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April 7, 2017 Action Items, All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Advocacy Week, Antiquities Act, Appropriations, Budget, Connecticut, Historic Tax Credits, Maryland, Missouri, National Heritage Areas

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 10, April 07, 2017 →

Action Alert: Tell Your Members of Congress to Support National Heritage Areas

Last month, President Trump released his “America First” Budget Blueprint or “skinny” budget for fiscal year 2018. This budget does not provide detailed appropriations numbers, but does provide top-line numbers for agencies and outlines spending priorities for the Trump administration. President Trump is expected to release his detailed budget in May. Legislators will then begin the appropriations process for FY18, but not before dealing with the remainder of FY17, which with the current continuing resolution, ends on April 28th. While much in President Trump’s budget is still unknown, the outline released specifically targeted the National Heritage Area (NHA) program for elimination. We need your help to protect NHAs!

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. The NHA program is composed of 49 national heritage areas from across the country. NHAs are not administered by the National Park Service (NPS), but by state/non-profit entities with guidance and limited financial assistance (which is matched by other public or private entities) provided by the NPS. NHAs are currently funded at $16 million, and have been a frequent target of other administration’s budgets.

We need you to take action now and join us in opposing any attempt to eliminate the National Heritage Area program. While this budget outline is very concerning, Congress ultimately controls the appropriations process. Your representative and senators need to hear from you, as constituents, on this important issue. Is there a National Heritage Area in your state/district? NHAs like the MotorCities National Heritage Area in Michigan or the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area in Iowa, help to tell the history of America. Make sure you highlight what’s at risk if this program is eliminated. Preservation Action will continue to follow the appropriations process and continue advocating for robust funding for historic preservation programs, like NHAs.

Take Action

1. Do you already have a contact in your Representative/Senators office? Reach out, expressing your concern for National Heritage Areas.

2. Find contact information for your Representative/Senators.

3. Tell your members of Congress to protect the National Heritage Area program: Sample letter below.

National Heritage Area Sample Letter

Dear (Congressman/woman or Senator)

As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to protect the National Heritage Area Program from elimination in the Administration’s proposed 2018 budget and as you continue work on fiscal year 2017 appropriations.

National Heritage Areas are vital in preserving natural, cultural, and historic resources for future generations. National Heritage Areas also provide an outstanding example of how to leverage taxpayer investment with public and private resources, something the President’s budget specifically calls for. The program also helps to strengthen local economies, providing jobs and increased tax revenue.

*Provide local example*

You are in a position to ensure that National Heritage Areas continue to promote and preserve our past while strengthening local economies. I ask for your support in protecting the funding for this vital program during the fy17 and fy18 appropriations process.

Preservation50 Releases Closing Report on Effort to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the NHPA

(L-R) PA President Russ Carnahan with President of American Express Foundation Timothy McClimon, Executive Director of NCSHPO Erik Hein, President of NATHPO Bambi Kraus, CEO of AIA Robert Ivy, and Greg Werkheiser of Cultural Heritage Partners.

PA President Russ Carnahan at the P50 Launch Reception

This week, Preservation50 released their closing report, wrapping up the 3 year effort to recognize and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 2016. The NHPA was signed into law in October of 1966 and established the framework of how the U.S would preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeology. In addition to recognizing the historic law, the Preservation50 effort also set out to build a strong preservation program for the future and educate lawmakers on how to improve heritage policy and funding. Preservation Action was pleased to be a partner in this effort.

Overall Preservation50 set out with 5 goals in mind, Build a Coalition, Leverage Lessons Learned, Tell the Story Broadly, and Educate Policymakers, and Develop Leaders. Thanks in part to the more than 100 partner organizations delivered on those goals with new, exciting initiatives. Check out Preservation50’s complete Closing Report to learn more!

Preservation Grant Improvement Act Passes in Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation this week that will provide more stable funding for preservation across Maryland in the future. The Grant Improvement Act (HB1513/SB1069) calls for $1.5 million to be provided annually to the state’s Historic Preservation Grant Fund. The fund is managed by the Maryland Historical Trust and primarily supports the rehabilitation of historic properties, the survey and documentation of historic properties, and museum projects.

This Grant Improvement Act provides a much more stable funding source for the Historic Preservation Grant Fund, which previously had not received new appropriations for 8 years. While the passed legislation does note that the funding is subject to “limitations of the state budget” the bill calls for the Governor to include historic preservation funding in the annual budget. The bill now moves to Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, to sign into law. This is a huge victory for preservation in Maryland. Congratulations to the grassroots advocates that made this possible, especially to our partners at Preservation Maryland, for their tireless advocacy.

Thanks for Another Great Advocacy Week

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NCSHPO Executive Director, Erik Hein, at Advocacy Week 2017

Thanks to everyone who battled the weather and came out for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week. Thanks to all of the participants, sponsors and supporters who helped make it all possible. We had over 200 meetings scheduled, representing 42 states!

Return Hill Meetings Report Forms

Knowing who you met with and how the meetings went is essential for Preservation Action and National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers staff for their continued advocacy. Reports can be completed online and takes less than 10 minutes (in case anyone had difficulty entering multiple reports, it should be working now).

Complete Your Hill Report Form Online Today! →

A copy of the form was also included in your briefing packet, and can be downloaded here. Completed forms can also be emailed to mail@preservationaction.org, or simply mailed to our office. Please return your hill report forms by April 15th.

Follow Up

As preservationists return to the their home states, Preservation Action is counting on grassroots activists to keep up at the advocacy!

  • Follow up with your members of Congress and their staff you met during your hill visits. Perhaps send a personal thank you note.
  • Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (S. 425, H.R 1158)
  • Request a meeting with your member of Congress in their district. The next congressional in-district period is April 7-24th.
  • Invite the members and their district staff to tour tax credit projects or historic sites.
  • Invite the member of Congress to speak at a local event on historic preservation.

National News

The New York Times: “Op Ed: The Endangered Antiquities Act

Stories From Around the States

Missouri: “Effort Being Made to Continue Missouri’s Historic Tax Credit Program

New York: “Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Led Nation in Investments to Revitalize Historic Properties Statewide

Connecticut: “The State of Historic Tax Credits: Connecticut Looks at Boost to Annual Cap

 

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July 31, 2013 Action Items, All News 2 Comments Tags: Historic Preservation Fund Take Action Now to Restore HPF Funding We reported last week that the House In

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Take Action Now to Restore HPF Funding

We reported last week that the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a drastic 19% cut to the Historic Preservation Fund. Today the full House Appropriations Committee will vote on the Interior Appropriations Bill.

Representative Jose Serrano (D-NY), a member of the Historic Preservation Caucus, plans to introduce an amendment during the hearing that will restore HPF funding to last year’s levels. We need our members who have Representatives on the Appropriations Committee to contact them now and urge support for the Serrano amendment.

See our organizational sign-on letter as an example. For more information check out our Appropriations Committee Page. If you seek guidance on how to contact your Representative, check out our Lobbying 1-2-3 page.

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    If you would list all the members of the Appropriations Committee, it would give us more possibilities for writing. Thanks. MB

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      Absolutely, Martha! There is a link to the list of House Appropriations Committee in the article in red, and here is the direct link: /resources/congress/committees/#houseappropriations.

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July 27, 2012 Action Items, All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Preservation Action, Legislative Update Volume 15, Number 34 – July 27, 2012 Sponsors Added to Historic S

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 15, Number 34 – July 27, 2012

Sponsors Added to Historic Schools Act – More Needed

Last week we reported Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) introduced H.R. 6151, the Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act in the House – the same bill that had been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) in October of 2011. Since then, several co-sponsors have signed on. (See list, right)

The bill simply amends the existing Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit by allowing the rehabilitation expenses of public educational facilities that partner with for-profit entities to qualify for the program.

With a great deal of discussion on the Hill about renewing expiring tax provisions, this is the kind of basic tweak to an existing program that enjoys broad bipartisan support. In fact, in November of last year, Sen. Webb (D-VA), Sen. Warner (D-VA), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA), and former Governors Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R), both of whom are running for VA Senator, published an editorial in Politico enthusiastically supporting this legislation.

Preservation Action encourages its members to contact their Representatives and Senators to ask them to cosponsor this important legislation.

Talking Points
  • According to the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 28 percent of all public K-12 schools were built before 1950. A recent study by the American Society of Civil engineers gave a “D” rating on the quality of our nation’s public school buildings.
  • In 2011, the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit leveraged more than $4 billion in private investment and helped create nearly 56,000 jobs.
  • Currently the only way for historic school buildings to be eligible for the historic tax credit is for them to be transferred to a private developer and switched to another use. This legislation would enable historic schools to be renovated – and remain in use as schools.

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March 22, 2017 Action Items, All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Historic Preservation Fund Congress is currently determining funding levels for t

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Congress is currently determining funding levels for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 and starting the process for FY18 for historic preservation. They need to hear from you right now. It is critical that all advocates of historic preservation reach out to their members of Congress to notify and urge them to sign onto the House/Senate “HPF Dear Colleague” letters which shows support for the Historic Preservation Fund.

