Preserving the Past Fortifying the Future

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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