As preservationists, we naturally look to the past—that’s our job. So as we head into 2013, let’s take a quick look back to review some useful tools and resources from last year that preservation leaders can make use of in 2013.
1. The year started with the Winter issue of the Forum Journal, Section 106 Uncensored, which offered a candid and frank view of one of preservation’s strongest tools—Section 106. Forum members can access all the articles in the Forum Library, otherwise the full issue is available to purchase.
Worth Mentioning: The rest of the 2012 Forum Journals: Beyond Boundaries in the Inland and Pacific Northwest, Green and Local Powers Preservation, and Game Changers: Forum Articles that Have Made a Difference.
2. Our first Forum Focus provided an in-depth look at the Preservation Green Lab’s report, The Greenest Building, Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, which compared the environmental consequences of reusing and retrofitting an existing building for energy efficiency versus building new. This white paper helps preservation professionals and advocates use the data contained within the report to advance their own efforts to save historic places.
Worth Mentioning: Our other three Forum Focuses: Research Confirms the Power of Tax Credits, Special Lecture by Donovan Rypkema, the 2012 Louise Du Pont Crowninshield Award Recipient, and Helping Cities Get it Right: Preservation Strategies for Addressing Rightsizing.
3. In 2012 the Forum Reference Desk opened for business with two dedicated staff members ready to answer your preservation questions. This year they responded to more than 1,000 inquiries. Check out their recent post here on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog.
4. Speaking of which…the Preservation Leadership Forum Blog launched, and we’re just getting warmed up. In 2013 we hope to hear more from Forum members, while also looking to other disciplines to make sure the latest news and ideas are reaching preservation leaders. Interested in contributing? Here is a link to our guidelines.
5. At the National Preservation Conference in Spokane, Forum members were treated to a VIP Reception following the opening plenary. Seeing all of you in one place really highlighted the energy and enthusiasm of the Forum network. As planning moves ahead for Indianapolis, we look for your help with session content and field sessions.
7. This year we also held a Special Webinar on Historic Tax Credits. This webinar brought attendees up-to-date information on protecting this important tool for saving places.
8. Preservation Leadership Forum members have exclusive access to grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2012 the National Preservation Fund provided over $974,791 in awards to 196 projects. Interested in submitting a grant application? The next deadline is February 1.
9. The Preservation Leadership Forum partnered with the National Development Council to offer the first of a two-part real estate training program—Forum members were given priority over other applicants, among other criteria.
10. You. Preservation Leadership Forum is your network. By contributing to the PLF blog and the Forum Journal, by attending the conference and trainings, you--along with your preservation colleagues--support, contribute, and push the preservation movement forward. The Forum network of preservation leaders continues to be your best resource for saving places in the year to come.
Happy New Year from the Preservation Leadership Forum Staff
Valecia, Susan, Byrd, Priya, Lindsey, Melita, and Louise
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