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides vital funds for historic preservation and protection programs. This year’s House Dear Colleague letter request $83.4 million, including $47.925 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $11.985 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and $500,000 in grants to underserved communities. In addition, the request includes $13 million for competitive grants for the Civil Rights initiative, and $5 million in competitive grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This request is equal to level of funds included in the House passed FY17 Interior Appropriations bill. What’s at Stake if the HPF is Under-Funded? Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes not only our national historic preservation program, but also State and local preservation efforts. As dollars and staff sizes shrink in State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, public education and training, survey and documentation programs, and rehabilitation funding suffer in order to address the activities about which SHPOs and THPOs have no discretion – such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases. The Senate Dear Colleague letter is still being worked on. We will share as soon as it becomes available.

Help Spread the Word!

This webpage contains information on contacting your Members of Congress, how to ask that they sign-on the HPF Dear Colleague letters, and concise information to help you make your preservation pitch. Share this web site with your members, networks, and social media friends on Facebook and Twitter.

1

Contact your Representatives to sign-on to the “FY18 HPF Dear Colleague Letters”

2

Take a looks at last year’s Dear Colleague Letter. Did your Representative or Senator sign-on last year?

3

Share your advocacy and this Call to Action in your newsletters, advocacy alerts and social media pages

Ask your Member(s) of Congress to sign-on to the House FY18 HPF Letter

Representatives Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are circulating a “FY18 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague” letter in the House of Representatives.

How to Contact your Member of Congress

If you have a personal contact in your member’s Washington D.C. or District/State office please contact that person directly. If they do not handle Interior Appropriations please ask that they pass the message along to the Interior Appropriations staffer. If you don’t have a personal contact you can call the member’s DC office and ask to speak with the Interior Appropriations staffer or email your message through the “Contact” section of the member’s website. If you are emailing through the Member’s website please select “Environment” in the Message Subject drop-down menu.

House of Representatives

Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Contact your Congressman and request that he/she signs onto the FY18 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Appropriations letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). To maximize the impact of this letter we need as many Members as possible to sign. Last year 102 Representatives signed-on. House FY18 HPF Dear Colleague Appropriations (PDF) → Search for your Representative by Zip Code → 

To sign-on the letter, Member’s offices should contact either:

Jeffrey Wilson in Rep. Turner’s (R-OH) office at 202-225-6465 or jeffrey.wilson@mail.house.gov or Paul Balmer in Rep. Blumenauer’s (D-OR) office at 202-225-4811 or paul.balmer@mail.house.gov. Sign on deadline is Thursday, March 30th at 5pm (EST).

Sample Message to your Representative

I request that you sign-on to the FY18 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in support of funding for the Historic Preservation Fund. The requested amount matches the amount in the House passed fiscal year 2017 Interior budget, which includes vital funds for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and provides competitive grants to preserve and protect significant sites of the Civil Rights Movement. The Historic Preservation Fund is the single most important source of federal support for saving and protecting America’s historic resources.

Include a Local Example

In addition to the sample message above be sure to include a local example. There is no better illustration of the impact and effectiveness of the HPF than local, shining examples of the HPF at work. Every district has them – make sure your legislator is supplied with images, facts and figures about them. Your State Historic Preservation Office can help provide you the information. HPF-funded programs have established a successful set of incentives, regulations, and assistance that foster local decision making and direct private investment to maximize the viability of existing resources. Many activities are made possible by the HPF, but their effectiveness is increasingly compromised by staff layoffs, lack of funds for survey and documentation work, and frustratingly slow turn around times for reviews and certifications. Specific examples of how these programs work in your community, and illustrations of the tremendous need for such programs will help you reinforce the importance of funding for the States, Tribes and territories through the Historic Preservation Fund.

Historic Preservation Fund FAQ

When was the Historic Preservation Fund Established?

In 1976 Congress amended the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to establish the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF was created to provide a continual and constant source of funds to implement our nation’s  historic preservation program. HPF resources, which primarily flow through State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, encourage investment in historic preservation efforts and accelerate historic preservation activities at the local, state and national levels – leveraging private investment, revitalizing communities, promoting heritage tourism, and building public private partnerships.

What is the Source of Funding to the HPF?

The HPF receives its annual deposit from off shore oil lease reserves. Off-shore drilling funds our national preservation program? Here is the legislative justification: Federal lands include those on the outer continental shelf and oil companies pay for the right to drill for oil on those lands off the coast of the United States. The exploitation of one valuable resource supports investment in another. This is the thrust of the HPF – and also the Land and Water Conservation Fund after which the HPF was modeled. A share of proceeds from the consumption of one non-renewable natural resource (oil) is reinvested in our man-made historic and cultural resources.

How much is authorized annually for the Historic Preservation Fund?

From FY 1980 onward, the fund has received annual deposits of $150 million. The authorized funds deposited into the HPF are, however, subject to the appropriation process. Unexpended funds are to remain in the HPF until appropriated. The President’s Budget shows a balance of $3.28 billion.

What is the Current Level of Funding?

For fiscal year 2014, Congress provided a total of $56.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund consisting of $46.25 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.985 for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and $500,000 for a grant program for survey and nomination.

What is at Stake?

Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes the federal preservation program and by extension State and local preservation efforts. As the dollars and staff sizes shrink in the SHPOs and THPOs, difficult choices must be made. Many times there is no alternative but to realign priorities and eliminate discretionary programs – public education, support for private sector non-profits, site visits to communities and rehabilitation tax credit projects – in order to have sufficient resources to address the activities about which SHPOs have no discretion such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases. These examples illustrate the debilitating consequences of under-funding and serve to suggest the incredible advances that additional funding could secure. At a time when Americans, like never before, are searching to understand and celebrate the hallmarks of our democracy and our unique American experience, we have to hold the federal government to its responsibilities put into law decades ago.

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March 24, 2014 Action Items, All News 3 Comments Tags: Historic Preservation Fund The Historic Preservation Fund supports the work of federal and state preserv

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The Historic Preservation Fund supports the work of federal and state preservation agencies, and provides grants to bricks and mortar restoration and rehabilitation projects across the country.

Each year Preservation Action, it’s members and partners, advocate for strong funding levels. This year, thanks to the advocacy of the grassroots, 124 Members of Congress, signed-on to a Dear Collegue letter that included these strong words:

Funding these core and essential historic preservation program represents a true investment in America’s treasured legacy multiplied many times over through public-private economic partnerships and ventures. Most importantly, it would create much needed jobs and ensure the protection of historic resource nationwide that might otherwise be lost forever.

Additionally, the House and Senate Dear Colleague letters request $56.41 million, including $46.925 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.985 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and $500,000 in grants to underserved communities.

House of Representatives

Thanks to your advocacy, 104 House Representatives signed-on to the FY15 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Appropriations letter circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Rush Holt (D-NJ). That’s 12 more than last year!

Thank the Representatives that Signed-On →

House HPF Approp. FY15 Signed Letter (PDF) →

Senate

Thanks to you advocacy, 20 Senators signed-on to the FY15 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Appropriations letter circulated by Sens. Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). That’s 12 more than last year!

