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The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) is the only national conference dedicated to strengthening communities through new strategies to transform vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties into community assets.

From October 2-4, 2019, RVP is expected to draw approximately 1,000 professionals to Atlanta for 60+ engaging sessions and other learning opportunities.

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RVP explores the latest strategies to address vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, creating a forum in which new ideas can arise. It brings people together around these common challenges and equips them to return home and effect real, on-the-ground change.

Themed Equity First: Revitalizing Communities Together, in 2019, RVP will focus on efforts to revitalize disinvested communities in ways that meet the needs and preferences of residents, create new opportunities for and with marginalized communities, and rectify unjust land use, housing, and related policies that contributed to decline.

Sessions will tackle practical strategies, research, and fresh ideas on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Arts, placemaking, and culture
  • Blight elimination and property maintenance
  • Code enforcement and rental properties
  • Disaster recovery and resiliency
  • Economic and workforce development
  • Housing stabilization
  • Inclusiveness, fairness, and justice
  • Institutional and private sector partnerships
  • Land banks and land banking
  • Mortgage and tax foreclosure
  • Planning, data, and evaluation
  • Rehab and reuse of buildings
  • Reuse of lots and land
  • State and federal policy and programs

In addition to traditional conference sessions, mobile workshops will take participants to Atlanta’s neighborhoods to experience the City firsthand and learn from the leaders who are working to reclaim and revitalize the city’s vacant properties.

In the video below, Ian Beniston, executive director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, explains why the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference is “Geek Central” for people working on community revitalization.

Who should attend

RVP attracts a mix of government, nonprofit, community, and private sector leaders. Attendees include urban planners, city attorneys, elected officials, local, state, and federal officials, CDC staff, land bank leaders, academics, police officers, code enforcement officials, neighborhood association leaders, developers, representatives from lending institutions, urban policy experts, and more. RVP consistently attracts people from 35-40 states, representing urban, suburban, and rural communities, including both places experiencing population loss and widespread abandonment as well as growing communities where some neighborhoods find themselves left behind.

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Conference History

Established in 2007 and held every 18 months, RVP has traveled to Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cleveland, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, and Milwaukee. Plenary speakers have included artist Theaster Gates, Evicted author and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Congressman Dan Kildee, and other remarkable leaders. RVP has lifted up ideas and strategies that work, many of which have been replicated across the country, and it has created the space for creativity and collaboration that have led to major policy and legislative reforms.

About the Host

Founded in 2010, the mission of the Center for Community Progress is to foster strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. Community Progress is the leading national, nonprofit resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to address the full cycle of property revitalization. The organization fulfills its mission by nurturing strong leadership and supporting systemic reforms. More information about Community Progress is available on our website.

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Our Host City

Community Progress is thrilled to bring the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference to Atlanta, Georgia! Stay tuned for more details on everything this exciting city has to offer.

(Image credit: ©2017, Gene Phillips, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com)

Our Host City

Community Progress is thrilled to bring the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference to Atlanta, Georgia! Stay tuned for more details on everything this exciting city has to offer.

(Image credit: ©2017, Gene Phillips, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com)