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From neighborhood health and quality of life to property values and a local government’s ability to operate efficiently, vacant properties have far-reaching impacts on communities today. Join the 2020 Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated (VAD) Properties Training Academy to get the insights and tools to help address properties in your community and prevent long-term vacancy with today’s best practices and equity-building tools.

 

FREE Weekly Virtual “Boot Camp” for Local Government, Nonprofit, and Community Leaders
Weekly Sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays Oct. 6 – 23  

 

The VAD Academy – short for Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academy – is an intensive and rigorous training for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders whose work and communities are impacted by challenges related to VAD properties. Thanks to support from NeighborWorks America, the 2020 edition of the VAD Academy will be offered free of charge to attendees, a $225 savings.

 

Classes Begin October 2020

Through a mix of interactive classroom presentations and follow-up discussions, our expert faculty guides VAD Academy participants through the following topics:

Date Name More Info Time Add To Calendar
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 VAD Academy Welcome followed by How Did We Get Here? VAD Properties and their Impact on Communities 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
Tuesday, October 6, 2020Property Revitalization Framework: A Systems Based Approach2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Friday, October 9, 2020Meet the Faculty1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
Date Name More Info Time Add To Calendar
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Week 1 Recap followed by Land Banks and Land Banking Partnerships: A Strategy for Long-Term, Equitable Recovery12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
Tuesday, October 13, 2020Strategic Code Enforcement: A Critical Tool for Supporting Neighborhood Response2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
Friday, October 16, 2020Meet the Faculty1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
Date Name More Info Time Add To Calendar
Tuesday, October 20, 2020Week 2 Recap followed by Understanding Markets: Getting and Using Data to Make Strategic, Equitable VAD Decisions12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020A Racial Equity Journey: Inside the Evolution of Two Atlanta Community Development Leaders2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Friday, October 23, 2020Meet the Faculty 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Meet the Faculty

Tarik Abdelazim

Tarik Abdelazim

Center for Community Progress

Bambie Hayes-Brown

Bambie Hayes-Brown

Georgia Advancing
Communities Together, Inc.

Justin Godard

Justin Godard

Center for Community Progress

Liz Kozub

Liz Kozub

Center for Community Progress

Matt Kreis

Matt Kreis

Center for Community Progress

Danielle Lewinski

Danielle Lewinski

Center for Community Progress

Sara Toering

Sara Toering

Center for Community Progress

Akliah Watkins-Butler

Akilah Watkins-Butler

Center for Community Progress

Background

Vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties plague communities of all sizes across the United States. Whether spurred by natural disasters or industry loss, these properties create compound challenges for residents and local governments.

 

When working to comprehensively address and transform VAD properties—with an emphasis on equitable outcomes—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 all properties to purposeful use.

      Who Should Attend?

The VAD Academy is designed for government, nonprofit, and private sector professionals and community partners, who aim to equitably address problem properties. If you work primarily in one issue area (such as code enforcement) and want to better understand  how your day-to-day  intersects with other areas of work, VAD is a great opportunity for you. Participants include urban planners, city attorneys, elected officials, CDC staff, land bank leaders, academics, code enforcement officials, neighborhood association leaders, developers, lending institutions, and more. Whether you work with urban, suburban, or rural communities,  the VAD Academy curriculum will help you combat widespread abandonment and neighborhood decline.