Senate FY15 HPF Approp. Signed Letter (PDF) →

See the Senators that have Signed-On →

Representatives who have Signed-On

List Updated March 28, 2014; Organized Alphabetically by State

Representative Name State-District
Raul Grijalva AZ-03
Jared Huffman CA-02
John Garamendi CA-03
Barbara Lee CA-13
Jackie Speier CA-14
Julia Brownley CA-26
Judy Chu CA-27
Lucille Roybal-Allard CA-40
Loretta Sanchez CA-46
Diana DeGette CO-01
Jared Polis CO-02
Ed Perlmutter CO-07
Rosa DeLauro CT-03
James A. Himes CT-04
Eleanor Holmes Norton DC
Alcee Hastings FL-20
Frederica S. Wilson FL-24
Hank Johnson GA-04
John Lewis GA-05
Madeleine Bordallo GU-AL
Dave Loebsack IA-02
Bobby L. Rush IL-01
Danny K. Davis IL-07
Tammy Duckworth IL-08
Jan Schakowsky IL-09
Cheri Bustos IL-17
Andre Carson IN-07
John A. Yarmuth KY-03
James P. McGovern MA-02
Niki Tsongas MA-03
John F. Tierney MA-06
Michael E. Cupuano MA-07
Stephen F. Lynch MA-08
William Keating MA-09
Michael Michaud ME-02
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger MD-02
John Sarbanes MD-03
Donna F. Edwards MD-04
John K. Delaney MD-06
Elijah Cummings MD-07
Chris Van Hollen MD-08
John Conyers, Jr MI-03
Daniel Kildee MI-05
Sander Levin MI-09
Gary Peters MI-14
Keith Ellison MN-05
Emanuel Cleaver MO-05
Gregorio Kilili Camancho Sablan MP-AL
G.K. Butterfield NC-01
David Price NC-04
Mike McIntyre NC-07
Carol Shea-Porter NH-01
Ann McLane Kuster NH-02
Donald M. Payne Jr NJ-06
Albio Sires NJ-08
Bill Pascrell, Jr NJ-09
Rush Holt NJ-12
Michelle Lujan Grishman NM-01
Dina Titus NV-01
Steve Israel NY-03
Carolyn McCarthy NY-04
Grace Meng NY-06
Yvette D. Clarke NY-09
Jerrold Nadler NY-10
Michael G. Grimm NY-11
Carolyn Maloney NY-12
Charles B. Rangel NY-13
Joe Crowley NY-14
Elliot L. Engel NY-16
Sean Patrick Maloney NY-18
Christopher P. Gibson NY-19
Paul D. Tonko NY-20
Bill Owens NY-21
Louise Slaughter NY-25
Brian Higgins NY-26
Joyce Beatty OH-03
Bill Johnson OH-06
Michael Turner OH-10
Marcia L. Fudge OH-11
Earl Blumenauer OR-03
Robert Brady PA-01
Chaka Fattah PA-02
Jim Gerlach PA-06
Allyson Y. Schwartz PA-13
Matt Cartwright PA-17
Pedro Pierluisi PR-AL
David Cicilline RI-01
Jim Langevin RI-02
Steve Cohen TN-09
Sheila Jackson Lee TX-18
Joaquin Castro TX-20
Marc A. Veasey TX-33
Filemon Vela TX-34
Lloyd Doggett TX-35
Robert C. “Bobby” Scott VA-03
Gerald E. Connolly VA-11
Peter Welch VT-AL
Suzan K. DelBene WA-01
Jim McDermott WA-07
Denny Heck WA-10
Mark Pocan WI-02
Ron Kind WI-03
David McKinley WV-01

Senators who have Signed-On

List Updated April 9, 2014; Organized Alphabetically by State

Senator Name Party State
Barbara Boxer D CA
Dianne Feinstein D CA
Michael Bennet D CO
Richard Blumenthal D CT
Chris Murphy D CT
Brian Schatz D HI
Tom Harkin D IA
Dick Durbin D IL
Mary Landrieu D LA
Angus King I ME
Benjamin Cardin D MD
Carl Levin D MI
Kirsten Gillibrand D NY
Sherrod Brown D OH
Ron Wyden D OR
Sheldon Whitehouse D RI
Tim Johnson D SD
Tim Kaine D VA
Patrick Leahy D VT
Bernie Sanders I VT
Tammy Baldwin D WI
Jon Manchin D WV
Jay Rockerfeller D WV

Historic Preservation Fund FAQ

When was the Historic Preservation Fund Established?

In 1976 Congress amended the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to establish the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF was created to provide a continual and constant source of funds to implement our nation’s  historic preservation program.

HPF resources, which primarily flow through State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, encourage investment in historic preservation efforts and accelerate historic preservation activities at the local, state and national levels – leveraging private investment, revitalizing communities, promoting heritage tourism, and building public private partnerships.

What is the Source of Funding to the HPF?

The HPF receives its annual deposit from off shore oil lease reserves. Off-shore drilling funds our national preservation program? Here is the legislative justification:

Federal lands include those on the outer continental shelf and oil companies pay for the right to drill for oil on those lands off the coast of the United States. The exploitation of one valuable resource supports investment in another. This is the thrust of the HPF – and also the Land and Water Conservation Fund after which the HPF was modeled. A share of proceeds from the consumption of one non-renewable natural resource (oil) is reinvested in our man-made historic and cultural resources.

How much is authorized annually for the Historic Preservation Fund?

From FY 1980 onward, the fund has received annual deposits of $150 million. The authorized funds deposited into the HPF are, however, subject to the appropriation process. Unexpended funds are to remain in the HPF until appropriated. The President’s Budget shows a balance of $3.28 billion.

What is the Current Level of Funding?

For fiscal year 2014, Congress provided a total of $56.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund consisting of $46.25 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.985 for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and $500,000 for a grant program for survey and nomination.

What is at Stake?

Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes the federal preservation program and by extension State and local preservation efforts. As the dollars and staff sizes shrink in the SHPOs and THPOs, difficult choices must be made. Many times there is no alternative but to realign priorities and eliminate discretionary programs – public education, support for private sector non-profits, site visits to communities and rehabilitation tax credit projects – in order to have sufficient resources to address the activities about which SHPOs have no discretion such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases. These examples illustrate the debilitating consequences of under-funding and serve to suggest the incredible advances that additional funding could secure. At a time when Americans,
like never before, are searching to understand and celebrate the hallmarks of our democracy and our unique American experience, we have to hold the federal government to its responsibilities put into law decades ago.

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March 16, 2016 Action Items, All News No Comments Tags: Historic Preservation Fund Congress is currently determining funding levels for the remainder of Fiscal

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Congress is currently determining funding levels for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 and to starting the process for FY18 for historic preservation. They need to hear from you right now. It is critical that all advocates of historic preservation reach out to their members of Congress to notify and urge them to sign onto the House/Senate “HPF Dear Colleague” letters which shows support for the Historic Preservation Fund.

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides vital funds for historic preservation and protection programs. This year’s House Dear Colleague letter request $83.4 million, including $47.925 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $11.985 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and $500,000 in grants to underserved communities. In addition, the request includes $13 million for competitive grants for the Civil Rights initiative, and $5 million in competitive grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This request is equal to level of funds included in the House passed FY17 Interior Appropriations bill. What’s at Stake if the HPF is Under-Funded? Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes not only our national historic preservation program, but also State and local preservation efforts. As dollars and staff sizes shrink in State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, public education and training, survey and documentation programs, and rehabilitation funding suffer in order to address the activities about which SHPOs and THPOs have no discretion – such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases.

The Senate Dear Colleague letter is still being worked on. We will share as soon as it becomes available.

Help Spread the Word!

This webpage contains information on contacting your Members of Congress, how to ask that they sign-on the HPF Dear Colleague letters, and concise information to help you make your preservation pitch. Share this web site with your members, networks, and social media friends on Facebook and Twitter.

1

Contact your Representatives to sign-on to the “FY18 HPF Dear Colleague Letters”

2

Take a looks at last year’s Dear Colleague Letter. Did your Representative or Senator sign-on last year?

3

Share your advocacy and this Call to Action in your newsletters, advocacy alerts and social media pages

Ask your Member(s) of Congress to sign-on to the House FY18 HPF Letter

Representatives Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are circulating a “FY17 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague” letter in the House of Representatives.

How to Contact your Member of Congress

If you have a personal contact in your member’s Washington D.C. or District/State office please contact that person directly. If they do not handle Interior Appropriations please ask that they pass the message along to the Interior Appropriations staffer. If you don’t have a personal contact you can call the member’s DC office and ask to speak with the Interior Appropriations staffer or email your message through the “Contact” section of the member’s website. If you are emailing through the Member’s website please select “Environment” in the Message Subject drop-down menu.

House of Representatives

Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Contact your Congressman and request that he/she signs onto the FY18 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Appropriations letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). To maximize the impact of this letter we need as many Members as possible to sign. Last year 102 Representatives signed-on.

House FY18 HPF Dear Colleague Appropriations (PDF) → Search for your Representative by Zip Code → 

To sign-on the letter, Member’s offices should contact either:

Jeffrey Wilson in Rep. Turner’s (R-OH) office at 202-225-6465 or jeffrey.wilson@mail.house.gov or Paul Balmer in Rep. Blumenauer’s (D-OR) office at 202-225-4811 or paul.balmer@mail.house.gov. Sign on deadline is Thursday, March 30th at 5pm (EST).

Sample Message to your Representative

I request that you sign-on to the FY18 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in support of funding for the Historic Preservation Fund. The requested amount matches the amount in the House passed fiscal year 2017 Interior budget, which includes vital funds for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and provides competitive grants to preserve and protect significant sites of the Civil Rights Movement. The Historic Preservation Fund is the single most important source of federal support for saving and protecting America’s historic resources.

 

Include a Local Example

In addition to the sample message above be sure to include a local example. There is no better illustration of the impact and effectiveness of the HPF than local, shining examples of the HPF at work. Every district has them – make sure your legislator is supplied with images, facts and figures about them. Your State Historic Preservation Office can help provide you the information. HPF-funded programs have established a successful set of incentives, regulations, and assistance that foster local decision making and direct private investment to maximize the viability of existing resources. Many activities are made possible by the HPF, but their effectiveness is increasingly compromised by staff layoffs, lack of funds for survey and documentation work, and frustratingly slow turn around times for reviews and certifications. Specific examples of how these programs work in your community, and illustrations of the tremendous need for such programs will help you reinforce the importance of funding for the States, Tribes and territories through the Historic Preservation Fund.

