Dan Kildee is co-founder and president of the Center for Community Progress. Previously he founded and ran the Genesee County Land Bank. He is also a candidate to represent Michigan’s 5th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
￼￼Even the most sophisticated private and nonprofit partnerships for dealing with vacant property will end up with some properties that don’t pencil out. Land banks can step in to keep those properties from dragging down revitalization efforts.