Milwaukee Wins an Invitation to the Community Progress Leadership Institute
Prestigious Training Effort will Help Milwaukee Address Foreclosures and Vacant Homes
A delegation from Milwaukee has won an invitation to an exclusive training program aimed at reducing the negative impacts of vacant and blighted properties. Seven people from Milwaukee will attend the 2014 Community Progress Leadership Institute, a program held at Harvard Law School in mid-March.
The participants from Milwaukee will include both senior Barrett administration officials and local representatives of the Dominican Center for Women, Washington Park Partners, and LISC. All the Milwaukee attendees are actively involved in addressing housing and neighborhood issues.
“A lot of innovative approaches are underway in Milwaukee, but the significance of both the foreclosure and vacant home problems requires us to continuously look at new ideas,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “The invitation to join the Community Progress Leadership Institute is a positive opportunity.”
Through Mayor Barrett’s Strong Neighborhoods effort, Milwaukee is investing more than $11-million dollars this year to manage and reduce the impacts of home foreclosures. The city is also focused on returning vacant homes to productive use and engaging residents to join in strengthening neighborhoods.
At the Community Progress Leadership Institute, Milwaukee will join representatives from Battle Creek, Michigan, Detroit, Huntington, West Virginia, Jackson, Mississippi, Oklahoma City, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Wilmington, Delaware. The Institute is a program of the national Center for Community Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating blight in American communities.
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