Historic Preservation Fund FAQ

When was the Historic Preservation Fund Established?

In 1976 Congress amended the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to establish the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF was created to provide a continual and constant source of funds to implement our nation’s  historic preservation program. HPF resources, which primarily flow through State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, encourage investment in historic preservation efforts and accelerate historic preservation activities at the local, state and national levels – leveraging private investment, revitalizing communities, promoting heritage tourism, and building public private partnerships.

What is the Source of Funding to the HPF?

The HPF receives its annual deposit from off shore oil lease reserves. Off-shore drilling funds our national preservation program? Here is the legislative justification: Federal lands include those on the outer continental shelf and oil companies pay for the right to drill for oil on those lands off the coast of the United States. The exploitation of one valuable resource supports investment in another. This is the thrust of the HPF – and also the Land and Water Conservation Fund after which the HPF was modeled. A share of proceeds from the consumption of one non-renewable natural resource (oil) is reinvested in our man-made historic and cultural resources.

How much is authorized annually for the Historic Preservation Fund?

From FY 1980 onward, the fund has received annual deposits of $150 million. The authorized funds deposited into the HPF are, however, subject to the appropriation process. Unexpended funds are to remain in the HPF until appropriated. The President’s Budget shows a balance of $3.28 billion.

What is the Current Level of Funding?

For fiscal year 2014, Congress provided a total of $56.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund consisting of $46.25 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.985 for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and $500,000 for a grant program for survey and nomination.

What is at Stake?

Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes the federal preservation program and by extension State and local preservation efforts. As the dollars and staff sizes shrink in the SHPOs and THPOs, difficult choices must be made. Many times there is no alternative but to realign priorities and eliminate discretionary programs – public education, support for private sector non-profits, site visits to communities and rehabilitation tax credit projects – in order to have sufficient resources to address the activities about which SHPOs have no discretion such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases. These examples illustrate the debilitating consequences of under-funding and serve to suggest the incredible advances that additional funding could secure. At a time when Americans, like never before, are searching to understand and celebrate the hallmarks of our democracy and our unique American experience, we have to hold the federal government to its responsibilities put into law decades ago.

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Contact your Senators and their Staff to ask them to sign-on today! Deadline: April 25, 2013.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), have drafted a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee which requests $58.91 million in historic preservation program funding (via the Historic Preservation Fund) for FY14. It is our duty to ensure as many Senators as possible sign-on to the letter.

Download the Letter

See below for an updated list of signers. Anyone wishing to sign on to the letter can contact Jodi Schwartz at Jodi_Schwartz@cardin.senate.gov or Jon Cardinal at jon_cardinal@gillibrand.senate.gov.

Maintaining and increasing funding from the Historic Preservation Program was one of our member’s top priorities, see our resources on the subject here and consult our Action Center for recommendations for contacting your representatives.

So far, the following members have signed on:

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MN)
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

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Preservation Community Testifies Before Appropriations Subcommittee

This week Preservation Action attended the House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee public testimony hearings. While we will submit written testimony to the Subcommittee, the preservation community was represented at the hearings by NCHSPO and the National Trust. Testifying for NCSHPO was their Deputy Director, Elizabeth Hughes. “Historic Preservation recognizes that what was common and ordinary in the past is often rare and precious today, and what is common and ordinary today may be extraordinary – fifty, one hundred years from now,” said Hughes.

Also pointed out to the subcommittee were some preservation successes from the past year. Among these were $3.15 billion in private investment through the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HTC) and 6,366 low and moderate income housing units through the HTC. This year’s request to the committee is $50 million for SHPOs and $10 million for SHPOs, in addition to the $3 million proposed in the President’s budget for underrepresented communities. Preservation Action continues to monitor the appropriations process in both houses of Congress and will alert our members to any news on our issues.

Senate Funding Request Letter Released, Signatures Needed!

Preservation Action needs YOUR help to get Senators to sign on to this year’s Dear Colleague letter. We had great success with our House letter, having gotten 92 signatures in a very short amount of time! We’re hoping to duplicate that success in the Senate. This year’s letter is again being lead by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). We have a very limited amount of time get signatures—our deadline is Thursday April 25th! We need your help and we need it fast! You can view the letter by clicking here. The Senate letter this year requests $46.925 million for SHPOs, $8.985 million for THPOs, and the additional $3 million for competitive grants to survey and identify historic resources important to underrepresented communities. Anyone wishing to sign on to the letter can contact Jodi Schwartz at Jodi_Schwartz@cardin.senate.gov or Jon Cardinal at jon_cardinal@gillibrand.senate.gov. As always if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Preservation Action staff!

Nominations for Historic Rehabilitation Awards Needed

Novogradac & Company LLP, a certified public accounting firm that deals extensively with the Historic Tax Credit, announced this week that they are accepting nominations for their 2013 Historic Rehabilitation Awards. The awards will be given out on September 19th and the deadline for submitting a nomination is June 19th, 2013. For more information, including how to submit a nomination , visit http://www.novoco.com/historic/awards/index.php.

 

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 18, Number 2, January 16, 2015 →

Military LAND Act Reintroduced in the House

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) once again introduced the Military LAND Act , as H.R 135, at the very beginning of the 114th congress. The bill was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.

Rep. Issa introduced this bill in the previous congress and was successful in including the legislation in the National Defense and Authorization Act  (NDAA) passed by the House last May. However, thanks to advocacy of our members, partner organizations, and partners in the House and Senate, the final version of the NDAA, passed by Congress and signed by the president in December, did not include the Military LAND Act.

The Military LAND Act, reintroduced by Rep. Issa, would amend the National Historic Preservation Act to provide that if the head of the agency managing Federal property objects to the inclusion of certain property on the National Register or its designation as a National Historic Landmark for reasons of national security, the Federal property shall be neither included nor designated until the objection is withdrawn, and for other purposes.

Preservation Action believes this bill is harmful, unnecessary and undermines historic preservation. During consideration by the House Natural Resources Committee of last year’s bill, the Department of Defense and National Park Service testified against the bill.

We need your help to stop this bill, before it gains any traction. Stop Congress from taking steps to undermine historic preservation. Please write members of the House Natural Resources Committee and ask them to oppose this harmful bill.
House Natural Resources Committee- 114th Congress

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Sample Letter

January 16, 2015

Dear (Representative Name):

I am deeply concerned with H.R. 135, the Military LAND Act. This bill would amend the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 to allow federal agencies to block and rescind the listing of federal properties on the National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmarks and on the World Heritage List for national security reasons. H.R. 135 wrongly raises alarm that designation of historic sites weakens the authority of federal agencies to protect our national security. There is nothing that imposes any legal constraint on federal agencies to protect the interests of national security.

In addition, the bill creates a new requirement of Congressional review that could unfairly politicize the process of evaluating historic significance which has existed without issue for the past nearly 50 years.

The NHPA provides the direction and tools to protect our historic resources and, importantly, sets up a clear process of consideration of our historic heritage. Federal, state, and local governments use the NHPA to identify, preserve and protect our historical, architectural, archeological and cultural resources. The National Register of Historic Places is currently comprised of more than 88,000 listings. Listing a property or determining the eligibility of a property for the National Register does not limit a federal agency’s authority.

Please do not undermine our nation’s historic preservation. I ask you to oppose H.R. 135 and any provisions that would weaken the NHPA.

Regards,

(Your Name)

National Trust Now Accepting Nominations for America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting nominations  for 2015 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List. Since 1988 the National Trust has used the list to raise awareness of threats to some of America’s greatest national treasures. Since then, the list has brought national attention to over 250 historic sites.

If you know a significant historic site facing immediate threats, consider nominating it for America’s 11 Most Endangered List. The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2015

Protect the Missouri Historic Tax Credit

The 2015 legislative session just began in Missouri and once again the Missouri Historic Tax Credit could be at risk of being cut. In 2009 the Missouri State Legislature instituted a cap of $140 million on the program and have attempted to further weaken the program every year since. In 2014 Missouri hit that cap, and is expected to exceed that cap in 2015. Missouri’s HTC program is estimated to have leveraged $7.5 billion since it’s inception in 1998. A further reduction in Missouri’s HTC cap would impact the overall effectiveness of the program.

The Missouri Historic Revitalization Alliance is encouraging residents to show they’re support of the HTC early and often. Find your Missouri House and Senate members and tell them to support the Missouri Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Also join them for Preservation Day on Feb. 11th at the Missouri State Capital, to show support for the Missouri HTC!

 Start Planning for Advocacy Week 2015

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Advocacy Week is just around the corner. Join Preservation Action as we storm the Hill! Start making your plans to attend Advocacy Week today.

National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week will be held March 1-4, 2015 at the Fairfax on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. Our room block is already available; call 888-627-8439 to make reservations and use group code 7266.

