Executives Selected to Participate in VPLI

City of College Park Executives Selected to Participate in Vacant Property Leadership Institute
Posted on 02/17/2022
 Executives Selected to Participate in VPLI

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City of College Park Executives Selected to Participate in

Vacant Property Leadership Institute

The City of College Park delegation team brings back sustainable infrastructure strategies

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COLLEGE PARK, GA – (February 16, 2022) – A College Park delegation team, made up of city officials and business leaders, including Mayor Bianca Motley Broom, Artie Jones III (Director of Economic Development), Interim Police Chief Sharis McCrary, Tasha Hall-Garrison (Community Development Administrator), and Jay Shotes (Community Advocate and Business Owner), have completed the Vacant Property Leadership Institute (VPLI), held in Austin, TX, by Center for Community Progress.


VPLI brought together selected cities throughout the country to educate officials about the effects of vacant, abandoned, and dilapidated properties (VAD), and how to create effective enforcement efforts to decrease VAD within local communities.

“I am extremely grateful to the National League of Cities, the Center for Community Progress, and all of the sponsors of VPLI for this amazing opportunity. Our team learned vital resources that we can use for the betterment of our community,” said Mayor Bianca Motley Broom. “We are bringing back strategies and solutions tailored for College Park, allowing us to continue to build a community better equipped to face the challenges of vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties.”


College Park was one of only 12 cities selected to attend the 2022 VPLI where cities also learned sustainable strategies that are centered in racial equity and contribute to the eradication of inequities within local infrastructure.


 “The VPLI is an invaluable program helping communities to strategically utilize development tools to eradicate VAD,” said Artie Jones III. “I look forward to applying all that we’ve learned to the City of College Park to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors.”


The 2022 Leadership Institute combines four-days of intense training, up to 100-hours of technical assistance, and access to a network of experts and practitioners to help local leaders come together to tackle the challenges that have been brought on by widespread systemic vacancy.


“The experience provided through the Center for Community Progress and the VPLI was life changing, not only for those able to attend firsthand, but to the residents in communities throughout the nation,” said Tasha Hall-Garrison. “VAD effects the perception of the community it’s located within, in addition to impacting the emotional/mental health of the residents living amongst its shadow. The training provided will create a coalition for change along with shaping legislation that will produce statewide outcomes.”


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About College Park:
Encompassing 11.1 square miles, College Park is home to the world headquarters of Chick-fil-A, the most traveled airport worldwide in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and has the largest and one of the most prestigious K-12 private schools in the continental United States – Woodward Academy. College Park has one of Georgia’s most vibrant historical communities, while the city moves boldly ahead in new technologies and alternative fuel and energy platforms. College Park’s progressive mission focuses on economic development, hospitality and entertainment. The city-operated Georgia International Convention Center boasts the largest ballroom in the state of Georgia, in addition to the Gateway Center Arena @ College Park, home to the College Park Skyhawks and the Atlanta Dream.