2018 Archives

At the 2018 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we featured more than 60 sessions including:

  • Breakout Sessions (1.5 hours in length): Included with RVP registration.
  • Mobile Workshops (2.5 hours in length): Workshops that took participants out into Milwaukee’s neighborhoods to experience the City firsthand and learn from local leaders.
  • Training Seminars (2 hours in length): These seminars offered an in-depth, hands-on learning experience.

Browse through all of the 2018 RVP sessions below, or use the dropdown menus to sort by Day, Topic, or Type.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Convention Center - 103AB

Developing Anchor Institution Partnerships to Support Health Outcomes in Community Development and Revitalization

Breakout Session
Resiliency and Health
When community development practitioners partner with local institutions, the results can be powerful. Getting these interdisciplinary partnerships off the ground, however, can be a challenge. Sometimes each field’s unique terminology itself can serve as a communication barrier. More broadly, understanding... Full Description

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Convention Center - 102C

From Machine Learning to Maps: Connecting Decision-Makers and Property Data

Breakout Session
Planning & Data
Cities generate an abundance of data that can be used to identify vacant or blighted properties, but it can be challenging to extract insights from large and disconnected datasets. Through partnerships with data science practitioners, the Detroit Land Bank Authority... Full Description

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Convention Center - 101AB

Property Disposition Strategies that Help Rather than Harm Communities

Breakout Session
Housing Stabilization
Mortgage & Tax Foreclosure
The disposition of distressed loans or REO properties can have a significant effect on neighborhoods. Decisions related to disposition methods, timing, or pricing can play a critical role in stabilizing low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Responsible disposition prevents blight, stabilizes home... Full Description

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Convention Center - 102DE

Aging in Place: Strategies to Protect Seniors and Prevent Vacancy

Breakout Session
Blight Elimination & Property Maintenance
As long-term residents, senior homeowners have spent much of their lives maintaining their properties—and often their neighborhoods. But aging in place can be challenging, and those challenges disproportionately affect low-income homeowners of color. What do seniors need to be able... Full Description

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Convention Center - 102AB

Lessons from Western New York: Understanding What Works, and Working Together Well

Breakout Session
Land Banks
State Policy & Programs
Download Presentations
In New York State, bank settlement dollars have transformed efforts to tackle vacant properties. Arising out of the mortgage foreclosure crisis and administered through the Attorney General’s Office, these funds have enabled communities to experiment with new technology, increased code... Full Description

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Convention Center - 103C

Developing, Maintaining, and Managing Affordable Live/Work Artist Housing in Vacant Properties

Breakout Session
Blight Elimination & Property Maintenance
Developing affordable artist live/work housing in once-vacant properties is exciting for any community. Maximizing the mission of developing artist spaces also involves effective management and community-building practices. The session will explore St. Louis, Missouri, and the Community Land Trust model,... Full Description

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Convention Center - 101CD

Vacant Land Reuse 101

Training Seminars
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Reuse of Lots & Land
Efforts to reuse vacant land can serve as the starting point of a sustainable, inclusive, and comprehensive community development process. Vacant land can serve as a canvas to engage residents and provide opportunity to take action. Within the historic context... Full Description

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Convention Center - 103D

Land Banking 101: Everything You Want to Learn About Land Banking

Training Seminars
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Land Banks
What is a land bank, and what does it do? This ground-level, introductory course on land banking will take an in-depth look at how land banks can be a critical tool to acquire, maintain, and facilitate problem properties back into... Full Description

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Sold Out - Placemaking, Squared: Community-Based Revitalization in Clarke Square and Walker Square

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Arts, Placemaking, & Culture
Housing Stabilization
Sold Out - Two neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s South Side, Clarke Square and Walker Square, are home to a large share of the city’s Hispanic residents—the city’s fastest growing population. This workshop will bring participants to these neighborhoods to learn firsthand... Full Description

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Sold Out - Orchards, Gardens, Farms, and More: Shades of Green in Lindsay Heights