Preliminary Schedule:

  • Briefings & Training Hill Meetings
  • PA Congressional Reception
  • PA Board Meeting
  • NCSHPO Reception & Banquet
  • NCSHPO Annual Meeting

 

If your organization would like to hold briefings or meetings coinciding with Advocacy Week, please contact 202-624-5465.

Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) organize our industry’s Advocacy Week each year, bringing over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.

Help us spread the word!

Advocacy Week 2015 Save the Date (PDF) →

Legislative Efforts from Around the States

Maryland: Preservation Maryland’s 2015 State Preservation Platform

New York: PLNYS: A Look Ahead to New York’s 2015 Preservation Issues

Stories from Around the States

North Carolina:N.C Department of Cultural Resources Issues Historic Preservation Tax Credit Alert

Wisconsin:Wisconsin Historic Tax Credits are Boosting Affordable Housing Projects

District of Columbia: At the Lincoln Cottage, 3-D Imaging is Preserving Every Bit and Byte of History

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December 4, 2013 Action Items, All News 1 Comment Tags: Grassroots Survey Your agenda is our agenda. Preservation Action started asking the grassroots about th

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Your agenda is our agenda. Preservation Action started asking the grassroots about their preservation priorities in 2005, so that we can develop and implement the most relevant legislative strategy addressing our member’s biggest issues each year.

Our 2014 Grassroots Survey is available online for you to complete; this 13 question survey can be completed in 10-15 minutes and it provides the necessary state and local insight to drive our agenda in the year to come.

We know that this survey will reach a diverse group of preservationists; government employees, architects, lawyers, and students. All voices are welcome and your responses are anonymous, so please share this survey with your networks after completing it yourself.

Take the 2014 Grassroots Survey →

Results of the 2013 Survey

Preservationists were first asked to pick their most important preservation policy issue. Here are the results:
  • Funding of the Historic Preservation Fund – 28.9%
  • Preserving the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit – 19.8%
  • Improving the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit – 14.9%
  • Improving the Visibility and Effectiveness of the Federal Historic Preservation Program – 14%
Preservationists were then asked to rank twelve preservation legislative agenda items in order of importance. Here are the results:
  • Protecting the Federal Historic Tax Credit
  • Funding for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
  • Improving/Enhancing the Historic Tax Credit
  • Pressure to Bypass or Weaken Preservation Laws (“Streamlining”)
  • Challenges of a Growing Tribal Historic Preservation Program
  • Brick and Mortar Funding Opportunities
  • Funding for Public Lands and Battlefields
  • Sustainability and Energy Efficiency
  • Implementation of New Transportation Law
  • National Heritage Area Funding/Program Language
  • Increasing Diversity in Preservation
  • Funding for Disaster Recovery

Past Priorities and Survey Results

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Comments to FCC on Small Cell Wireless Infrastructure on Historic Buildings close Monday, February 3

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment on review procedures of the installation of DAS (distributed antenna systems) and small cell wireless infrastructure [DAS/small cells] related to NEPA, Section 106 and review coordination that might be needed with ACHP, NCSHPO and tribal organizations.

In a report commissioned by the Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA), NCSHPO members responding to a survey expressed a range of opinions. Concluding that this infrastructure is not the same as large cell towers and antennas, some noted that the DSA/small cells were in fact smaller than typically reviewed infrastructure but that it may add to visual clutter. Read the report

While these DAS/small cell are certainly smaller, it is critical to tell the FCC that is is important that agencies maintain their authority and ability to review in these types of installations.

For more information;

Official Federal Register Docket →
Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (Biggert-Waters) heading to the Senate
Preservation Action is monitoring US Senate movement on the Flood Insurance bill. Last week, the Senate voted 86-13 to invoke cloture on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which allows the bill to be brought up for consideration by the Senate. Now, that we know the bill will go to the Floor, we are tracking amendments. A vote on final passage is expected later this week.
Yesterday evening, the White House released a Statement of Administration Policy on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act to convey its position on a piece of legislation. Unfortunately, the SAP does not read strongly in our favor. Read the Administration’s position →
At this juncture, it is important to share your state concerns with your Senators. Let them know the it is important to not take any action that would increase insurance rates to properties in coastal areas that may be impacted by floods.
Advocacy resources;

Example Letter by Greater New Orleans, Inc

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Volume 16, Number 51, December 27, 2013 →

President Signs Budget Bill

President Obama signed the bipartisan budget bill which eases sequestration cuts over the next two years – restoring about $63 billion in federal spending.

The Senate approved the spending measure last week, following House passage. The bill ends what has been a stand off between Congress and the White House and prevents another government shutdown.

Write Congress to Support Historic Preservation Funding

Congress is in recess until January. In the meantime, House and Senate leaders and appropriators continue to work on numbers for Appropriations Committee bills for the FY 2014 budget. Congress must act on an omnibus budget bill by the January 15th deadline. Preservation Action and preservationists continue to reach out to Congress and urge support of historic preservation funding. Attached is a letter signed by the preservation community urging appropriators to support $58 million for the Historic Preservation Fund and additional grants for preservation.

Our Letter to the Senate 

Our Letter to the House 

Preservation Action must continue to urge Congress to support adequate funding for historic preservation. Write appropriators and your Member of Congress. Attached is a sample letter to write Congress and urge their support. Also include any information and examples of successful programs in your state or local community that demonstrate the power and impact of federal funds at work.

Sample Letter to Congress; Copy, Paste, Personalize, Send! 

The 113th Congress to Return in January

The U.S. Senate reconvenes in the second session of the 113th Congress on January 6th. The U.S. House of Representatives reconvenes on January 7th. The most critical issue on the legislative agenda for the start of this session of Congress is the January 15th budget deadline and completion of an omnibus budget bill.

Both houses of Congress will have District work periods during the week of January 20th.

In addition, the January Congressional Calendar includes the annual State of the Union Presidential Address. House Speaker Boehner invited President Obama to Congress for the annual State of the Union address on January 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm et.

Respond to PA Legislative Agenda Survey by January 6th

Preservation Action needs your input to shape our legislative priorities for 2014. We want to hear the issues and concerns that are impacting preservation in your local communities and states as we develop and execute the most effective legislative strategies and roll-out.

Take the 10 Minute Survey Now! 

The 2014 Grassroots Survey is now available online. Your responses provide the critical state and local insight needed to drive our historic preservation agenda. All voices, concerns and suggestions are welcome and all responses will remain anonymous. Please feel free to share the survey with your networks. We look forward to reading and implementing your responses!

Welcome PA Intern, Kayla Calloway, former Press Fellow of Sen. Isakson

preservation-action-intern-kayla-callowayKayla Calloway joins Preservation Action as a Media and Policy Intern. During the three-month internship, she will work with Preservation Action on communications, media relations for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, and monitoring policy issues as part of Preservation Action’s weekly Legislative Update.

As a Press Fellow in the U.S. Senate to Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, she drafted press materials, performed legislative research and coordinated radio interviews. While Kayla has a varied PR/communications background, she was drawn to Preservation Action because of her strong interest in grassroots membership organizations and a deep personal commitment to nonprofit, community-based activities.

Learn more about Kayla 

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 16, Number 44, November 8, 2013 →

Biggert-Waters: Preservation Action Needs You to Contact Your Members of Congress

If your member has not already signed on as supporter of the amendment to fix flood insurance reform legislation known as Biggert-Waters, contact them today. 

Preservation Action members brought to our attention that, as a result of legislation passed in the last Congress known as Biggert-Waters, there are significant increases in flood insurance rates set to take effect for many residents in coastal areas. As a result of hearing from our members, Preservation Action staff worked with a national coalition to temporarily halt these hikes until FEMA completes the studies it is required by Biggert-Waters to do.

We are very happy to report that a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the House have reached an agreement that will help owners of historic properties in flood-prone areas that have been facing severe hikes in their flood insurance rates. 

We need our members to take immediate action to contact your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this important bill. Specifically, the bill does the following:

  • Imposes a delay likely to total four years for the most vulnerable properties, by delaying implementation of rate increases until two years after FEMA completes an affordability study, which was mandated in Biggert-Waters but not undertaken. FEMA has estimated it will take 2 years to complete the affordability study. It would then take up to an additional 2 years for FEMA to submit an affordability framework to Congress and for Congress to review the framework. This means rate increases would be delayed for 4 years in total. The delay applies to: primary, non-repetitive loss residences that are currently grandfathered; all properties sold after July 6, 2012; and all properties that purchased a new policy after July 6, 2012.
  • Requires FEMA to propose an affordability framework that addresses the identified affordability issues within 18 months after the completion of the study and provides 6 months for Congressional review.
  • Protects the so-called “basement exception,” which allows the lowest proofed opening in a home to be used for determining flood insurance rates.
  • Requires FEMA to certify that the agency has fully adopted a modernized risk-based approach to analyzing flood risk.

