Tue, May 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Vacancy and Abandonment in Post-Industrial Cities: Journalists' Summit

         

Thank you for your interest in Vacancy and Abandonment in Post-Industrial Cities: A Journalists’ Summit, to be held May 19, 2015, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. The Summit is co-hosted by the Center for Community Progress and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and made possible with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (Registration below)

Overview

This one-day, invitation-only intensive convening will be packed with interactive briefings on policies and research that are transforming the fight against blight in post-industrial cities.

Leading issue experts from government, nonprofits, and academia will address population trends and displacement, zombie properties, land banks, property market dynamics, and the role of urban design, all focused on the unique context of post-industrial cities. Journalists will then see firsthand how these tools and trends play out on the ground with a tour of two eastside Detroit neighborhoods led by Detroit Land Bank Authority leadership.

Confirmed speakers include Jeff Hebert, executive director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and chief resiliency officer for New Orleans; Frank Alexander, professor of law, Emory Law; Toni Griffin, director, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City; Alan Mallach, senior fellow, Center for Community Progress; and Kim Graziani, vice president and director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress. Anthony Flint, fellow and director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, will facilitate the summit. Additional speakers will be announced soon.

If you have any questions about the summit, please reach out to Chelsea Allinger, communications director at the Center for Community Progress, at callinger@communityprogress.net.

Travel Reimbursement and Lodging Reservation

Thanks to the generous support of the Knight Foundation, we will cover travel and lodging costs for participating journalists.

Hotel: Community Progress will reserve a hotel room in your name for up to two nights (May 18 and May 19) at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. You will receive a confirmation number for your reservation by early May. Incidentals (room service, etc.) and any additional nights must be covered at the participant's expense. At the time of registration, please indicate your hotel room needs (if any). Please note that there is a welcome dinner at 7pm on May 18 and the Summit begins at 8am on May 19, so if you are joining us from out of town, you will likely wish to plan for an arrival during the afternoon on Monday, May 18.

Transportation: Travel expenses (economy airfare, rental car, bus, train, taxi, transit, mileage at the federal rate) will be reimbursed up to $600. Travel expenses exceeding $600 will be reimbursed on a case by case basis, dependent upon availability of funds. If your travel expenses exceed $600, please contact Chelsea Allinger at callinger@communityprogress.net prior to booking if you wish to inquire about additional reimbursement. All reimbursements are contingent upon your attendance at the Journalists' Summit and subsequent completion of a reimbursement form (to be provided in early May) by June 12, 2015.

Bonus Opportunity: Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Vacancy and Abandonment in Post-Industrial Cities: A Journalists’ Summit will be held on-site at the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, which is from May 19-21, 2015 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. We encourage participating journalists to extend their stay, if possible, to take advantage of the resources the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference offers, including access to experts from around the country and numerous educational sessions. Journalists can attend the full conference free of charge. If you plan to attend the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, please register here. Select "Media" on the first page of the conference registration form to ensure that you are not charged.

Agenda

Monday, May 18, 2015

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summit Facilitator: Anthony Flint, Fellow and Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

8:00 AM

Arrival and Breakfast

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

George McCarthy, President, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Weak Market, Strong Market and Everything Between: The Role of Market Responsiveness in the Fight Against Blight

20-minute presentation; 25-minute Q&A.

Jeff Hebert, Executive Director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Tamar Shapiro, President and CEO, Center for Community Progress

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

What's Really Happening on the Ground: Reinvestment and Displacement in Post-Industrial Cities

20-minute presentation; 25-minute Q&A.

Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

120 Land Banks and Counting: Can They Transform America's Distressed Neighborhoods?

20-minute presentation; 25-minute Q&A.

Gus Frangos, President and General Counsel, Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation and Kim Graziani, Vice President and Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Break

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Zombies, Delinquents, and Other Trouble Makers: Understanding How Properties Get Stuck

20-minute presentation; 25-minute Q&A.

Frank Alexander, Sam Nunn Professor of Law, Emory University, and Senior Advisor, Center for Community Progress

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Facilitated discussion on urban journalism with Anthony Flint, Fellow and Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Designing a Just Post-Industrial City

Toni Griffin, Director, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City

1:45 PM - 1:55 PM

Closing Remarks

Tamar Shapiro, President and CEO, Center for Community Progress

1:55 PM - 2:20 PM

Break

2:20 PM - 4:30 PM

Revitalizing Detroit: Preservation and Restoration in East English Village and MorningSide

Bus tour led Craig Fahle, Director of Public Affairs, Detroit Land Bank Authority and additional Detroit Land Bank Authority leadership

Wednesday, May 20 - Thursday, May 21, 2015

All Day

Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Journalists' Summit attendees are encouraged to extend their stay by a day or two to enjoy the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP). RVP is the premier national gathering of experts and practitioners working to eliminate property blight and stabilize neighborhoods. Occurring every 18 months, the conference draws 700-1,000+ people. Members of the media are welcomed at no charge. More information and registration.


Registration

We're thrilled that you'd like to attend Vacancy and Abandonment in Post-Industrial Cities: A Journalists' Summit. Complete the registration form below by May 5, 2015 in order to join us for this special event.

Event Location

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 48243


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