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Vacant, Abandoned and Deteriorated (VAD) Properties Training Academy

The VAD Academy – short for Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties Training Academy – from the Center for Community Progress is a two-day “boot camp” for public, private, nonprofit, and community leaders working on these tough property challenges.

In 2017, there are two VAD Academies: in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 31-June 1, 2017, and in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 6-7, 2017You’re invited to attend whichever VAD Academy is most convenient for you. Space in each is limited and both are expected to sell out -- so register soon!

Whether your community is just starting to develop a strategy to tackle its vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, or is looking to strengthen longstanding efforts, the VAD Academy is designed to help. Through interactive classroom sessions and discussion-based group exercises, expert faculty will guide students through these topics: 

  • Using Data to Understand Neighborhood Conditions
  • Property Tax Systems
  • Strategic Code Enforcement
  • Rental Regulation
  • Land Banking

Why the VAD Academy? The VAD Academy takes a comprehensive approach. Rather than focusing narrowly on one particular tool or technique, the VAD Academy equips leaders with the ability to understand and influence cross-cutting systems that affect property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration – because that’s what it takes to move the needle on these serious challenges.


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