Supporting Equitable Revitalization through Vacancy Prevention Education

Community Progress offers local trainings to help communities address the unique challenges of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties and create equitable revitalization strategies.

Place-based trainings leverage the expertise of national community development leaders to deliver customizable learning opportunities that equip participants with the skills and knowledge to champion change in their own communities.

How is a place-based training structured?

Through half and full-day training sessions, we blend presentations, interactive discussion, and small group activities to help participants master best and emerging practices for equitable revitalization and vacancy prevention.

Sessions emphasize practical application that is grounded in theory, relying heavily on real-world examples.

Community Progress will work with you to design a custom training for your community focused on topics including:

  • Using Data to Strengthen Neighborhood Interventions: How to leverage data to best understand the conditions that shape equitable revitalization opportunities, community constraints, and effective reuse planning.
  • Strategic Code Enforcement: How code enforcement programs can respond to the varying needs and priorities of different neighborhoods.
  • Rental Regulation: How equitable rental regulation strategies, including registration and licensing programs, can identify and improve rental property conditions.
  • Property Tax Systems: How reforming tax policies can contribute to neighborhood stabilization.
  • Land Banking: How land banking can effectively prevent and eliminate properties’ liabilities so they can be returned productive use.
  • Vacant Land Reuse: How to plan and implement equitable, effective small- and large-scale vacant land reuse initiatives.

To learn more about topics, modules, and see sample agenda, download the Place-Based Training Packet

Our team can collaborate with your community to create a unique place-based training session to address your needs. Note: Place-based training rates vary based on program length, format, and content. 

Who should participate in a place-based training?

Place-based trainings are best suited for communities interested in building a common understanding of the challenges of vacancy and abandonment and committed to supporting equitable revitalization. Place-based trainings can be designed for a broad group of stakeholders. Participants may include local government, nonprofit, residents, and other local partners.

Organizations wishing to request a place-based training or looking for more information on a place-based training, email ekozub@communityprogress.org.