The Center for Community Progress is soliciting proposals for the 2012 Land Bank Conference, which takes place October 14-16 in Kalamazoo. If America’s cities and towns are to realize their greatest potential as attractive and welcoming – as drivers of the new American economy – they must be able to repurpose their vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed properties. A critical approach to this mission is the development of land banks: public authorities created to efficiently acquire, hold, manage and develop tax foreclosed property. The annual Land Bank conference attracts professionals involved with land banks such as: land bank staff and board of directors, for-profit and nonprofit developers, community foundations, real estate, greening initiatives, neighborhood revitalization, staff members from local and state government and elected officials.
- Activating Leadership and Forming Strategic Alliances
- Creating Effective Processes
- Organizational Development
- Building coalitions; public–private partnerships; engaging the business community; citizen engagement; intergovernmental collaboration
- Land banking policy; tax foreclosure policy; property information tracking; coordinating public services
- Leveraging resources and financial stability; strategic planning; federal and state resources; marketing and communications
- Rethinking place; environmental impacts; historic preservation; urban agriculture; code enforcement; green infrastructure
- Submissions due | April 13, 2012
- Acceptance notification | June 15, 2012
- Schedule notification | Aug. 15, 2012
- Presentations due | Oct. 5, 2012
- Conference | Oct. 14-16 2012
Submit your proposal here.
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator for the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him by email or Twitter.