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Resiliency and Health
Reuse of Lots & Land
Sold Out - Lindsay Heights, a neighborhood on the north side of Milwaukee, became home to many African Americans in the 1920s as they migrated north in search of a better life. For years, it was an economic and cultural... Full Description

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

SOLD OUT: Milwaukee's Riverwalk and Harbor: Leveraging Waterfronts to Catalyze Change

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Resiliency and Health
SOLD OUT: Board a boat for this one-of-a-kind look at transformative redevelopment projects along Milwaukee’s Riverwalk and the Harbor. The three-mile Riverwalk system, a 24-year-old public-private partnership, recently won an Award for Global Excellence from the Urban Land Institute. The... Full Description

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Positioning Milwaukee’s Near West Side Neighborhood for Prosperity

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Planning & Data
Located just west of downtown Milwaukee, the neighborhoods of the Near West Side (NWS) are in transition. Some institutions, including a number of hospitals, have left the neighborhood. The multifamily residential property stock, originally built to house hospital employees, remains... Full Description

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Revitalizing Washington Park: A Story of Grassroots Entrepreneurs and Homeowners

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Housing Stabilization
In Milwaukee’s Washington Park neighborhood, a vibrant, primarily residential community home to many immigrants, grassroots organizations and small businesses are working together to make a collective impact on vacant and distressed properties. Large scale, sweeping projects, while attractive to many,... Full Description

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


9:00 am - 10:30 am

Convention Center - 102AB

Working Better Together: Land Bank and Community Land Trust Partnerships

Breakout Session
Land Banks
It is no secret that communities across the nation are dealing with the devastating effects of blight, vacancy, and a lack of affordability. The sheer magnitude of these problems makes it impossible for just one entity or organization to strengthen... Full Description

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Convention Center - 102C

Tale of Two Cities: How Buffalo and Memphis are using Citywide Planning to Achieve Neighborhood Revitalization

Breakout Session
Planning & Data
More and more, cities with high rates of vacancy and abandonment are learning that hyper-local, neighborhood level planning is the best way to incorporate honest and productive dialogue around resource allocation into a citywide planning process. You’ve heard it said... Full Description

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Convention Center - 101AB

Collaboratively Rebuilding Stable Housing Markets

Breakout Session
Housing Stabilization
Inclusiveness, Fairness, & Justice
As communities begin to stabilize distressed neighborhoods and revitalize empty downtowns, a new challenge has emerged: how can cities build and maintain housing that attracts and retains middle class residents? In many cities, weak housing markets make it challenging to... Full Description

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Convention Center - 103AB

Beyond Blades of Grass: A Comprehensive Approach to Greening

Breakout Session
Land Banks
Reuse of Lots & Land
Download Presentations
Greening is about more than landscaping on vacant lots—it’s about creating long-term community assets. Drawing upon examples from multiple Ohio communities, panelists will explore the components of a comprehensive approach to greening. They will discuss the role land banks play... Full Description

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Convention Center - 103C

Tracking Trends in Mortgage Foreclosure: Fast Track Statutes and NY’s Zombie Property Law

Breakout Session
Mortgage & Tax Foreclosure
Download Presentations
Despite national trends inflated by skyrocketing housing markets in select areas, foreclosure rates remain steady in many parts of the country. In addition, communities continue to deal with an inventory of mortgage-foreclosed and “zombie” properties left over from the Great... Full Description

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Convention Center - 102DE

Leveraging the Press as an Effective Neighborhood Revitalization Tool

Breakout Session
Housing Stabilization
Download Presentations
When journalists take on stories related to vacant properties, their work can help shed light on critical problems and result in important changes to the status quo. But the policies, laws, and data systems surrounding property challenges are complicated to... Full Description

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Convention Center - 103C

Reform of Judicial Mortgage Foreclosure to Reduce Blight and Improve Neighborhoods

