2017 Virginia Preservation Conference

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2017 Virginia Preservation Conference

Fri, October 6, 2017

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

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Union Train Station (Union Station)

103 River Street

Petersburg, VA 23803



Preservation Virginia is excited to be co-hosting the Virginia Preservation Conference alongside the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in Petersburg, Virginia on Friday, October 6 at Union Train Station! Each year, the conference brings together architects, builders, preservationists, government leaders, developers, lawyers, local planning officials and everyday citizens from across the Commonwealth to explore preservation ideas and initiatives.

This year, we invite you to “Explore the Value of Partnerships” happening between organizations in the private and public sector that are strengthening Virginia’s communities. With new restaurants and other businesses in the Petersburg area leveraging opportunities for heritage tourism and the synergy of a creative community, the city is the perfect backdrop for exploring these relationships.

Preservation Virginia members can use promotional code PV2017to receive a discount on registration (all memberships will be verified). Registration ends September 25.

Concurrent Sessions

Guests will have the chance to take part in one of the following sessions:

Leveraging Historic Tax Credits as Tools for Community Revitalization 
Historic rehabilitation tax credits are important to the economic success of preservation projects. This session, taking place at Trapezium brewery, will provide an overview of historic rehabilitation tax credits and how they’ve become a tool for revitalizing the city of Petersburg. We’ll also share tips to help you leverage historic tax credits in your own community. The session will conclude with a tour of Trapezium Brewery, which was established with the help of a historic rehabilitation tax credit.

Promoting Heritage and Recreational Tourism via Historical Interpretation 
Interpreting a community’s historic resources is key to bolstering heritage and recreational tourism. Join this session to hear from the Petersburg Preservation Task Force about their grassroots efforts to help keep museums throughout the city open and tips for pulling together a volunteer force. The Virginia Film Office will also be discussing the economic benefits of heritage and recreational tourism. This session will end with a tour of Centre Hill mansion.

Establishing Public and Private Partnerships in Historic Preservation 
Taking place at the Cameron Foundation's headquarters, we will be using the city of Petersburg as a case study to drive a conversation about the value of establishing public and private partnerships in historic preservation. A guided tour will be provided for participants to discover which public and private entities are collaborating in the Petersburg area and how they’re promoting larger community wellness.

The full conference schedule is below.

8:00 AM: Registration (Light breakfast will be provided)

8:30 AM: State of the State: Elizabeth Kostelny, Preservation Virginia & Julie Langan, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

9:00 AM: Welcome: Todd Graham, Cameron Foundation and Charlie Cuthbert

9:15 AM: Preservation Pitch

9:30 AM: Keynote presentation: Dr. David J. Trowbridge, Marshall University

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: Panel Discussion: Community Partnerships and Historic Resource Management

11:45 AM: History of Pocahontas Island

12:15 PM: Lunch

1:45 PM: Concurrent Sessions

4:00 PM: Guided walking tours of Petersburg

5:00 PM: Closing reception at local restaurant (Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided with cash bar)

5:15 PM: Preservation Pitch winner announcement

6:30 PM: Conference concludes