President Announces Intent to Nominate New ACHP Chairman
March 13—The President announced his intent to nominate Aimee Jorjani as the ACHP’s first full-time chairman. She has a long career in historic preservation and related interests. As a result of 2016 legislation, the full-time ACHP chairman position is Senate-confirmed, so current Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson will remain in the job until Jorjani is confirmed. Read the ACHP press release here. Read the White House announcement here.
New Report Cites Historic Tax Credits Create Thousands of Jobs and Billions of Dollars in Investment
March 12--The National Park Service issued its FY 2017 annual report on the federal historic tax incentives program. Commonly known as the Historic Tax Credit, the program provides a 20 percent federal tax credit for rehabilitation of historic buildings for business or income-producing uses. According to the report, FY 2017 saw more than $5.8 billion in private investment in historic preservation and community revitalization due to the Historic Tax Credit and the creation of almost 107,000 jobs.
Celebrate Women’s History Month - Women’s Suffrage is Key
The ACHP celebrates Women’s History Month this March by recognizing the important contributions women have made to our nation. Learn about the history of these women by exploring their stories through research and by visiting the histosric sites where they spent their lives. This story is about Susan B. Anthony whose remarkable life is showcased through her NHL house museum. Read more.
ACHP to Meet March 21-22 in DC
The members of the ACHP will meet for spring business March 21-22 in Washington, DC at the National Building Museum and U.S. Capitol. Read the agendas here.
ACHP Announces Report to the President on Federal Historic Property Stewardship
Feb. 15—The ACHP today sent the fifth triennial report on the status of federal historic property to President Trump in accordance with E.O. 13287 “Preserve America.” The report offers findings and recommendations for agencies, states, tribes, and local organizations to protect and preserve historic property. Read the report here.
A look back—the ACHP’s First 50 years
As part of the ACHP’s recognition of its 50th anniversary in 2016, the agency has completed a historical review and summary of major preservation policies and practices championed by the ACHP since its genesis.
With assistance from the ACHP Foundation and the firm Cultural Heritage Partners, an online module has been created titled “The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s First 50 Years - Shaping National Preservation Policy.” The module is focused on “how the ACHP has advanced federal support for historic preservation and developed useful strategies for addressing major preservation issues since its creation in 1966.”
The site invites members of the public to explore ACHP work over the last five decades through a historical timeline and essays, images, online interviews and comments, and resource documents on 12 topics:
Native American Heritage
Planning and Consultation
The project is intended to complement the existing online collection of Section 106 Success Stories that help illustrate the impact of the Section 106 process on the preservation of our heritage in the U.S. since 1966.
Apply Now for the ACHP-HUD Joint Award for Preservation Excellence!
The ACHP and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announce nominations for the 2018 ACHP/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation are open. This joint award honors outstanding historic preservation efforts with affordable housing and community revitalization successes. Submissions are due March 1, 2018. Click here for more information!
Public Review Now Open on Draft Program Comment to Exempt Effects of Transportation-Related Undertakings within Rail Rights-of-Way
The ACHP, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, proposes a draft program comment to exempt effects of transportation-related undertakings within railroad and rail transit rights-of-way. The draft is now available for public review and comment in the Federal Register with comments due by Dec. 8, 2017.
The draft program comment would exempt from Section 106 review certain activities that have the potential to affect historic properties within railroad and rail transit rights-of-way where those effects are likely to be minimal or not adverse. It also includes an optional approach that could streamline the Section 106 review for additional types of transportation-related undertakings involving railroad and rail transit properties, including those that may cause adverse effects. If issued by the ACHP, this program comment would fulfill the requirements of Section 11504 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, passed by Congress in 2015.
Comments should be provided to both the ACHP and the DOT via email to FRA.106Exemption@dot.gov and RailROW@achp.gov.
Chairman’s Award Honors Floyd Bennett Field Project
Nov. 8 - ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson presented the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation at a reception Nov. 8 to collaborators who worked on a clean energy project in Brooklyn, New York. The Williams Companies were honored for their work in restoring two airplane hangars at historic Floyd Bennett Field, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The National Park Service, New York State Historic Preservation Officer, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received partnership commendations for their work in this project. Read the press release here.
Announcing the ACHP’s Recommendations for the Future of the National Historic Preservation Program
The ACHP is proud to make available its report The National Historic Preservation Program at 50: Priorities and Recommendations for the Future which discusses a variety of issues and offers constructive actions for ensuring success. Read the report here.
