Friday, December 6, 2019
UCA Downtown, 1105 W. Oak Street, Conway
First held in 2014 at Hot Springs, Dollars and Sense of Historic Preservation is a half-day workshop designed to discuss the economic potential of historic building rehabilitation as well as tools for redevelopment. We hope you will join us for this informative and useful workshop! Registration is $20, or $15 for Preserve Arkansas members.
For members of the American Institute of Architects, Dollars & Sense Conway is worth 3 hours of continuing education credit.
8 am – Registration opens; coffee & pastries
8:30 – Welcome by Jack Bell, Chief of Staff, City of Conway and Rachel Patton, Executive Director, Preserve Arkansas
8:40 – Preservation Basics: Laying the Foundation for Success
This session will include short presentations by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program staff. Ralph Wilcox will speak about the process for listing a property on the National Register of Historic Places; Tom Marr will describe how to use Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits; Brian Driscoll will discuss the AHPP’s grant programs and guidelines.
9:40 – Break
9:55 – Qualified Opportunity Zones
This session will be led by Chris Travis with Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. Travis will describe the Qualified Opportunity Zone program created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and explain how historic property owners may benefit.
10:45 – Let’s Go Solar!
This session will be led by Heather Nelson and Josh Davenport, co-founders of Seal Solar. They will discuss ways to implement solar energy technology on historic buildings without compromising integrity as well as the benefits of the Solar Tax Credit.
11:45 – Local Success Stories
This session, led by Kim Williams, director of the Conway Downtown Partnership, will highlight downtown Conway’s recent successes and then become a panel discussion with downtown property and business owners, who will speak about why they wanted to own downtown real estate and how they financed their projects.
12:30 pm – Adjourn for lunch on your own in downtown Conway