Case Studies of Vacancy, Abandonment, and Deterioration in Rural Areas 
Date & Time
Friday, September 9, 2022, 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Vacant and deteriorated property is not just an urban problem. Many rural communities across the United States are struggling with the same economic and social challenges—which lead to the deterioration of community health and property—as their metropolitan counterparts. In this session, presenters will provide an overview of rural property blight and share case studies from places like Cairo, Illinois and McDowell County, West Virginia. These case studies will cover communities already facing multiple threats to public health from AIDS and the opioid crisis, the economic fallout from the pandemic, the rising threat of climate change and natural disasters, and racial tensions. In small-group and breakout discussions, presenters will help attendees work through hypothetical scenarios related to code enforcement, flood recovery, and economic development in communities of less than 10,000 people. Attendees will come away better equipped to understand how to help rural communities build an equitable and resilient future.

Session Type
Breakout Session