 

If your Representative would like to cosponsor the legislation, please have them contact Richard Hoffmann in Rep. Grimm’s office at richard.hoffman@mail.house.gov, Lisa Lederberger with the Committee on Financial Services at lisa.lederberger@mail.house.gov, or Zach Butterworth in Rep. Richmond’s office at zach.butterworth@mail.house.gov.

As of this post, the current co-sponsors include the following House members:

Andrews, Robert
Boustany, Charles
Brown, Corrine
Buchanan, Vern
Carney, John
Cassidy, Bill
Castor, Kathy
Cleaver, Emmanuel
Cramer, Kevin
Crowley, Joseph
Culberson, John
Davis, Rodney
Deutch, Ted
Diaz-Balart, Mario
Ellison, Keith
Ellmers, Renee
Enyart, William
Frankel, Lois
Garamendi, John
Garcia, Joe
Green, Gene
Grimm, Michael
Hinojosa, Reuben
Jackson Lee, Shelia
Jeffries, Hakeem
Jones, Walter
Keating, William
King, Peter
Lacy Clay, William
Langevin, James
LoBiondo, Frank
Lynch, Stephen
Maloney, Carolyn
Matsui, Doris
McCarthy, Carolyn
McIntyre, Mike
McNerney, Jerry
Meeks, Gregory
Moore, Gwen
Murphy, Patrick
Nadler, Jerrold
Nugent, Richard
Olson, Pete
Palazzo, Steven
Pascrell, Bill
Perlmutter, Ed
Pingree, Chelie
Richmond, Cedric
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana
Scalise, Steve
Schakowsky, Jan
Scott, Bobby
Scott, David
Stockman, Steve
Thompson, Glenn
Tierney, John
Tsongas, Niki
Velazquez, Nydia
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Waters, Maxine
Welch, Peter
Whitfield, Ed
Wilson, Frederica
Vela, Filemon

For an official list, see this Thomas entry →

NPS Recommends Adding Cesar Chavez Park Including Sites in California and Arizona

At the end of last month, the National Park Service recommended to Congress the creation of a historic park to honor Cesar Chavez, a key figure in the farm labor movement. The recommendation comes after a study, commissioned by Congress in 2008, to review the sites that are significant to Chavez’s life and the farm labor movement. “César Chávez was at the epicenter of some of the most significant achievements of the Civil Rights and labor movements in our nation’s history and through his leadership, farmworkers achieved unprecedented labor, political and social gains,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said. “Recognizing these sites associated with his leadership of the United Farm Workers as part of a national historical park will ensure that his contributions to the Civil Rights movement will be preserved and shared as an inspiration for future generations.”

The sites that the Park Service recommended include:

• Forty Acres national Landmark—Delano, CA;
• Filipino community Hall—Delano, CA;
• Cesar Chavez National Monument at Nuestra Senora de la Paz—Keene, CA;
• the Santa Rita Center—Phoenix, AZ, and
• the route of the 1966 Delano to Sacramento march.

To read the full release from the National Park Service, click here.

Budget Committees Set Next Joint Meeting

Under terms of the deal reached in Congress to increase the debt-ceiling and fund the government through January 15, 2013, the House and Senate Budget Committees are tasked with designing a budget that will carry the government through the rest of the year. The two Chairs, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), along with the conference committee members met for the first time over breakfast on October 30th to begin hashing out a deal. The conference committee, totaling 29 members, plans to meet again on November 13, 2013. They face a December 15th deadline of designing a plan that can pass both houses of Congress. Preservation Action is monitoring the Budget Committee discussions and their impact on funding of the Historic Preservation Fund.

Coburn Releases Report Critical of National Parks & National Heritage Areas

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report last week entitled “PARKED! How Congress’ Misplaced Priorities are Trashing Our National Treasures.” You can read the report here.

We’re Back from the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis

Our staff and many board members participated in the National Preservation Conference last week in Indianapolis; it was a great opportunity for everyone to meet our new President Darlene Taylor, staff John LaRue and Meagan Baco presented on legislative and advocacy projects, and we hosted a great auction for the Preservation Action Foundation with Indiana Landmarks. Read our recap here.

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Last Chance auction items are perfect for holidays gifts to friends, family, and yourself! We have travel packages to DC, Detroit and more. See all items here! → Our annual auction is Preservation Action Foundation’s largest fundraiser and we app

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Last Chance auction items are perfect for holidays gifts to friends, family, and yourself! We have travel packages to DC, Detroit and more. See all items here! →
Our annual auction is Preservation Action Foundation’s largest fundraiser and we appreciate your support this year in Savannah.  The dollars in auction funds raised go to support the mission of the Preservation Action Foundation.

The proceeds from this event are used to assist in education and training, advocacy for preservation policy, and programs such as the Preservation Action Foundation’s Advocacy Scholars throughout the United States. Our most visible contributions to preservation advocacy are; a weekly Legislative Update, organizing National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, and Advocacy Scholars. The Preservation Action Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity; your prize donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

Auction Sponsors

  • A. Roy Smith
  • Yolita Rausche
  • Michael Holleran
  • Peg Breen
  • Jenny Spreitzer
  • Philip Thomason
  • Trisha Logan<br>

Auction Donors

    Adventures in Preservation
    Alta Club
    Antrium 1844 Country House Hotel
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
    Brenda Barrett
    Buffalo Heritage Unlimited
    C&O Canal Trust
    Callenwolde Fine Arts Center
    Columbia Gorge Hotel
    Cincinnati Museum Center
    City of Alexandria
    Cleveland Restoration Society
    Downtown Cultural Pass
    Foundation for Historical Louisiana
    Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
    Fox Theatre
    Hillwood Estate
    Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
    Historic Richmond
    Historic Urban Plans, Inc
    Histpres
    Hotel Monaco Alexandria
    Jekyll Island Club Hotel
    Ladew Topiary Gardens
    Landmark Society of Western New York
    Linden Row Inn
    Lord Baltimore Hotel
    Marlene Richardson
    Melrose Plantation
    Metropolitan Hotel at the 9
    Michigan Historic Preservation Network
    Nancy Finegood
    National Preservation Institute
    New York Landmarks Conservancy
    Oheka Castle
    Oregon Historical Society
    Palmer Hotel Chicago
    Penny Jones
    Preservation Arlington
    Preservation Maryland
    Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
    President Lincoln’s Cottage
    Restore Oregon
    San Antonio Conservation Society
    Second Generation Theatre
    Skyscraper Museum
    Society of Architectural Historians
    The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union
    Tom Moriarty
    Utah Heritage Foundation
    West Baden Springs Hotel
    Westin Book Cadellac Hotel
    Woolworth Tours
    Woolly Mammoth Theatre
    Yolita Rausche

    Questions?

    Call 202-463-0970 or email foundation@preservationaction.org.

    Last Chance Auction Items

    Some great travel packages, experiences and items remain from our Auction this year! These are perfect last-minute holiday gifts for your family, friends, colleagues – or even a treat for yourself! If you have any questions, call 202-463-0970. To purchase an item, click the Bid button below the package you want. Enter the minimum bid – and off you go (to a secure credit card processing page)! We will mail these out to you ASAP, if you need them by a certain date, please call 202-463-0970.

    Select the Auction item you are interested in from the dropdown menu below, then off you go to a secure donation page to the Preservation Action Foundation. If you’d like to pay by check, please call 202-463-0970.

    Richmond: Rich in History – Sold!
    Lustron Home Panel – Sold!

    Choose your Auction Item
    Adventures in Preservatio $360Lustron House Panel $250Michigan Milestones $222Not DC As Usual $495Richmond Package $200

     

    Not D.C. As Usual

    Value: $1100/Bid: $495
    Donors: Tom Moriarty of Retail Development Strategies, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and The Hillwood Estate

    If you’re a DC area resident, or just want to experience a rare and new side of the Capital, this package is for you!

    DarthVader1Let Preservation Action Foundation Chairman, Tom Moriarity, take you on a personal tour of Washington, DC, exploring Capitol Hill, Georgetown, the National Cathedral and several neighborhoods, on a combined  driving/walking tour to include lunch and all needed admissions. A priceless experience!

    Visit “Where Fabulous Lives,” The Hillwood Estate, that features a Georgian mansion with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands.

    Take in contemporary theatre thanks to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company offering two tickets to the 2014-2015 season.

    Michigan Milestones

    Value: $495/Bid: $222
    Donors: Michigan Historic Preservation Network, The Inn on Ferry Street

    848357_24_bThe Michigan Historic Preservation Network invites you as their guest to their annual conference during National Preservation Month, in Midland, MI on May 14-16, 2015. Enjoy also a one-year membership and mug.

    Spend the night in Detroit  at the Inn on Ferry Street in Detroit in a Queen Deluxe. Included in the overnight stay is Breakfast in the Scott House, WIFI, parking and Shuttle Service anyways within a five mile radius of the inn. Based on availability.

    FYI – Midland and Detroit around less than two-hours away from each other.

