates start at $300. More information about the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is available at

About Center for Community Progress

Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration no longer exists in American communities. The mission of Community Progress is to ensure that communities have the vision, knowledge, and systems to transform vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties into assets supporting neighborhood vitality. Community Progress serves as the leading national resource for local, state and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization. More information is available at

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