From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places; Webinar, June 13

International Economic Development Council

From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places

Date: June 13, 2013

Time:  2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

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Whether it's an abandoned storefront on Main Street or a big box shell in a shopping center, your community probably has vacant space in need of a new identity. At first glance, these underperforming spaces may appear to be signs of disinvestment in your community, which can discourage new companies and residents from relocating to a particular area. Despite this initial impression, however, underutilized buildings have the potential to become defining opportunities for revitalization and investment in your community. During our June webinar, IEDC will explore strategies for redeveloping and enlivening vacant spaces. These strategies range from low-cost community-led efforts to major real estate deals that transform entire neighborhoods. No matter the size or scale of the project, the goal is always the same—to make abandoned buildings productive spaces that attract new businesses, residents, and jobs to the area by helping create a more vibrant and dynamic community. Webinar attendees will learn about the key strategies and decisions behind successful reuse projects from across the country.

Join us for a webinar on June 13 at 2:30 EST to learn:

  • How to establish and manage effective partnerships between government agencies, developers, and other stakeholders.
  • How to finance strategies for vacant space projects.
  • Ways to leverage your community's reuse project into a tool for neighborhood transformation.
  • Best practices for symbiotic relationships between small businesses and vacant spaces.


Sarah Filley
Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Oakland, CA

Todd E. Reidbord
Walnut Capital Management, Inc
Pittsburgh, PA

Paul Svoboda
Special Projects Manager
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Space is limited so register today!

Published on:
May 8, 2013 - 10:48am
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