Bucks for Bricks: Financing Historic Preservation at the Local Level


In a time of ever-increasing development costs, encouraging preservation at the local level often requires additional financing beyond tax credits and bank loans. Municipalities must take the lead in providing economic incentives to not only encourage reuse of historic buildings, but also ensure appropriate preservation methods are utilized. With case studies from the Cities of Salisbury, North Carolina and Fort Collins, Colorado, panelists will discuss a diverse array of local financial incentive programs such as matching grants, zero interest loans, and other financing incentives. The discussion will also center on how municipal incentives can be tailored to meet the particular needs of an individual community, as well as adjusted over time to meet changing economic conditions and emerging needs and serve broader segments of the population.

CE Credits:
Jul 15, 2022 8:30 AM

Maren Bzdek

Maren is the Historic Preservation Services Manager for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, which has been a Certified Local Government since 1991. The program she administers supports the preservation of historic places that represent an inclusive and co-created understanding of community history while integrating those resources within a rapidly evolving urban environment. Her background in environmental policy and integrated resource management of natural and cultural resources provide the core foundation for her work.

Cory Kegerise

Cory Kegerise, AICP: Cory is a Supervisory Grants Management Specialist in the State, Trible, Local, Plans & Grants Division of the National Park Service. He is the program lead for State Historic Preservation Office grants and Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant program and works with his colleagues to distribute a number of formula and competitive grants supported by the Federal Historic Preservation Fund. Prior to joining NPS in 2021, Cory spent ten years as the Community Preservation Coordinator for Eastern Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office.

Emily Vanek

Emily is a planner for the City of Salisbury, North Carolina. She is the staff liaison to the Salisbury Historic Preservation Commission and administers the City’s façade grant programs and historic residential grant program. Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in 2020. Prior to coming to the City in December 2020, she interned at the Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of Traverse City, Michigan.


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