Thursday, March 11, 2010

GaPA Thursday

Last week’s Historic Preservation Advocacy Week in Washington, D.C. attracted over 370 preservationists, including Dr. Dave Crass (Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and State Archaeologist) and Amanda Schraner (Transportation Projects Coordinator) from Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division.

A number of preservation issues were addressed during the week, many with a common theme: Funding.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s six major priorities listed on its 2010 Federal Legislative Agenda all revolve around funding important preservation programs and creating initiatives to capitalize on the economic viability of historic preservation. During his opening remarks on Lobby Day, Richard Moe addressed this issue and reiterated the National Trust’s new campaign Preservation Equals Jobs:

At a time when sustainability and job creation are top priorities for the Administration, it is tragically shortsighted to overlook – or even cripple – the economic power and potential of historic preservation programs such as SAT, Preserve America and National Heritage Areas.

GaPA also makes funding preservation a priority. Earlier this year GaPA became one of 171 organizations to show its support by joining the Coalition for Full Funding. The Coalition fights for full funding of the Historic Preservation Fund, a fund that receives money from outer continental shelf oil leases and was established to support state historic preservation offices.

Tell congress to fund preservation: Save America’s Treasures, Preserve America, National Heritage Areas, and Full Funding of the Historic Preservation Fund

Take Action!

  • Send this email to tell members of congress to support preservation programs
  • Contact your Congressional Representatives and ask them to sign onto Representative Carnahan and Representative Turner’s Dear Colleague Letter to support appropriations request
  • Join the Coalition
  • Read The National Trust’s Lobbying 101 guide for more ways to be involved
  • Attend a lecture by Donovan Rypkema, an expert on the economics of preservation, at Georgia Tech on April 7th to learn more about the benefits of preservation

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