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Preservation Issues

Decisions made by local, state and federal governments shape what happens in our neighborhoods, rural areas and downtowns across Virginia. With positive reinforcement from constituents, governmental leaders are reminded of the positive economic and educational benefits of considering preservation as a tool in making decisions about growth, development and open space issues.

How can you get involved? This site will lead you to links and discussions about key issues on the local, state and federal level. Check back frequently and get involved in helping to preserve the historic assets valued in Virginia and make sure to sign up for our Legislative Alerts. Email Alexis Feria aferia@preservationvirginia.org to be added to the Alert List or use the form at the bottom of the page.

 

Advocacy Opportunities on the State Level:

2014 Virginia General Assembly Session

The Virginia General Assembly Session begins 8 January 2014.  In preparation for the session, Preservation Virginia is monitoring the early filings and the budget discussion to share with you the latest and how it will impact historic preservation across the Commonwealth. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Sign up for the Preservation Alerts that will be issued each Monday during the Virginia General Assembly session that begins on 8 January 2014.
  2. Take action when needed to help support legislation and budget issues related to historic preservation and strengthen these tools for our economy.
  3. Know who your Delegate and Senator are and be prepared to speak to them about how preservation is strengthening your community and how the Virginia Historic Rehabilitation and Land Conservation Tax Credit Programs work.  To find out who your legislator is go to http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/ and click at the center top of the page.

 VCU and Virginia Department of Historic Resources study of the Economic Impact of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits

http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/pdf_files/Prosperity%20through%20Preservation.pdf

 Facts about Virginia’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/pdf_files/Facts%20about%20Tax%20Credit%20Program.PDF

Advocacy Opportunities on the Federal Level:

Preservation Virginia and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are working together to ensure that historic preservation issues are well articulated on the Federal level.  This Congressional session will bring a certain review of all sources of revenue.  Historic Preservation Rehabilitation tax credits have been a great incentive for revitalization, job creation and revenue generation.  We need to ensure that the program continues to be a source for this kind of development.  Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Senator Tim Kaine announced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the American Battlefield Protection Program.  Learn more by following this link to the Civil War Trust’s website http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/news/news-releases/2013-news/kaine-announces-reauthorization.html

  2. Connect with preservation advocates in your congressional district to meet with your member of congress, educating members of congress on the Federal Historic Tax Credit and asking them to co-sponsor the CAPP Act legislation. Use the CAPP Fact Sheet and the links below to District Maps and Lists of projects, by district, to show projects with in the past 10 years and the geographic distribution of projects in congressional districts.

VA state specific and district specific maps and links can be found here:

http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/advocacy-center/additional-resources/historic-tax-credit-maps/search-state-rehab-tax.html

Additional Advocacy Resources can be found at the Historic Tax Credit main campaign page:

http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/advocacy-center/protect-historic-tax-credit-capp.html

For more information, please see the following links

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Contact Your Legislators 

 Find out who represents you in the General Assembly and how they can be reached.

Contact Your Member of the House of Representatives

Contact Your U.S. Senators

Preservation Action 
From the website: "Preservation Action advocates federal legislation to further the impact of historic preservation at the local, state and national level."

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