This blog post by the Center for Community Progress and Grounded Solutions Network explores how land banks and community land trusts can coordinate to optimize equitable development outcomes.
Land banks have existed in the U.S. for more than four decades, but as recently as 2010, they were still a relatively unexplored community development tool. This guide provides clear historic context about the development of land banking and elucidates the rapid evolution of land banking.
Alpharetta's Employee Referral Program is designed as a partnership between the city and its most valued asset and best recruiters, the employees. The purpose of the program is to provide an incentive award to current employees who bring new talent to the city by referring applicants who are subsequently selected and successfully employed.
The vacant homes strewn across many American cities create blighted gaps on the landscape. According to a new report, these empty reminders of past development may present community challenges, but can also be potential vehicles for change.
The annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, produced by the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University, offers an opportunity to assess where things stand from year to year. This 30th anniversary edition paints the picture of America’s housing as increasingly scarce and increasingly expensive.
The Building American Cities Toolkit™, produced with support from Enterprise Community Partners, helps practitioners think through strategies, identify specific tools to carry out those strategies, and learn about communities elsewhere that have used those tools, to improve the land, buildings, neighborhoods and other areas that make up a city’s built environment.
Cities are turning to vacant property taxes to nudge property owners of retail and residential spaces to lease, develop or sell their properties before a short-term vacancy turns into blight. But the effectiveness of the tax depends on local circumstances.
House Bill 419 passed during the 2018 legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal. HB 419 gives local governments the ability to regulate fireworks based on local noise ordinances primarily through re-enacting noise ordinances to include fireworks. The resources here provide a few key points of the legislation and information regarding re-enactment of current ordinances.
Renewing the Water Workforce presents a new water workforce playbook for public, private, and civic partners to use in future hiring, training, and retention efforts. Water jobs offer significant economic opportunity, including occupational variety, equitable wages, lower educational barriers to entry, and the need for more diverse, young talent.
This article by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta explains the problem of heirs' property in the Southeast and presents outreach and legal reform as mitigation strategies.
This infographic produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta defines heirs' property and explains the prevalence and relevance of this topic for blight remediation.
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The Cornerstone Webinar Series from the Center For Community Progress is a FREE monthly lunchtime webinar series that equips participants with the building blocks to understand and solve tough challenges related to property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration.
Cities across Georgia are uncovering unique ways to showcase their personalities, partnerships, character and history through public art exhibits. From the turtles in Sandy Springs to the Bulldogs in Athens these displays have become their own claims to fame.
Blight is a critical issue in many U.S. cities, as economic shifts in the past few decades have changed neighborhoods. This paper, Blight Remediation in the Southeast: Local Approaches to Design and Implementation, describes several findings and lessons learned in terms of regional blight remediation efforts in New Orleans and Macon.
The 2020 Census seeks to establish an accurate count of the nation’s population and has been conducted every ten years since 1790, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The census is required, important, and can have a significant impact on your community’s bottom line.