    Adventures in Preservation

    Value: $800/Bid: $360
    Donors:
    Adventures in Preservation

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAiP envisions a world where people use, understand, and appreciate historic buildings that are vital to economic and environmental sustainability and preserve cultural identity.

    Adventures in Preservation is offering one spot in the “Linking Archaeology with Preservation at Fairfield Plantation” adventure in Glouster, VA, either June 7-13, 2015 or August 16-22, 2015. This registration includes home-stay lodging, breakfasts and lunches, field trips, and training and materials. Transportation not included.

     


    Richmond: Rich in History

    Value: $444/Bid: $200
    Donors: 
    The Linden Row Inn, Historic Richmond

    day-linden_row_innLinden Row Inn was lovingly restored in 1988 as a full-service Inn. The original architecture was meticulously maintained and most of the rooms are furnished with authentic antique pieces from the middle and late 1800’s. Today, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is managed by Savara Properties Inc. The property is regarded as the nation’s best surviving row of Greek revival architecture. Enjoy a one-night stay.

    Historic Richmond, instrumental in the restoration of Linden Row Inn, invites you to a private tour of Monumental Church, ca. 1814 and designed by Robert Mills, and two Quiot Club memberships, which provides access to monthly gatherings at unique locations for behind-the-scenes tours and includes drinks and hors d’oeuvers.

    Liden Row Inn expires November 11, 2015. Historic Richmond offerings to be coordinated directly with winner. 

    Luston Home Panel

    PAF's Pastfinder Auction

    Value: $500/Bid: $250
    Donors: 
    Preservation Arlington

    Truly for the preservationists or modernist who has everything – except for this!

    Arlington, VA boosted a dozen Lustron mid-century pre-fab houses but has lost several to demolitions and tear-downs. Preservation Arlington preserved individual home panels from this loss and donated this priceless item! It makes a terrific magnetic bulletin board, office art work, and a reminder of the recent past. Measures 2 feet by 2 feet.

    Preservation Action Foundation Benefit Auction

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    Last Chance auction items are perfect for holidays gifts to friends, family, and yourself! We have travel packages to DC, Detroit and more. See all items here! →
    Our annual auction is Preservation Action Foundation’s largest fundraiser and we appreciate your support this year in Savannah.  The dollars in auction funds raised go to support the mission of the Preservation Action Foundation.

    The proceeds from this event are used to assist in education and training, advocacy for preservation policy, and programs such as the Preservation Action Foundation’s Advocacy Scholars throughout the United States. Our most visible contributions to preservation advocacy are; a weekly Legislative Update, organizing National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, and Advocacy Scholars. The Preservation Action Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity; your prize donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

     

    Auction Sponsors

    • A. Roy Smith
    • Yolita Rausche
    • Michael Holleran
    • Peg Breen
    • Jenny Spreitzer
    • Philip Thomason
    • Trisha Logan<br>

    Auction Donors

      Adventures in Preservation
      Alta Club
      Antrium 1844 Country House Hotel
      Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
      Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
      Brenda Barrett
      Buffalo Heritage Unlimited
      C&O Canal Trust
      Callenwolde Fine Arts Center
      Columbia Gorge Hotel
      Cincinnati Museum Center
      City of Alexandria
      Cleveland Restoration Society
      Downtown Cultural Pass
      Foundation for Historical Louisiana
      Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
      Fox Theatre
      Hillwood Estate
      Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
      Historic Richmond
      Historic Urban Plans, Inc
      Histpres
      Hotel Monaco Alexandria
      Jekyll Island Club Hotel
      Ladew Topiary Gardens
      Landmark Society of Western New York
      Linden Row Inn
      Lord Baltimore Hotel
      Marlene Richardson
      Melrose Plantation
      Metropolitan Hotel at the 9
      Michigan Historic Preservation Network
      Nancy Finegood
      National Preservation Institute
      New York Landmarks Conservancy
      Oheka Castle
      Oregon Historical Society
      Palmer Hotel Chicago
      Penny Jones
      Preservation Arlington
      Preservation Maryland
      Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
      President Lincoln’s Cottage
      Restore Oregon
      San Antonio Conservation Society
      Second Generation Theatre
      Skyscraper Museum
      Society of Architectural Historians
      The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union
      Tom Moriarty
      Utah Heritage Foundation
      West Baden Springs Hotel
      Westin Book Cadellac Hotel
      Woolworth Tours
      Woolly Mammoth Theatre
      Yolita Rausche

      Questions?

      Call 202-463-0970 or email foundation@preservationaction.org.

      Last Chance Auction Items

      Some great travel packages, experiences and items remain from our Auction this year! These are perfect last-minute holiday gifts for your family, friends, colleagues – or even a treat for yourself! If you have any questions, call 202-463-0970. To purchase an item, click the Bid button below the package you want. Enter the minimum bid – and off you go (to a secure credit card processing page)! We will mail these out to you ASAP, if you need them by a certain date, please call 202-463-0970.

      Select the Auction item you are interested in from the dropdown menu below, then off you go to a secure donation page to the Preservation Action Foundation. If you’d like to pay by check, please call 202-463-0970.

      Richmond: Rich in History – Sold!
      Lustron Home Panel – Sold!

      Choose your Auction Item
      Adventures in Preservatio $360Lustron House Panel $250Michigan Milestones $222Not DC As Usual $495Richmond Package $200

       

      Not D.C. As Usual

      Value: $1100/Bid: $495
      Donors: Tom Moriarty of Retail Development Strategies, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and The Hillwood Estate

      If you’re a DC area resident, or just want to experience a rare and new side of the Capital, this package is for you!

      DarthVader1Let Preservation Action Foundation Chairman, Tom Moriarity, take you on a personal tour of Washington, DC, exploring Capitol Hill, Georgetown, the National Cathedral and several neighborhoods, on a combined  driving/walking tour to include lunch and all needed admissions. A priceless experience!

      Visit “Where Fabulous Lives,” The Hillwood Estate, that features a Georgian mansion with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands.

      Take in contemporary theatre thanks to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company offering two tickets to the 2014-2015 season.

      Michigan Milestones

      Value: $495/Bid: $222
      Donors: Michigan Historic Preservation Network, The Inn on Ferry Street

      848357_24_bThe Michigan Historic Preservation Network invites you as their guest to their annual conference during National Preservation Month, in Midland, MI on May 14-16, 2015. Enjoy also a one-year membership and mug.

      Spend the night in Detroit  at the Inn on Ferry Street in Detroit in a Queen Deluxe. Included in the overnight stay is Breakfast in the Scott House, WIFI, parking and Shuttle Service anyways within a five mile radius of the inn. Based on availability.

      FYI – Midland and Detroit around less than two-hours away from each other.

      Adventures in Preservation

      Value: $800/Bid: $360
      Donors:
      Adventures in Preservation

      OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAiP envisions a world where people use, understand, and appreciate historic buildings that are vital to economic and environmental sustainability and preserve cultural identity.

      Adventures in Preservation is offering one spot in the “Linking Archaeology with Preservation at Fairfield Plantation” adventure in Glouster, VA, either June 7-13, 2015 or August 16-22, 2015. This registration includes home-stay lodging, breakfasts and lunches, field trips, and training and materials. Transportation not included.

       


      Richmond: Rich in History

      Value: $444/Bid: $200
      Donors: 
      The Linden Row Inn, Historic Richmond

      day-linden_row_innLinden Row Inn was lovingly restored in 1988 as a full-service Inn. The original architecture was meticulously maintained and most of the rooms are furnished with authentic antique pieces from the middle and late 1800’s. Today, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is managed by Savara Properties Inc. The property is regarded as the nation’s best surviving row of Greek revival architecture. Enjoy a one-night stay.

      Historic Richmond, instrumental in the restoration of Linden Row Inn, invites you to a private tour of Monumental Church, ca. 1814 and designed by Robert Mills, and two Quiot Club memberships, which provides access to monthly gatherings at unique locations for behind-the-scenes tours and includes drinks and hors d’oeuvers.

      Liden Row Inn expires November 11, 2015. Historic Richmond offerings to be coordinated directly with winner. 

      Luston Home Panel

      PAF's Pastfinder Auction

      Value: $500/Bid: $250
      Donors: 
      Preservation Arlington

      Truly for the preservationists or modernist who has everything – except for this!

      Arlington, VA boosted a dozen Lustron mid-century pre-fab houses but has lost several to demolitions and tear-downs. Preservation Arlington preserved individual home panels from this loss and donated this priceless item! It makes a terrific magnetic bulletin board, office art work, and a reminder of the recent past. Measures 2 feet by 2 feet.

