YVPC partners presenting at Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Baltimore

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This week, Allison Krusky, UM Research Associate, Natalie Pruett from the Genesee County Land Bank and Tom Wyatt, Kettering University are in Baltimore Maryland, at the Center for Community Progress’ Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) to learn about strategies being used to revitalize cities around the nation and to present findings from the LandBank, MI-YVPC and UAC projects in Flint, MI.

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) is the only national conference dedicated to strengthening communities through innovative solutions for vacant, abandoned, and other problem properties. From September 28-30, 2016, RVP is expected to draw approximately 1,000 professionals to Baltimore for 65 engaging sessions and other learning opportunities.

The theme of RVP in 2016 is “In Service of People and Place.” It will take a deep look at how work to reclaim vacant properties can improve the wellbeing of residents and the places they call home.Conference sessions will explore strategies to strengthen neighborhoods that are being left behind in the housing recovery and to serve residents who continue to face the impacts of vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment.

Ms. Krusky, Ms. Pruett and Mr. Wyatt will be presenting a breakout session: Engaging community partners in reclaiming properties to support measurable public health and safety improvements. Participants in the session will learn how the Genesee County Land Bank Authority is engaging a wide range of community partners, from large institutions to small community-based groups, in Flint, Michigan. Presenters will discuss strategies for partnering with universities, community schools, churches, and block groups to identify and reclaim under-utilized properties.  Presenters will discuss the partnership between Kettering University and Land Bank, their role in transforming public health, safety, and pride in Flint’s University Avenue Core, and the University of Michigan study of Flint’s Clean & Green program and resulting reduction in nearby crime.