Making the Most of Historical and Heritage Assets: How a Preservation-based Design Ethic Can Promote Economic and Community Vitality

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Wednesday, April 17, 2019
noon - 1:15 p.m. EDT

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Many planners and community development practitioners know implementation of a traditional design ethic in their communities is essential to their work.  But many misperceptions still exist about how or even if historic properties fit into our diverse, dynamic 21st century communities, real estate markets and marketplaces.


Primarily looking beyond isolated and scarce public funding, this webinar will discuss how a preservation-based community design ethic fits into vital economic and community development strategies and will outline best-practice planning approaches and tools to preserve, promote and invest in local historic character and properties.


Planners will recognize how traditional design practices and historic properties fit into a context of economic development, property value stabilization, marketing, market development, outdoor recreation and tourism, understand how preservation planning, historic property designation and implementation of a preservation-based design ethic can promote economic vitality, local branding and placemaking and know the basics of and contact information for Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission preservation incentive programs.

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William Callahan

Bill Callahan is the western Pennsylvania community preservation coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PASHPO). The PASHPO is a Bureau within the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Bill is located at the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh. The PASHPO is responsible for implementing state and federal historic ... Read More

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Peter Wulfhorst,