Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2009 Preservation Conference - Just 10 Days Away!

“Maintaining Hometown Character in the 21st Century”

Register Today for The Landmark Society of Western New York’s 23nd Annual Regional Preservation Conference

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Medina High School, 2 Mustang Drive (off Route 31), Medina, NY

If you work with, live in, or want to save a historic property, you won’t want to miss The Landmark Society’s 23rd Annual Regional Preservation Conference on Saturday, May 2. With an eye to national trends, this year’s conference is all about economics: from the economic benefits of reusing historic downtown buildings to the ways homeowners can save money by preserving their homes’ original features, you’ll learn how historic buildings and landscapes contribute to economically and environmentally healthy, sustainable communities.

The one-day conference includes these four concurrent sessions:

Track A: Where's the Money? Restoring Economic Vitality in Your Community
In this practical, timely track you’ll learn where to find grants, loans, and tax credits for historic preservation, how to use market analysis to enhance your Main Street’s economic viability, and tour successful rehabilitation projects in downtown Medina to learn what has worked for local business owners.

Please note: This session may fulfill the training requirements for members of local planning and zoning boards. Please check with your municipality for details.

Track B: Preserving and Maintaining Your Old House from Top to Bottom:
Owners of older houses will find answers to some of their most vexing questions at these sessions, which feature functional and handy information on the best ways to maintain and preserve the distinctive features of historic houses.

Track C: Historic Preservation Planning 101
Confused by the lingo of preservation planning? Dreaming of a preservation project, but unsure where to start? This session will set you straight on the various private and public entities who “do” historic preservation, the services they can offer you and your community, and how you can take advantage of their expertise. If you are preparing (or hope to prepare) a National Register nomination, bring your works in progress for hands-on help.

Track D: Preservation Board and Commission Training
This full-day session is geared toward new and experienced board members, as well as the interested public. Topics will include the role of the preservation commission, procedures for running efficient and legally sound meetings, and the standards to be used in design review. Workshop includes a working lunch; participants are expected to remain in the session for the entire day.

Please note: This session may fulfill the training requirements for members of local planning and zoning boards. Please check with your municipality for details.

Special registration rate for Preservation Board and Commission members! See below for details.

Registration fee: $45 ($40 for Landmark Society members) before April 27, 2009. Lunch included with all registrations received by April 27. Registration (space permitting) after April 27 is $50 for everyone and does NOT include lunch.

Preservation Board/Commission members SPECIAL REGISTRATION RATE OF $40 PER PERSON if you register by April 27, 2009!

At least 7 days advance notice of withdrawal from a program is required to receive a refund (minus $5 processing fee). The day will conclude with a tour and reception.

ONLINE REGISTRATION now available; or, to register by mail, download the printable registration form here.

Or, register by calling (585) 546-7029 x10.

Posted by Katie Eggers Comeau, Director of Preservation Services


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