Breakout Session
Mortgage & Tax Foreclosure
State Policy & Programs
A state legislator from Wisconsin, a state legislator from Ohio, and the director of civil courts from Palm Beach County, Florida, will discuss judicial mortgage foreclosure and recent legislative changes in several states to modernize foreclosure and to stem abuse.... Full Description

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Convention Center - 102AB

Fighting Together: How Memphis and Cleveland are Redefining Collaboration to Eliminate Property Blight

Breakout Session
Inclusiveness, Fairness, & Justice
Vacant and abandoned properties wreak havoc upon neighborhoods. From property tax erosion to adverse health outcomes, the vast array of harms caused by property neglect require solutions that are complex and nuanced. Yet, many cities struggle to bring together the... Full Description

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Convention Center - 103AB

Tossing Out “Take, Make, Waste”: Domicology, Deconstruction, and Design for Disassembly

Breakout Session
Blight Elimination & Property Maintenance
Resiliency and Health
Current paradigms for abandonment send salvageable materials and debris to landfills. This exacerbates the strain on our dwindling natural resources, municipal finances, community wealth generation, mental health, infrastructure, and disproportionately harms communities of color with concentrated poverty. This session will... Full Description

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Convention Center - 101AB

Market-Sensitive Models to Finance Vacant Property Rehabilitation and Support Homeownership

Breakout Session
Housing Stabilization
Land Banks
In Youngstown, Ohio, the cost of rehabbing a vacant home often exceeds the house’s value, which prevents rehab projects from getting off the ground. In Chicago, the property market is strong enough for property sales prices to cover rehab costs,... Full Description

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Convention Center - 102DE

Welcome Home: Supporting the Important Role of Immigrants in Revitalizing Neighborhoods

Breakout Session
Economic & Workforce Development
Inclusiveness, Fairness, & Justice
Download Presentations
Immigration is driving America’s population growth. Even in the Midwest, where immigration rates are below the national average, 40% of the population growth over the last 15 years is from the foreign-born. Many immigrant neighborhoods, despite low rents and household... Full Description

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Convention Center - 102C

Using Data to Determine Blight Remediation Interventions and Outcomes

Breakout Session
Planning & Data
When funding and staff are limited, municipalities must determine how to prioritize interventions to address vacancy and abandonment. Careful data analysis can help streamline procedures and identify blight remediation outcomes. The Louisville Metro Government (Kentucky) has streamlined its foreclosure and... Full Description

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sold Out - Positioning Milwaukee’s Near West Side Neighborhood for Prosperity

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Sold Out - Located just west of downtown Milwaukee, the neighborhoods of the Near West Side (NWS) are in transition. Some institutions, including a number of hospitals, have left the neighborhood. The multifamily residential property stock, originally built to house... Full Description

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Convention Center - 101CD

Vacant Land Reuse 101

Training Seminars
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Reuse of Lots & Land
Efforts to reuse vacant land can serve as the starting point of a sustainable, inclusive, and comprehensive community development process. Vacant land can serve as a canvas to engage residents and provide opportunity to take action. Within the historic context... Full Description

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sold Out - Orchards, Gardens, Farms, and More: Shades of Green in Lindsay Heights

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Resiliency and Health
Reuse of Lots & Land
Sold Out - Lindsay Heights, a neighborhood on the north side of Milwaukee, became home to many African Americans in the 1920s as they migrated north in search of a better life. For years, it was an economic and cultural... Full Description

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Convention Center - 103D

Land Banking 101: Everything You Want to Learn About Land Banking

Training Seminars
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Land Banks
What is a land bank, and what does it do? This ground-level, introductory course on land banking will take an in-depth look at how land banks can be a critical tool to acquire, maintain, and facilitate problem properties back into... Full Description

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sold Out - The 30th Street Industrial Corridor: Creative Revitalization of a Legacy Industrial Corridor

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Reuse of Lots & Land
Sold Out - The 30th Street Industrial Corridor refers to the industrial and commercial land uses that sprung up alongside railroad tracks, a once-bustling stretch that declined with the rise of freeways for freight transport, leaving behind smaller warehouses and... Full Description

