Detroit to host conference on vacant properties

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DETROIT (AP) — People representing government, business and nonprofits from around the country are expected in Detroit next year to discuss issues related to vacant properties.

The Flint-based Center for Community Progress says in a statement the sixth national "Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference" will take place May 19-21. It's scheduled for the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is expected to draw 700 to 1,000 people.

Detroit has worked for years to deal with vacant homes and buildings, and thousands of them have been razed. Sessions will highlight those and other efforts.

The theme is "Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement," exploring the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight. Participants will learn ways for government officials, community leaders and others and work together on efforts.

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Online:

http://www.communityprogress.net

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