National Preservation Conference

The Tool of Real Estate in the Historic Preservation Toolbox

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by Special Contributor No Comments


By Daniel Ronan

Historic Preservation professionals take an afternoon tour on a snowy afternoon in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, one of the largest historic districts in the country. | Photo: Daniel Ronan

Historic Preservation professionals take a tour on a snowy afternoon in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, one of the largest historic districts in the country. | Photo: Daniel Ronan

Knowledge of real estate finance would help many preservationists understand the complexities involved with saving places through rehabilitation and/or reuse, yet many are unfamiliar with the key terms and concepts. Recognizing that this valuable skill was missing in the preservationists toolbox, the National Trust for Historic Preservation partnered with the National Development Council in 2012 to develop two week-long intensive training sessions on Historic Real Estate Finance. Through the generous support of the 1772 Foundation, courses have been offered in Salem, Ma., Knoxville, Tn., Cincinnati, Oh., and Newport, Ri.

Past participants of the course raved about the relevance and usefulness of the knowledge gained by attending. Now, we are able to offer to a wider audience a one day primer of this material on Wednesday, November 12 during the PastForward National Preservation Conference in Savannah, Ga. Daniel Ronan, a past participant, contributes his thoughts on the value and importance of attending the training. Join his ranks of those in the know of real estate finance by registering for the Preservation Leadership Training© Intensive (registration for the training is in addition to registration for the National Preservation Conference) at

I first heard about the real estate finance training during a session at the 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis. Led by Corey Leon of the National Development Council, I was excited to see how a training in real estate pro formas, funding sources, and deal making could help my budding interest in historic preservation as a career. With a background in transportation and economics, I found real estate, although new, could help me broaden my skill set and vocabulary as I took the plunge from real-estate lover to real estate change agent.... Read More →

preservationVENTURE: A Real Estate Reading List

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff No Comments


PastForward_LOGO_RGBImmerse yourself in real estate at the PastForward conference in Savannah this fall. How? Start your real estate experience at PastForward with preservationVenture Trust Live on Thursday, November 13 followed by six Real-Estate Learning Labs, sponsored by The 1772 Foundation. Why? To learn about Program-related Investments (PRIs), revolving funds, rightsizing, affordable housing, rehabilitation tax credits, the real estate development process, basic debt and equity calculations, deal structuring, and tax incentives, syndication and much more.

Interested? Then sign up for PastForward. And to make the most of your three days in Savannah, take a crack at the following reading list before you arrive. Let’s start with tax credits:

In a Preservation Leadership Forum blog post “The Federal Historic Tax Credit: Transforming Communities,” Donovan Rypkema, one of the preservation field’s most respected economists and a speaker at the “Beauty vs. the Bottom Line” Learning Lab, summarizes findings from his recent report on the catalytic impacts of federal historic tax credit projects in six neighborhoods in Georgia, Maryland and Utah.

Renee Kuhlman, the National Trust’s director of Special Projects, Government Relations and Policy, delves into several states’ historic tax credit programs and their resulting benefits in her Preservation Leadership Forum post, “Daring to be Different: Innovative Historic Tax Credits.” Kuhlman will be leading a Power Session on state tax credits in Savannah.... Read More →

Registration Live – 2014 National Preservation Conference

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff


PastForward_Web_619x350Registration is now open for the 2014 National Preservation Conference, PastForward, Nov. 11-14, in Savannah, Ga. Registration and complete conference details are exclusively online at

PastForward inaugurates a new era for the National Preservation Conference. It will debut TrustLive, a series of four live streamed marquee talks that explore preservation through new lenses. This year’s TrustLive presentations will focus on climate change, entrepreneurship, data mapping, and engaging new audiences. Companion educational sessions, our Learning Labs, will expand upon TrustLive themes and there will be ample time for lively discussion and debate with your peers.

A sampling of Learning Labs include Breathing Life into Legacy Cities, a look at how leaders in Newark, NJ are using the city’s past to shape its future; Changing Demographics: The Consequences for Historic Preservation, a study in how demographic shifts are affecting historic neighborhoods; and Ask the Experts: Revolving Fund Coaching, a chance for both veterans and novices to learn how to effectively employ and sustain historic properties redevelopment fund in their communities.... Read More →