From enhancing real estate values, to fostering local businesses, preservation keeps historic main streets and downtowns economically viable. In places that have preserved their historic character, heritage tourism is a real and tangible economic force.
Developers are discovering that money spent rehabilitating historic buildings is an investment in the future—these structures become showpieces of a rejuvenated city and spaces for new and existing businesses to prosper.
Featuring preservationists, economists, businesses, and regional success stories, this virtual program will provide a deep dive into the lesser-known advantages of revitalizing and repurposing historic spaces.Featured Speakers
Carolyn Cawley, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Blake Opal-Wahoske, Executive Director, Wausau River District
Donovan Rypkema, Principal, PlaceEconomics
Alex Weld, Incoming Executive Director, Wheeling Heritage
RJ Wolney, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Bedrock Detroit, A Quicken Loans Partner Company