The Cuyahoga Land Bank’s strategic tax foreclosure work battling abandoned and blighted properties requires careful interaction and cooperation between many Cuyahoga County agencies. The Land Bank recently hosted “Collaboration Across the County,” a workshop focused on the function and inter-relationships between county offices in its strategic tax foreclosure work. Attendees included Community Development Corporation (CDC) and community development stakeholders, economic development leaders from local city governments, and representatives from area non-profit organizations.
Speakers from the Cuyahoga Land Bank, as well as the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office, Treasurer, Prosecutor, Clerk of Court, and Sheriff’s Office, updated attendees on acquisition practices, county tax foreclosure and forfeiture processes and the latest best practices in land banking.
“The skillful work of these county agencies is integral to the community development efforts amongst cities, the County, housing organizations and other non-profits,” says Gus Frangos, President and General Counsel for the Cuyahoga Land Bank. “Hopefully, the takeaway from this workshop is recognizing how important tax foreclosure is to neighborhood stabilization and how essential coordination and data-sharing is amongst these agencies.”