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sold Out: Alternative Brew-Use: Breathing New Life into Milwaukee’s Historic Assets

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Sold Out: Milwaukee is famous for its breweries, but in the 1980s and 1990s, some legacy brewers shut down or moved, leaving behind massive vacant industrial spaces. Fortunately, Milwaukee has a strong historic preservation ethic, leading to some of the... Full Description

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sold Out - Industrial Evolution: The Revival of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley and Harbor District

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Resiliency and Health
Sold Out - Once once known as the "Machine Shop of the World" because of its metal fabrication industry, Milwaukee’s industrial base thrived for decades. The Menomonee Valley employed 50,000+ people and offered workforce housing, while the Harbor District teemed... Full Description

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sold Out: How Arts, Placemaking, and Community Engagement Are Strengthening Bronzeville, Harambee, and Riverwest

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Arts, Placemaking, & Culture
Economic & Workforce Development
Sold Out: The neighborhoods of Bronzeville, Harambee, and Riverwest are leveraging culture, creative placemaking, and community engagement to spur revitalization. In the 1930s, Walnut Street in Bronzeville was known for African American-owned restaurants, retail, and night clubs featuring jazz legends... Full Description

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Convention Center - 102C

Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods: Resident-Led Housing Surveys and Holistic Code Enforcement Responses

Breakout Session
Code Enforcement
Planning & Data
No one knows a neighborhood better than its residents. Neighborhood associations in Milwaukee have harnessed that knowledge to hold property owners accountable. Reclaiming our Neighborhoods, is a work group of four distinct Milwaukee neighborhood associations. They organize residents to conduct... Full Description

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Convention Center - 101AB

Finding Capital to Acquire and Rehab Distressed Properties

Breakout Session
Blight Elimination & Property Maintenance
Mission-oriented, single-family developers often struggle to obtain capital to fund the acquisition and rehabilitation of distressed residential properties. For nonprofits and affordable housing developers, the work cannot be done without affordable, flexible financing streams. The National Community Stabilization Trust is... Full Description

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Convention Center - 103AB

College Town Turnaround: Vacant Lot Development Through Educational Partnership

Breakout Session
Economic & Workforce Development
Housing Stabilization
Download Presentations
La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a medium-sized college town—and it is using those educational assets to support the development of housing in distressed neighborhoods. University of Wisconsin Extension has brought broad-based support for local housing reinvestment through their research and data.... Full Description

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Convention Center - 102DE

Block Clubs, Bikers, and Baptists: The Power of Grassroots Leaders to Stabilize Communities

Breakout Session
Land Banks
The Cuyahoga Land Bank is harnessing the strengths of non-traditional community development partners to provide quality housing for special populations, stabilize weak markets, protect culturally and environmentally valuable property, and assemble land. To continue making progress at this time of... Full Description

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Convention Center - 102AB

Historic Preservation as a Tool for Community Development and Social Justice

Breakout Session
Housing Stabilization
Inclusiveness, Fairness, & Justice
Let’s be honest with ourselves: sometimes the fields of historic preservation, code enforcement and planning fail to work in unison to produce better neighborhood outcomes. Often, they are “siloed” disciplines that may even view each other as potential impediments. Working... Full Description

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Convention Center - 103C

Partnerships in Service of Distressed Neighborhoods: Law School Community Development Clinics

Breakout Session
Inclusiveness, Fairness, & Justice
Neighborhood, local government, and other civic leaders seeking to address the challenges imposed by vacant and abandoned properties need legal guidance and support. Inequitable law and policy that divided neighborhoods and resources on the basis of race continue to animate... Full Description

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Convention Center - 101CD

Sold Out: Boosting the Odds of Success: Matching Neighborhood Conditions to Problem Property Strategies

