Community Progress’ leadership and education programming ensures that public sector, private sector, civic, and community leaders have the knowledge and capacity to implement and sustain equitable, effective, and efficient reforms to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties.

We equip these leaders with critical skillsets; help them stay abreast of new trends and best practices in the field; and provide space to build productive relationships and collaborations within and across departments, organizations, communities, regions, and states.

Since our founding, Community Progress has reached tens of thousands through our leadership and education programming. As the hub of a well-connected, well-informed national community of practice, we serve places that have dealt with widespread abandonment for decades as well as places in which patterns of disinvestment are more recent or uneven, whether due to economic decline, natural disasters, or rising inequality.

Leadership & Education Opportunities

Championing Leaders of Color – Supporting Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders working in the housing equity and community development field, from the grassroots level to senior leadership at well-established organizations and governmental departments.


Community Revitalization Fellowship – Helping grassroots community leaders grow their perspective on how residents can advocate for and lead community efforts to improve vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties to improve their neighborhoods. Learn more >


Cornerstone Webinars – FREE monthly lunch-and-learn webinar series to stay up-to-date on the latest community development trends. Learn more >


National Land Bank Summit – Virtual event bringing together land bank leaders from across the country to learn about best practices. Learn more >


People in Place Collaborative – A collaboration of philanthropic representatives, expert practitioners, and academic researchers focused on improving how place-based and people-based interventions collaborate to disrupt intergenerational poverty. Learn more >


Place-Based Trainings – Bringing national experts to your community for a customizable learning opportunity that equips participants with the knowledge and skills needed to strengthen revitalization work.


Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) – The only national conference dedicated to strengthening communities through new strategies to transform vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties into community assets. Learn more >


Vacant Property Leadership Institute (VPLI) – Rigorous four-day Leadership Institute helps participating delegations better understand the causes of vacancy and abandonment, assess the systems that can facilitate the return of properties to productive use, strengthen relationships, develop actionable next steps, and grow in their ability to lead profound change. Learn more >


VAD Academy – Intensive virtual training for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders to get the insights and tools to help address properties in their community and prevent long-term vacancy with today’s best practices and equity-building tools. Learn more >