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Dollars and Sense of Historic Preservation

Most recently held in Downtown Texarkana in Sept. 2023, “Dollars & Sense of Historic Preservation” is a day-long program designed to emphasize the economic benefits of preservation, provide information and resources on preservation incentives, and encourage the use of incentives through practical, real-world examples. The program is designed to meet the needs of chambers of commerce, private and public community and economic development organizations, realtors, owners of historic properties, planners, bankers, municipal officials, county leaders, and anyone with an interest in community and economic development. More information about the Sept. program is below.

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


8:30 AM Registration opens with coffee and pastries
9:00 AM Welcome

Rachel Patton, Executive Director, Preserve Arkansas

The Honorable Allen Brown, Mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas

9:10 AM Recent Findings on the Impacts of Historic Preservation

Donovan Rypkema, Principal, PlaceEconomics

10:10 AM Break
10:20 AM Navigating the National Register and Show Me the (Matching) Money

Rachel Patton, Executive Director, Preserve Arkansas

11:00 AM Historic Tax Credit Applications: What You Need to Know

Amber Jones, Preservation Consulting, LLC

12:00 PM Box lunch
12:30 PM Northeast Louisiana Preservation: A Developer/Builder Perspective

LA State Representative Michael Echols

1:30 – 3:30 PM Downtown Building Tours:

Crossties, 324 E. Broad

Texarkana, AR Municipal Auditorium, 216 Walnut

The Gallery at 1894, 105 Olive

The Banana Club, 223 E. Broad

Potter & Marks Law Firm, 117 E. Broad

U.S. Post Office and Sheppard Park, 500 N. State Line Ave.

And More!


About our Speakers

Donovan Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics. Working at the nexus of historic preservation and economic development, Rypkema has undertaken assignments in 49 states and more than 50 countries. He is the author of The Economics of Historic Preservation. Rypkema holds a Masters degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. He teaches preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2012, Rypkema received the Crowninshield Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Michael Echols is a Bastrop, Louisiana, native and Ouachita Parish businessman elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2019 to represent District 14, which includes parts of Morehouse and Ouachita parishes. He holds degrees in accounting and business administration from the University of Louisiana – Monroe. Rep. Echols has been recognized for his dynamic leadership, innovative approach to problem-solving, and heart for public service. He is a past president of the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation and has completed numerous preservation projects in the Monroe, LA, area.

Amber Jones is a Historic Preservation Consultant specializing in the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, National Register Listings, and Façade Easements. She has been preparing Federal and State tax credit documents and facilitating the sale of the Arkansas Tax Credit for property owners since 2010. To date, she has completed more than 400 projects with property owners receiving over $20 million dollars in Federal and State Tax Credits, collectively, with about $14 million in State Credits funded to cash. She has projects statewide in Arkansas. Amber lives in an 1890s Queen Anne Victorian in Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter with her husband, Scott, and their three daughters. Their home and family were featured on an episode of SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” in 2013.

Rachel Patton is the executive director of Preserve Arkansas, the only statewide nonprofit advocate for the preservation of Arkansas’s historic places. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science from Arkansas Tech University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. Rachel has more than 15 years of experience working in historic preservation in Arkansas. She is the president of the Arkansas Historical Association and serves on the executive committee of Preservation Action, the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation.

Sponsor Levels and Benefits

Level Amount Tickets Included Website E-Newsletter/Social Media Program Press Release
Platinum Presenting $1,000 8 tickets; 1-year corporate partnership with Preserve Arkansas Most prominent logo and link on website Verbal recognition during event; Logo & link in e-mail; prominent recognition on Preserve Arkansas social media accounts Most prominent logo in printed program Mention in press release
Gold Sponsor $750 6 tickets Logo and link on website Verbal recognition during event; Logo & link in e-mail; social media recognition Logo and listing in printed program Mention in press release
Silver Sponsor $500 4 tickets Logo on website Listing in e-mail and social media promotions for event Listing in printed program
Bronze Sponsor $250 2 tickets Listing on website Listing in e-mail promotions for event Listing in printed program

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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