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.
Sessions will tackle practical strategies, research, and fresh ideas on a wide range of topics, including:
Demolition and other blight elimination techniques
Code enforcement and nuisance abatement
Property tax systems and tax foreclosure
Data and information systems
Equitable community development
Arts, placemaking, and preservation
Residential, non-residential, and green reuse
Access to capital in underserved communities
In addition to traditional conference sessions, mobile workshops will take participants to Baltimore’s neighborhoods to experience the City firsthand and learn from the leaders who are working to reclaim and revitalize the city’s vacant properties.