      May 8, 2015 Action Items, All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Appropriations, Budget, Historic Preservation Fund, Historic Tax Credits, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Preservation Month, Tennessee, Texas

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      Preservation Action, Legislative Update
      Volume 18, Number 17, May 08, 2015 →

      FY16 Appropriations Update- Continue to Advocate for HPF Funding

      The United States House and Senate recently passed the FY 2016 Budget Agreement, which sets the budget for all discretionary spending. From that, the House Appropriations Committee passed subcommittee appropriation allocations for FY 2016, also known as 302(b) allocations. This amount sets the spending limit for each of the 12 appropriations bills. The limit for the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies was set at $30.17 billion, nearly $2 billion below the President’s request and less than FY15 enacted levels of $30.4 billion. This means that the National Park Service and historic preservation programs, like the Historic Preservation Fund, will have a smaller pool from which funding will be allocated.

      The House Appropriation Subcommittees have started working on the 12 appropriations bills, 2 of which have already passed the full House. We expect the mark-up of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which will determine funding for historic preservation programs, sometime in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to pass subcommittee allocations soon and begin their work on the 12 appropriation bills.

      Given this year’s budget constraints, it is absolutely critical preservationists continue to advocate for historic preservation programs. Contact your members of Congress, tell them to support economic development, job creation and our national heritage by supporting the the Historic Preservation Fund. We urge Congress to support the following levels of funding $60 million for State Historic Preservation Officers, $15 million for  Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, $500,000 in grants for underrepresented communities, $30 million for the civil rights initiative competitive grant program and $2.5 million in competitive grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

      Particularly, we ask that you reach out to members of the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee (listed below). We already put together a sample letter for you, just copy, past, personalize and send!

      House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee Members

      Sample Letter to Congress; Copy, Paste, Personalize, Send! 

      San Antonio Missions Moves One Step Closer to World Heritage Designation

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      Mission Concepción, ca. 1731, one of five Franciscan Missions of the National Historical Park and World Heritage List nomination. Photo by Meagan Baco.

      The San Antonio Missions site moves a step closer to designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The San Antonio Missions, which encompasses 5 mission complexes including the Alamo in San Antonio Texas, received a positive recommendation from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The World Heritage Committee will review the San Antonio Missions nomination and the recommendation from ICOMOS. They are expected to make a final decision on inscription in July.

      Situated on the San Antonio River, these 5 Spanish colonial mission complexes, are the most complete and most intact example of the Spanish Crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize, and defend Spain’s northern frontier in the new world.

      The San Antonio Missions were nominated for the World Heritage List in 2014. If approved for inscription, they would become the 23rd site in the United States inscribed on the Word Heritage List. Most recently, Poverty Point in Louisiana was designated as a World Heritage Site in the summer of 2014. Inscription as a World Heritage Site could mean an increased number of international visitors to San Antonio and a boost for the local economy.

      An issue Preservation Action continues to follow is the participation of the United States in UNESCO. The U.S has not paid annual dues to UNESCO since 2011, after UNESCO admitted Palestine as  member state, triggering laws to limit U.S funds to international agencies that admit Palestine. In 2013 the U.S lost its vote in UNESCO. Several attempts have been made to pass a waiver, which would allow the U.S to pay a portion of the dues owed, specifically for World Heritage, thus far these attempts have been unsuccessful. While this did not impact Poverty Point’s inscription and is not expected to impact the San Antonio Missions chance of inscription, it could impact United States’ ability to have future sites inscribed to the World Heritage List; places like the recently nominated collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.

      Missouri’s Historic Tax Credit Under Threat

      Missouri’s very successful Historic Tax Credit could be facing elimination. A new joint resolution, HJR 34, being considered by the Missouri State Legislature, proposes a constitutional amendment to limit general revenue appropriations and mandate state income tax rate reductions in certain situations. State Senator Tom Dempsey added an amendment that would subject all tax credits to the appropriations process. Supporters of the Missouri Historic Tax Credit believes this amendment could lead to the elimination of the program.

      HRJ 34 already passed the state House and was most recently placed on the Senate’s informal calender. The Missouri Historic Revitalization Alliance put out a call to action encouraging Missourians to contact your state Representatives and Senators. In particular they ask you to contact House and Senate leadership. Find out how you can help save Missouri’s Historic Tax Credit.

      Preservation Month Celebrations Continue Throughout May

      Let us know how you’re celebrating preservation month, what’s going on in your state? Email photos and events to mail@preservationaction.org. Be sure to also share your Preservation Month photos and events using #PresMonth. Check out how these places are celebrating.

      This Place Matters Campaign 

      The National Trust for Historic Preservation once again launched the This Place Matters campaign for preservation month. The purpose of the campaign is for people to shine a spotlight on historic places that played a role in their lives. Participation is simple, just download and print your This Place Matters signs, take photos with the sign at places that matter most to you, share the photos online using #ThisPlaceMatters.

      Events Where You Live

      The Georgia Trust is partnering with several organizations to bring special events and activities across the state.

      Check out what the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation is doing to celebrate preservation month.

      Stories From Around the States

      Illinois: “Budget Cuts Could be Historic for Preservation Work

      Tennessee: “Governor Haslam Announces 36 Historic Preservation Fund Grants

      Virginia: “Environmental and Historical Preservation Groups Urge Dominion to Seek Alternate Route

      Ohio: “Music Hall Renovation Funding Gets $12 Million Boost

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      As Congress returns, House and Senate negotiators are slated to narrow differences to finalize appropriations for the omnibus spending bill that for the FY 2014 budget. This fills in the gaps after December’s budget deal and avoids another shutdown next week.

      Write appropriators, your member of Congress and let them know your support for federal funding of historic preservation grants and the Historic Preservation Fund.

      Dear __________,

      I write to request your support for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) as members of the House and Senate complete consideration of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.  In our state and across the nation, historic preservation has proved to be a success in driving economic development and job creation, and, importantly, preserving our national heritage.

      The National Historic Preservation Act set up HPF grants to assist communities in preserving their heritage. The HPF is the primary means to ensure appropriate implementation of our nation’s historic preservation laws and to safeguard our historic resources. The State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs) funded through the HPF provide the tools needed to revitalize, rehabilitate, and protect the places that give meaning to the nation and are hallmarks of the beauty and cultural legacy of states and localities in the richness of America.

      [State or local examples from your preservation advocacy work]

      To ensure America does not lose its cultural treasures, I ask that Congress appropriate at least $68 million in funding for the HPF and historic preservation grants in the FY14 budget. The request is based upon FY12 funding amounts for SHPOs and THPOs and also supports the President’s FY14 request of $3 million for a competitive program to help survey and identify historic resources important to underrepresented populations and the Senate’s proposed $10 million program that would fund competitive historic preservation grants.

      To keep these programs operating efficiently and to carry out the work of preserving our cultural heritage, America can not afford any additional reductions in federal funding to the SHPO and THPO programs. The negative impact of cuts to these programs include delays in reviews of federal undertakings and certification of Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit projects – a $4 billion industry.

      Historic preservation is important to the many people who live and work and visit our communities. Thank you for considering this urgent request and protecting the future of historic preservation for today and generations to come.

      Sincerely,

      _____________

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      February 17, 2017 →

      Action Alert: Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act Introduced in House and Senate

      The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act was introduced in House (H.R 1158) and the Senate (S. 425) this week. Encourage your members of Congress to sign on as a cosponsor today!

      This week, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (S.425). Companion legislation (H.R 1158) was also introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The legislation, similar to bills introduced in previous congresses, would improve and enhance the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.The bill would further encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings and make more historic properties eligible to use the tax credit, including smaller projects.

      While this legislation is a positive step, it does not eliminate the ongoing threat the historic tax credit program posed by tax reform efforts. Both the Trump Administration and congressional leaders have identified tax reform as top priority and based on the Tax Reform Blueprint released by House Republicans last summer, tax credit programs like the Historic Tax Credit, are being targeted for elimination. The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act provides an alternative plan for the HTC, by expanding the program and making it more effective. Introduction of the HTCIA also allows members of Congress to positively demonstrate their support of the HTC. We encourage you to reach out to your Representative and Senators and ask them to sign on as a to the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act. Our partners at the National Trust for Historic Preservation have created an easy to use tool to send a customizable  letter to your members requesting their support.

      Urge your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the HTC Improvement Act →

      Are your members of congress already signed on as cosponsors? Take a moment to thank them for standing up for the historic tax credit.

      Historic Tax Credit

      As you know, the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) is the most significant federal financial commitment to historic preservation. Over the last 36 years, the credit has created 2.3 million jobs, leveraged $117 billion in investment, and rehabilitated more than 41,250  buildings – all while generating enough in federal taxes to pay for itself. Now we need your help to protect the HTC.

      TAKE ACTION
      •  Urge your members of congress to cosponsor the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (H.R 1158, S. 425).
      • Join us March 14th-16th in Washington D.C for Advocacy Week 2017! Advocacy Week is our best chance to have a mass impact on policymakers in support of the Historic Tax Credit and other historic preservation priorities. Register Today!
      • If you can’t join for Advocacy Week, meet with your members in-district. Schedule a site visit of HTC project, so they can see first hand the impact the federal HTC program has on local communities.

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