Bob Beckley, Professor and Dean Emeritus has been reappointed to the eight-person board of the Center for Community Progress (CCP). With support from the Ford Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation and others the CCP now has offices in Flint, MI, Washington D.C., and New Orleans. The CCP was created by joining the Genesee Institute, where Bob had served as executive vice president, with Smart Growth America's National Vacant Properties Campaign. The CCP's primary mission is to advise and support state and local governments as they address problems associated with abandoned and vacant properties "turning vacant spaces into vibrant places." The CCP also manages Michigan's Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2. Bob served as the first chair of the CCP board from 2009-10 as it transitioned from two separate entities to one with a national agenda.