- Program Environment
- Program Area Special Initiatives
- Grant Amount $25,000
- Grant Period October 1, 2004–September 30, 2005
- Location Washington, DC, United States
- Geographic Focus Michigan
About this grant
The National Vacant Properties Campaign (NVPC) was developed in 2002 by Smart Growth America to promote the redevelopment of vacant land and abandoned buildings. During the past year, NVPC has collaborated with the Genesee County Treasurer to advocate land banking as a public policy tool for local governments as they address the challenges of vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties. This grant will enable Smart Growth to partner with the treasurer to host a two-day forum in Flint.Funding will support objectives that include advancing the state of knowledge and practice on land banking and vacant property reclamation in Michigan and in the United States; connecting people with NVPC and its resources; and informing NVPC about priorities gleaned from conference participants. Approximately 100 people from across the country are expected to participate in the conference, with the first day focusing on national issues and the second focusing on land banking law and policy in Michigan.Smart Growth America, established in 2000, is a nationwide advocacy coalition that works to promote an approach to economic development that preserves open space and farmland, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and provides a variety of transportation choices.