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Amy Hovey | Center for Community Progress

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Marilyn Katz |MK Communications

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Philadelphia to host 5th Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Local innovators will provide first-hand insight into the revitalization efforts and challenges

in addressing vacant properties


(October 16, 2012) — The Center for Community Progress is pleased to announce the selection of Philadelphia as the host city for the fifth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. The conference, to be held Sept. 9-11, 2013, is themed “Investing in the Future: Unlocking Hidden Values.” Sessions and speakers will pay particular attention to the ways in which the nation’s communities are recognizing and capitalizing on the value from their vacant and distressed properties in order to reduce costs, increase revenues, return equity to individuals and create a stable foundation for future prosperity.

The conference is expected to attract more than 600 government officials, advocates, business and nonprofit leaders to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where they will participate in three days of mobile workshops, breakouts and plenary sessions. Sessions will cover a wide array of topics, ranging from mortgage modification strategies that keep owners in their homes, to the creative use of code enforcement that prevents property deterioration and encourages private investment, from creating land banks that ensure responsible control of vacant properties to using greening to reduce crime and pollution and increase property values.

“When we look across the U.S. for innovative examples of revitalization strategies, we often come back to Philadelphia. The dedication of so many stakeholders to seeking out and implementing solutions has provided many lessons for us and those we work with,” says Amy Hovey, Interim President and COO of Community Progress. “We’re thrilled to bring our conference to Philadelphia and look forward to working closely with many of the leading municipal, nonprofit and private partners to create an instructive and exciting program.

The Center for Community Progress works to create vibrant communities and improve the overall economic and social wellbeing of cities and towns in America through the reuse of vacant, abandoned and problem properties. We serve as the national resource for policy, information, capacity building and training regarding the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned and problem properties; we partner with federal, state and local officials and non-profit organizations that work to reposition these properties; we collaborate with experts on research that contributes to the growing body of public policy on successful reuse; and we serve as the leading national advocacy organization on effective reuse strategies. To learn more visit www.communityprogress.net

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