Advocacy is an important part of Preserve Arkansas’s mission. As the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to saving Arkansas’s architectural and cultural heritage, Preserve Arkansas is often in the thick of the battle. From saving historic buildings, structures, and sites to promoting preservation-friendly legislation at all levels of government, Preserve Arkansas works diligently to promote preservation efforts across the state.
In 2017, Preserve Arkansas successfully advocated for passage of Act 393 to improve the Arkansas Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
Due to inconsistent funding, the National Park Service has a maintenance backlog of $11.6 billion nationwide, putting some of our country’s most precious historic resources at risk. Arkansas is home to seven units of the National Park Service that preserve our country’s heritage and positively impact local and state economies. That is why it is so important to address the maintenance backlog, which is currently at almost $41 million in Arkansas alone.
The Historic Tax Credit Enhancement Act of 2018 (S. 3058/H.R. 6081) was recently introduced to enhance the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) and offset potential loss of value due to the credit now being taken over a 5-year period. The legislation eliminates the basis adjustment for HTC projects, providing a tax benefit to owners and attracting more capital from investors while bringing the HTC program in line with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.
Since 2012, Preserve Arkansas has worked to advocate for increased funding for historic county courthouses throughout the state through the dedicated funding source of the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.
Preserve Arkansas adds a statewide voice to local advocacy efforts throughout Arkansas. Here are a few of the local issues that we support (and you can, too!):
Old Ouachita River Bridge, Arkadelphia
William E. Woodruff House, Little Rock
White River Bridge, Clarendon
Downtown Hot Springs