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Historic Building Enthusiasts: You May Want to Attend this Event

Are you interested in helping your community tap into the lucrative benefits of heritage tourism by promoting the authenticity of your local history and culture to potential visitors?

A city commissioner or architectural review board member who needs to learn more about the fundamentals of historic preservation standards and guidelines, preservation law, and working more effectively within your community?

A real estate agent interested in learning more about marketing and selling historic properties, and earning continuing education hours in the process?

Then check out “Preservation Tools and Strategies,” the fourth and final presentation in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, Oct. 23-25 in downtown Paducah. Sessions are open to the public and geared to owners of historic buildings, members of architectural review boards and preservation commissions, local officials, real estate professionals and anyone interested in community preservation.

This educational conference is presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with Preservation Kentucky Inc., the Kentucky Main Street Program Inc., Paducah Main Street and the city of Paducah.

Free events will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) Saturday, Oct. 25, at Maiden Alley Cinema and River Discovery Center, including:

·         Money for historic buildings through use of state and federal historic building rehabilitation tax credits.

·         Tools and information on how to become more actively engaged in the public process on behalf of historic resources, through a better understanding of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which specifies the role consulting parties can play in providing input for proposed federally funded projects.

·         How to become involved in and provide input for the next five-year Kentucky state historic preservation plan, which is intended to be a tool to help guide local efforts.

·         A keynote with city leaders focusing on the revitalization of the LowerTown Arts District and Fountain Avenue neighborhood, and recommendations from “Walkable City” author Jeff Speck, and how others can use these examples locally to revitalize their central business districts.

·         A building design demonstration with “Mr. Muddle” and guided downtown walking tour.

“Historic Preservation 101 for Real Estate Professionals” will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, Oct. 23, offering four credit hours (two law). Presented by Preservation Kentucky; sponsored in part by Corn Island Archaeology of Louisville, the cost is $55.

“Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP)” training will be offered 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDT) Friday, Oct. 24, featuring speakers representing the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. The cost is $40.

Friday evening activities include a “ghost tour” carriage ride, guided trolley tour, and reception hosted by Preservation Kentucky, Paducah Main Street and the city of Paducah, sponsored by Ray Black & Son and Independence Bank. Other conference sponsors include “Paducah Life” Magazine.

To register or for updates and more information, visit http://goo.gl/63wxSr or see www.heritage.ky.gov.

From the Kentucky Heritage Council

Photo: Downtown Paducah/RCN file