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Karen Black of May 8 Consulting shares the latest research on how municipalities can effectively address problem properties at the 2018 Sullivan Renaissance Municipal Forum:

Speeches and Presentations

  • Home Repair Loan Programs: How to Create a Revolving Loan Fund or Loan Guarantee Fund, Homes within Reach Conference, Harrisburg PA (October 30, 2018).
  • Using Data to Improve Neighborhood Conditions, Learning Roundtable: Understanding How Neighborhood Conditions Impact Family Stability, Mobility and Community Wealth-Building Efforts in America’s Divested Communities Atlanta GA (October 12, 2018)
  • Financing Determinants of Health, Reinvest Philly Summit, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (October 9, 2018)
  • Strategies to Reactivate Vacant Properties, Sullivan Renaissance Municipal Forum (September 27, 2018) Liberty NY See Video Above.
  • Strategies to Address Blight, 2018 Delaware Governor’s Conference on Housing Dover Delaware (September 6, 2018).
  • Vacant, Abandoned and Deteriorated Properties Training Academy, Hartford Connecticut, Center for Community Progress (November 6, 2017).
  • “Amplifying Neighborhood Voices Through RCOs”, Philadelphia 3.0 (September 27, 2017).
  • Improving Rental Housing through Innovative Code Enforcement, Shared Prosperity Roundtable (October 27, 2016).
  • Market-Informed Decision-Making for Strategic Code Enforcement Success Training, Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (September 29-30, 2016).
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Impact of Scattered Site Rental Housing, Center for Community Progress, Baltimore MD (September 29, 2016).
  • Affordable Housing, Development and the Future of the City, The Philadelphia Citizen (April 25, 2016).
  • Improving the Neighborhood Fabric - Effective and Equitable Regulatory Strategies for Owner-Occupied Properties, Center for Community Progress Code Enforcement Academy, Dallas TX (November 17, 2015).
  • Women Shaping A Better Tomorrow: The Urban Environment, University of Pennsylvania Association of Alumnae (October 12, 2015).
  • Bottom Line Benefit – Unlocking Property Values through Tackling Blight, Webinar (April 8, 2015).
  • Breaking Ground, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (March 12, 2015).
  • Housing Quality and Health Outcomes: Smart Choices for a Stronger City, roundtable sponsored jointly by the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (February 25, 2015).
  • Blight to Bright: 25 Tools Proven to Eliminate Blight in Pennsylvania, 14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Baltimore (January 31, 2015).
  • Equitable Development: Thorny Issues, Common Lessons and Leading Strategies for Places Large and Small, 14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Baltimore (January 30, 2015).
  • Blight to Bright, Affinity Dinner, Homes within Reach Conference, Harrisburg PA (November 17, 2014).
  • Supporting Growth & Protecting Residents: Lessons Learned from West Philadelphia's Equitable Development Strategy, Homes within Reach Conference, Harrisburg PA (November 17, 2014).
  • Cultivating Health for Success, Homes within Reach Conference, Harrisburg PA (Nov 18, 2014).
  • Land Bank and Development: A Continuing Legal Education training for City Attorneys, (July 29, 2014).
  • From Blight to Bright: A How To for Local Officials, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Homestead PA (July 24, 2014).
  • Being Resilient When Disaster Strikes, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Reinventing Older Communities Conference (May 13, 2014).
  • Digging Into Strategic Code Enforcement, Homes within Reach Conference (November 12, 2013).
  • The Role of CDCs in Enhancing the Built Environment, Design on the Delaware Conference (October 30, 2013).
  • "Taking Care of Business - A Progress Report", Social Venture Institute (October 19, 2012).
  • "Planning for Proactive Control of your Neighborhood's Future", Preservation Alliance Annual Conference (October 12, 2012).
  • Vacant Land Reform, West Philadelphia Block Captains Forum (August 4, 2012).
  • Building a Strong Small Business Sector in the Global Economy, Federal Reserve Bank Reinventing Conference (May 10, 2012).
  • Foreclosure Prevention and its Role in Neighborhood Stabilization, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey Membership Meeting (December 8, 2011).
  • Taking Care of Business: Improving Philadelphia’s Small Business Climate, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia Social Venture Institute (November 18, 2011).
  • Overstudied and Underserved — Uses of the Law to Promote Healthy Sustainable Urban Communities, Philadelphia’s Fourth Annual Symposium on Equality (October 6, 2011).
  • No Place Like Home: Philadelphia’s Approach to Foreclosure Prevention, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Community Development Event (September 18, 2011).
    Video available here. Click on Videos Introductory Remarks; Findings and Recommendations and go to 14.06 to hear Karen Black speak.
  • Strategies for Promoting a New Zoning Code, Next Great City Luncheon (July 7, 2011).
  • Maintaining the Viability of Small-Scale Rental Housing, Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank Roundtable Forum (March 11, 2011).
  • Emerging Research and Evaluation Practices for Foreclosure Mediation Programs, U.S. Department of Justice National Workshop (March 7, 2011).
  • Creating Development Opportunities in Neighborhoods, Philadelphia Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods Conference (September 20, 2010).

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