Training Seminars
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Planning & Data
Sold Out: Regardless of which problem property strategy a community decides to implement, it’s going to work better in some neighborhoods than others. But the real question is: which strategies are likely to work best under what conditions, and why?... Full Description

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Convention Center - 103D

Market-Informed Decision-Making for Strategic Code Enforcement Success

Training Seminars
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Code Enforcement
Housing Stabilization
When used proactively, a strategic code enforcement program can help local governments identify, halt, and reverse the negative impact of vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. The goal of any such program is to encourage private owners and landlords to maintain... Full Description
Speaker(s):

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sold Out: The 30th Street Industrial Corridor: Creative Revitalization of a Legacy Industrial Corridor

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Reuse of Lots & Land
Sold Out: The 30th Street Industrial Corridor refers to the industrial and commercial land uses that sprung up alongside railroad tracks, a once-bustling stretch that declined with the rise of freeways for freight transport, leaving behind smaller warehouses and outdated... Full Description

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sold Out: How Arts, Placemaking, and Community Engagement Are Strengthening Bronzeville, Harambee, and Riverwest

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Arts, Placemaking, & Culture
Economic & Workforce Development
Sold Out: The neighborhoods of Bronzeville, Harambee, and Riverwest are leveraging culture, creative placemaking, and community engagement to spur revitalization. In the 1930s, Walnut Street in Bronzeville was known for African American-owned restaurants, retail, and night clubs featuring jazz legends... Full Description

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sold Out - Industrial Evolution: The Revival of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley and Harbor District

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Resiliency and Health
Sold Out - Once once known as the "Machine Shop of the World" because of its metal fabrication industry, Milwaukee’s industrial base thrived for decades. The Menomonee Valley employed 50,000+ people and offered workforce housing, while the Harbor District teemed... Full Description

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sold Out: Revitalizing Washington Park: A Story of Grassroots Entrepreneurs and Homeowners

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Housing Stabilization
Sold Out: In Milwaukee’s Washington Park neighborhood, a vibrant, primarily residential community home to many immigrants, grassroots organizations and small businesses are working together to make a collective impact on vacant and distressed properties. Large scale, sweeping projects, while attractive... Full Description

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sold Out: Alternative Brew-Use: Breathing New Life into Milwaukee’s Historic Assets

Mobile Workshop
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Economic & Workforce Development
Sold Out: Milwaukee is famous for its breweries, but in the 1980s and 1990s, some legacy brewers shut down or moved, leaving behind massive vacant industrial spaces. Fortunately, Milwaukee has a strong historic preservation ethic, leading to some of the... Full Description

Thursday, May 17, 2018


8:00 am - 10:00 am

Convention Center - 103D

Market-Informed Decision-Making for Strategic Code Enforcement Success

Training Seminars
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Code Enforcement
Housing Stabilization
When used proactively, a strategic code enforcement program can help local governments identify, halt, and reverse the negative impact of vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. The goal of any such program is to encourage private owners and landlords to maintain... Full Description
Speaker(s):

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Convention Center - 101CD

Boosting the Odds of Success: Matching Neighborhood Conditions to Problem Property Strategies

Training Seminars
Limited Space Available
Extra Fees Apply
Planning & Data
Regardless of which problem property strategy a community decides to implement, it’s going to work better in some neighborhoods than others. But the real question is: which strategies are likely to work best under what conditions, and why? Without a... Full Description

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Convention Center - 101AB

Double Duty: Linking Vacant Property Remediation to Workforce Development

Breakout Session
Economic & Workforce Development
High levels of unemployment and underemployment frequently characterize the communities most impacted by blighted and vacant properties. How can efforts to address blight and vacancy be structured to provide training and employment opportunities for those communities? This workshop will focus... Full Description

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Convention Center - 103C

Growing Together: Workforce Development through Vacant Land Stewardship

Breakout Session
Economic & Workforce Development
Reuse of Lots & Land
There are over 150,000 vacant lots between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. Blighted land in these cities negatively impacts everything from property values to public health and crime in neighborhoods. These cities also have high unemployment rates and residents face major... Full Description

