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Neighborhood Allies President, Presley Gillespie Participates in Community Progress Leadership Institute

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DSC_0233On March 19th, Presley Gillespie served on a panel at the Center for Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI) at Harvard University. Over 50 participants from seven cities were selected to attend the four day event of intensive training and technical assistance on a variety of land use & reform concepts designed to unlock the value of urban land.

Presley was part of a national team of experts that engaged with CPLI participants to connect the classroom experience with hands-on practicums and on-the-ground learning experiences that foster appropriately scaled, collaborative approaches to blight and revitalization for both local communities and larger regions. That includes ongoing support from national experts in each area of expertise tackled by CPLI participants, as they work to bring legislative and policy initiatives to fruition in their communities. Presley led a panel focused on Adaptive Leadership, a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challengingenvironments. The discussions included how both individually and collectively, to take on the gradual but meaningful process of change; diagnosing the essential from the expendable and bringing about a real challenge to the status quo, while addressing the challenges of developing consensus, a sense of shared vision and direction; a cohesiveness of purpose; a sense of commonality and shared values.

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The CPLI is a national leadership program designed to empower civic leaders across the country with the comprehensive skills they need to tackle urban blight and revitalization, by helping them initiate and implement productive change in the ways they address vacant and abandoned properties. CPLI provides both information and human resources to aid communities and governments in their question to create effective land banking systems. For more information on CPLI, click here.

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