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Dollars and Sense of Historic Preservation

December 2, 2021

Woodruff Electric Cooperative Community Meeting Room

3201 Highway 1 North, Forrest City

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First held at Hot Springs in 2014, “Dollars & Sense of Historic Preservation” is a day-long program designed to discuss the economic potential of historic building rehabilitation as well as tools for redevelopment. The agenda includes presentations on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Preservation Restoration Grants, Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Historic Rehabilitation Financing, Revitalization through Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Qualified Opportunity Zones and Historic Tax Credits, and local success stories. 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.

The Forrest City program is available below.

Click here to watch recordings from our December workshop.



Thursday, December 2, 2021

9:00 AM          Registration Opens – Coffee & pastries sponsored by First National Bank of Eastern Arkansas


9:20 AM          Welcome

The Honorable Cedric Williams, Mayor of Forrest City

Rachel Patton, Executive Director, Preserve Arkansas


9:30 AM          National Register of Historic Places

Travis Ratermann, Survey Historian, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


10:00 AM        State Preservation Grants

Travis Ratermann, Survey Historian, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


10:30 AM        Break – Sponsored by First National Bank of Eastern Arkansas


10:40 AM        Federal and State Historic Tax Credits

Amber Jones, Historic Preservation Consultant, Preservation Consulting, LLC


11:30 AM        Lunch


12:30 PM        Financing Your Historic Rehab Project

John French, Executive Vice President for Risk and Operations, Southern Bancorp


1:00 PM          Revitalization of the Arkansas Delta through Outdoor Recreation and Cultural Tourism

Martin Smith, PLA, ASLA, Principal, Ecological Design Group


2:00 PM         Opportunity Arkansas: How Opportunity Zones and Historic Tax Credits Can Work Together

Jamie R. Wright, Co-founder and Executive Director, Alliance for Rural Impact

Adam D. Reid, Attorney, Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.


2:40 PM          Success Story: The Grumpy Rabbit in Lonoke

Ryan Biles, Architect


3:15 PM          Program Concludes