First held at Hot Springs in 2014, “Dollars & Sense of Historic Preservation” is a half-day 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, Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Historic Preservation Restoration Grants, Conservation Easements, Qualified Opportunity Zones, Solar Energy for historic buildings and the Solar Tax Credit, 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 property, planners, bankers, municipal officials, county leaders, and anyone with an interest in community and economic development.
8:30 a.m. Registration opens
9:00 a.m. Welcome – Rachel Patton, Executive Director, Preserve Arkansas and Kathy Boyette, Preserve Arkansas Board President
9:10 a.m. National Register of Historic Places – Ralph Wilcox, National Register and Survey Coordinator, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
9:40 a.m. AHPP Grant Programs – Joia Burton, Grants Administrator, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
10:10 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. Federal and State Historic Tax Credits – Amber Jones, Preservation Consulting, LLC
11:10 a.m. The Success of Preservation-Based Revitalization – Greg Phillips, Director, Main Street Arkansas and Hannah Ratzlaff, Exterior Design Consultant, Main Street Arkansas
11:40 a.m. Lunch from Postmaster’s Grill, Camden
12:30 p.m. Solar for Historic Buildings – Grant Beach, Project Coordinator, Seal Solar
1:10 p.m. Opportunity Zones and Historic Properties – Jill Judy, Downtown Dwellings
1:30 p.m. Resources from the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District – Blake Harrell, Community & Economic Development Director, SWAPDD
2:00 p.m. Restoring the Fairview Gymnasium – Amanda Wunnenberg, Director, The Events Center at Fairview Park
Program concludes at 2:30 p.m.