The Center for Community Progress' VAD Academy is a virtual bootcamp for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders whose work and communities are impacted by challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (or “VAD”) properties. VAD Academy offers the latest insights and tools to help you address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in your community.

The 2024 VAD Academy will take place June 5-6.

2024 Curriculum

Each day will feature field experts on vacant property topics. Following the sessions, instructors will be available for an Office Hour for attendees to engage and ask further questions.

Wednesday, June 5

10:00 AM-10:15 AM: Opening Remarks

10:15-11:15 AM: Understanding the Causes of VAD and Frameworks for Solutions

11:15 AM-12:15 PM: Strategic Code Compliance 101

12:15 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 PM: Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement 101

2:00-3:00 PM: Land Banks and Land Banking 101

3:00-4:00 PM: Office Hours

Thursday, June 6

10:00-11:00 A: Vacant Land Stewardship 101

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Creative Placemaking 101

12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 PM: Resident-First Revitalization

2:00-3:00 PM: Office Hours

3:00-3:15 PM: Closing Remarks


Vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties plague communities of all sizes across the United States. Whether spurred by historic, inequitable policies, industry loss, or natural disasters, these properties create compound challenges for residents and local governments. When working to comprehensively address and transform VAD properties, communities can find it difficult to know where to start.

Center for Community Progress’ VAD Academy was created to help public, private, nonprofit, and resident leaders craft equitable, effective approaches to addressing these property challenges. From breaking down complex systems, to sharing smart strategies for resident engagement and fostering compliance, the VAD Academy aims to equip leaders to help return properties to purposeful use.

During the VAD Academy, community development experts will guide you through critical topics related to property revitalization. Whether you work with urban, suburban, or rural communities, the VAD Academy curriculum will help you combat widespread abandonment and neighborhood decline.

For more information

If you have questions about the VAD Academy, please check out our FAQ page or contact Thamarrah Jones, Director of Conferences and Events, at [email protected]. 

2022 VAD Academy presentations and recordings


“[The VAD Academy allowed me] to clearly see how all the different aspects of our work connect and how they can be leveraged for the betterment of our communities”

Anonymous Survey Respondent, 2019 VAD Academy