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Convention Center - 102C

Don’t Begrudge a Nudge: Innovations to Increase Code Compliance

Breakout Session
Code Enforcement
Download Presentations
“Behavioral economics” and “code enforcement” go together like peanut butter and jelly. No, really! This session will explore creative strategies to increase code compliance. Participants will be introduced to behavioral economics, including “nudge concepts.” An interactive exercise will explore how... Full Description

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Convention Center - 102AB

Returning Blight to Productive Use is Community-Oriented Policing: A Law Enforcement–Private Development Partnership

Breakout Session
Code Enforcement
Blight Elimination & Property Maintenance
In Spokane, Washington, the police department has forged innovative partnership with private equity developers and community development corporations to support community development. Working together, these partners multiply their influence on crime reduction, job creation, and neighborhood empowerment. Attendees will learn... Full Description

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Convention Center - 103AB

Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts through Community Engagement (inPLACE)

Breakout Session
Arts, Placemaking, & Culture
INPLACE is an Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts through Community Engagement that came together over the course of three years through a unique blend of community stakeholders and new leadership, made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts “Our... Full Description

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Convention Center - 102DE

Strengthening Civic Capacity in Smaller Legacy Cities

Breakout Session
Inclusiveness, Fairness, & Justice
Recent research has found that sufficient civic capacity and a shared public/private sector vision are key strategies for revitalization in smaller legacy cities. Like larger legacy cities, these communities are contending with challenges related to significant population loss and widespread... Full Description

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Convention Center - 103C

How State Agencies Can Support Neighborhood-Driven Community Development

Breakout Session
State Policy & Programs
In Massachusetts, one state agency has moved toward a place-based, community-driven approach to community and economic development. MassDevelopment, the state economic development and finance agency, developed the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), a “toolbox-based” approach, resulting in new tools to deal... Full Description

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Convention Center - 102DE

Deep ROOTS: A Community-Based Affordable Rental Housing Strategy in Chicago

Breakout Session
Housing Stabilization
Chicago’s iconic two- to four-unit rental housing stock has traditionally provided naturally occurring, affordable rental options for low-income families. However, from 2010-2015, over 8,000 of these units were impacted by foreclosure in areas that a local nonprofit, Communities United (CU),... Full Description

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Convention Center - 102AB

Actionable Strategies for Proactive, Inclusive Economic Development

Breakout Session
Economic & Workforce Development
Inclusiveness, Fairness, & Justice
Equitable, inclusive economic development is thrown around as a best practice, but on-the-ground implementation can prove challenging without the right process. In this session, presenters will discuss strategies for inclusion and processes to ensure that projects maximize benefits for specific... Full Description

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Convention Center - 102C

Equitable Community Engagement for Transformative Community Revitalization

Breakout Session
Inclusiveness, Fairness, & Justice
Equitable community engagement invites all of the voices in a community to be equal partners in determining the community’s future. Without deep community buy-in and ownership, revitalization can be a house of cards. Groups that are left out of planning... Full Description

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Convention Center - 103AB

Stymying Speculation: Entering the Tax Certificate Realm in the Spirit of Preserving Community Assets

Breakout Session
Land Banks
Mortgage & Tax Foreclosure
Tax lien sales can trap properties in limbo, but in Cook County, the land bank acquired over 17,000 tax certificate liens to break this cycle. The 17,000 liens that the Cook County Land Bank Authority acquired are attached to properties... Full Description

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Convention Center - 101AB

Reimagining Urban Neighborhoods: Partnerships to Reuse Vacant Land in Support of Sustainable Redevelopment

Breakout Session
Resiliency and Health
Reuse of Lots & Land
Two cities, St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbus, Ohio, are partnering with local nonprofits, foundations, community groups, and other local stakeholders to transform vacant properties into community assets while managing stormwater in an environmentally friendly manner. St. Louis’ data-driven approach has... Full Description