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Virginia Preservation Conference

Explore the Value of Partnerships at the 2017 Virginia Preservation Conference

Preservation Virginia is excited to be co-hosting the Virginia Preservation Conference alongside the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in Petersburg, Virginia on Friday, October 6 at Union Train Station! Each year, the conference brings together architects, builders, preservationists, government leaders, developers, lawyers, local planning officials and everyday citizens from across the Commonwealth to explore preservation ideas and initiatives.

This year, we invite you to “Explore the Value of Partnerships” happening between organizations in the private and public sector that are strengthening Virginia’s communities. With new restaurants and other businesses in the Petersburg area leveraging opportunities for heritage tourism and the synergy of a creative community, the city is the perfect backdrop for exploring these relationships.

Concurrent Mobile Educational Workshops

Guests will have the chance to take part in one of the following mobile educational workshops:

Leveraging Historic Tax Credits as Tools for Community Revitalization
Historic rehabilitation tax credits are important to the economic success of preservation projects. This workshop will provide an overview of historic rehabilitation tax credits and how they’ve become a tool for revitalizing the city of Petersburg. We’ll also share tips to help you leverage historic tax credits in your own community.

Promoting Heritage and Recreational Tourism via Historical Interpretation
Interpreting a community’s historic resources is key to bolstering heritage and recreational tourism. Join this workshop to explore vehicles by which local cultural and historical information can be disseminated in the interest of economic development and a healthy and creative local tourism economy.

The Intersectionality of Public and Private Partnerships in Historic Preservation
The city of Petersburg will be used as a case study to drive a conversation about the intersectionality of historic preservation. A guided trolley tour will be provided for participants to discover which public and private entities are collaborating in the Petersburg area and how they’re promoting larger community wellness.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David J. Trowbridge, Marshall University 

Dr. David J. Trowbridge, associate professor of history and director of African and African American studies at Marshall University, is this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Trowbridge created Clio, a mobile app and website that helps users discover the history around them through a dynamic map that includes museums and historic landmarks.

Get Registered!

Preservation Virginia members can use promotional code PV2017 to receive a discount on registration (all memberships will be verified). Registration ends September 25.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

The Virginia Preservation Conference is made possible because of the generous support from our sponsors. Contact Will Glasco for sponsorship opportunities at or 804-648-1889 ext. 311.