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Fighting Neighborhood Decay: From Blight to Bright

Date: March 8, 2018

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: March 8 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on March 7

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, February 26

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Facing a blight issue in your community? Are several economic and social problems stemming throughout your region? Lack of investment in urban infrastructure over time can result in vacant lots, abandoned buildings, derelict homes, environmental contamination, and other public nuisances which may have a blighting effect. Neighborhood decay has been commonly linked to depreciating property values, higher crime rates, and increased unemployment levels. Fortunately, you may be able to take advantage of the many citywide blight-eliminating campaigns which are underway. Government officials and economic developers are viewing blight as an opportunity to further redevelopment and rehabilitation projects in their communities. During this webinar, you will hear best practices for fighting blight, and for bringing vacant buildings and abandoned properties back to productive use.

What you'll learn:

• Impacts of blight on sustainability and community viability
• Case studies of successful blight removal and reinvestment programs
• The role of land banks in acquiring and repurposing neglected properties



Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, February 26. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, February 26.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, February 26 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, February 26 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.