September 28, 2021
Enroll in the VAD Academy to get the latest insights and tools to help address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in your community.
The VAD Academy – short for Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academy – is a 100% virtual “bootcamp” for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders whose work and communities are impacted by challenges related to VAD properties. Thanks to the support from Truist, the 2021 edition of the VAD Academy will be offered free of charge to attendees, a $250 savings.
Through a mix of interactive classroom presentations and follow-up discussions, our expert faculty guides VAD Academy participants through the following topics:
|9:00 AM - 9:15 AM||Welcome and Logistics||Akilah Watkins - Center for Community Progress|
Christina Carter-Grant - Center for Community Progress
|9:15 AM - 10:15 AM||How Did We Get Here? VAD Properties and their Impact on Communities||Alan Mallach - Center for Community Progress|
|10:15 AM - 10:45 AM||Property Revitalization Framework: A Systems Based Approach||Justin Godard - Center for Community Progress|
|11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||Land Banks and Land Banking Partnerships: A Strategy for Long-Term, Equitable Recovery||Brian Larkin - Center for Community Progress|
|12:15 PM - 1:15 PM||Strategic Code Enforcement: A Critical Tool for Supporting Neighborhood Response||Brittany J. Williams Davis - City of Memphis|
|1:15 PM - 2:15 PM||Understanding Markets: Getting and Using Data to Make Strategic, Equitable VAD Decisions||Karen Black - May 8 Consulting|
|2:30 PM - 3:30 PM||Vacant Land Stewardship 101||Janell O'Keefe - Center for Community Progress|
|3:30 PM - 4:30 PM||VAD Properties into Affordable Housing: Opportunities and Challenges||Jeana Dunlap - |
Kevin Nowak - CHN Housing Partners
Alan Mallach - Center for Community Progress
|4:30 PM - 4:45 PM||Wrap-Up and Close|
Meet the Faculty
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.
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.