Community Progress exists to help meet the growing need in America's cities and towns for effective, sustainable solutions to turn vacant, abandoned and problem properties into vibrant places. Download a brochure to find out more.
Community Progress operates three offices - one in Washington, DC; one in Flint, Michigan; and one in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The DC office analyzes national trends and connects our work to national policymakers and allied organizations around the country.
The Flint office serves as the base of our technical assistance and capacity development division of the organization as well as a living laboratory on best practices.
The New Orleans office is home to the New Orleans Vacant Properties Initiative.
We continue to explore other models for national, state and local partnerships.
Stay connected with CommunityProgress.net for more information about our current campaigns; local, state, and federal work and policy development; research; and advocacy efforts.
Community Progress launched in January 2010, building from the work of a number of the nation's leading vacant property revitalization advocates, including the National Vacant Properties Campaign and the Genesee Institute.
Initial funding to launch Community Progress has come from the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. We are also grateful for support from Enterprise Community Partners, Fannie Mae, LISC - the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, as well as to the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, which have supported our work in the past.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)
"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"
Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster
Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.
I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.