Announcing the 2023 VAD Academy!
June 21–22, 2023 | Online
The VAD Academy is a free, one-of-a-kind virtual training for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders whose work and communities are impacted by challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (or "VAD") properties.
Who should attend VAD Academy?
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, this is a great opportunity for you.
Past participants have included urban planners, city attorneys, elected officials, community development corporation 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 curriculum will help you combat widespread abandonment and neighborhood decline.
What will I learn at VAD Academy?
Community development experts will guide participants through critical topics related to property revitalization. These topic areas include:
- Impact of VAD Properties
- Strategic Code Enforcement
- Property Tax Management
- Land Banks and Land Banking
- Vacant Land Stewardship
- Equitable Revitalization
Day One (June 21) will offer 101-level courses, introducing participants to the root causes of property vacancy and abandonment and the foundations of property revitalization. These 101-level courses will answer questions such as "What is equitable, effective, and efficient code enforcement?" and "What is a land bank and is it the right tool for my community?"
Day Two (June 22) will dive deeper into property revitalization work and share examples of each topic from the field. These sessions will feature panels with practitioners and offer a 201-level discussion for intermediate or advanced participants.
Regardless of level of knowledge and experience with revitalization work, all participants are welcome to attend both days. Sign up here »
Thanks to the support from Truist, the 2023 VAD Academy will be offered free of charge to attendees, a $300 savings.
Center for Community Progress
111 E. Court St. Suite 2C-1 Flint, Michigan 48502
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