This week and next, the Center for Community Progress is hosting Land Bank Trainings. Abandoned and vacant properties breed disinvestment, drain funds from local property tax base, and create decay and economic decline. At the same time, abandoned, vacant and unused property can also be leveraged as a tremendous asset for community revitalization. Whether land is blight or an asset is often dependent on whether communities have knowledge base and resources necessary to make the difference. Land Banks can be used as an enhancement to the tax foreclosure system and play a vital role in revitalizing your community.
The first training is October 19 from 1:00 - 4:00 at the Kent County Administration Building in Grand Rapids. The second is October 26 from 1:00 - 4:30 at the Grand Traverse County Administration Building in Traverse City. The cost is $15 per person. Payment will be accepted at the door. To register or for more information, contact CKnox@communityprogress.net