Read the Latest Forum Journal Publication on the NHPA 50th Anniversary!
Preservation Leadership Forum invites you to read the latest Forum Journal, Fifty Years of Heritage So Rich: The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). In this issue, we seek to represent the breadth the NHPA and the programs it initiated, examining its many accomplishments as well as its unfulfilled potential. The Journal is a benefit for Forum members, but is available for full access for a limited time. The ACHP is pleased to point out an article written by our Director of Preservation Initiatives Ron Anzalone in the Forum Journal.
ACHP Chairman Highlights Benefits of Historic Tax Credit in Letter to Congress
As Congress weighs various proposals for tax reform, ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson has asked the House Ways and Means Committee to consider the past success and future potential of the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit. Read his letter here.
Since 1976, more than 41,000 projects throughout the U.S. have benefited from the tax credit, generating $78.3 billion in investment and creating nearly 2.4 million jobs. The credit also pays for itself, with the $23.1 billion cost of the program offset by the $28.1 billion in tax receipts generated by projects receiving the credit.
One tax reform plan under consideration in Congress calls for elimination of most special-interest deductions and credits. In his letter to the chairman and ranking member of the committee, Donaldson noted that the 20 percent historic tax credit does not support a specific industry or locality, but it encourages the renovation of underutilized commercial properties for a wide range of uses in communities throughout the country.
Preserve America Designation for Orange Mound Celebrated in Memphis
Hundreds of advocates, community leaders, schoolchildren, and other members of the public gathered at Mount Pisgah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in southeast Memphis Dec. 16 to celebrate the designation of Orange Mound as the 905th Preserve America Community.
Orange Mound holds the distinction of being the first subdivision in the U.S. designed specifically for African Americans. Attendees of the designation ceremony were treated to a reenactment of the story of Orange Mound's origins, as well as stirring music and dance performances by local ensembles from the Blues City Cultural Center and Melrose High School. U.S. Representative Steve Cohen and ACHP Member Jordan Tannenbaum also addressed the audience, with the crowd applauding Tannenbaum's acknowledgment of the community's success in 2015 in celebrating its 125th anniversary.
The ceremony closed with Tannenbaum reading the official Preserve America designation letter from First Lady Michelle Obama, and the presentation of a replica of the official designation sign for the community.
Orange Mound was named after the Osage orange shrubs that lined the grounds of the Deadrick Plantation, from which the lands that formed the community were deeded in 1870. The land was purchased by Izey Eugene Meacham, who in turn sold plots to local African Americans.
ACHP Announces Community Revitalization Policy Statement
After years of research and study into the needs of communities across the U.S. who are struggling to revive their economies and historic assets, the ACHP has issued a policy statement aimed at helping to provide ideas and principles for successful community revitalization. Read more about how to help your community.
ACHP Electronic Section 106 System Now Available to All Federal Agencies
The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its voluntary Electronic Section 106 Documentation Submittal System (e106) for use by any federal agency (or officially delegated non-federal entity) when notifying the ACHP of a finding of adverse effect, inviting the ACHP to be a consulting party to resolve adverse effects, or proposing to develop a Programmatic Agreement for complex or multiple undertakings.
The e106 system is designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the Section 106 review process by providing federal agencies with an electronic submittal system that serves to expedite a critical step in Section 106 review and encourage complete and accurate submissions that can be shared with others. Read the announcement regarding the availability of this system; view the format form and instructions.
While federal agencies can continue to send hard copy documentation to the ACHP via regular mail, or electronically as a pdf, all agencies are encouraged to utilize e106 in their submissions to the ACHP.
ACHP Publishes Measuring Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation
A report by Washington, D.C.-based PlaceEconomics is now available here. Read more about the study and the importance that historic preservation makes in your community.
Brownsville, Texas, uses Preserve America Money to Spark Downtown Development
At one of Texas’s most famous border towns, Brownsville has turned its once vacant and abandoned Downtown into a visitor’s mecca. Using its expansive supply of historic resources that just needed a little boost, the city now has four times the visitorship compared to a decade ago. Preserve America Grant funding of $132,870 helped spark the work to make downtown Brownsville a successful cultural tourist destination. Read more
Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation Study Released
A 2011 study commissioned by the ACHP, with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, identifies and analyzes methods for measuring the economic impacts of historic preservation. The report focuses on such economic indicators as jobs and household income, property values, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and downtown revitalization, and recommends ways to improve our understanding of how preservation activity supports economic vitality.
Read the full report here.
Read a brief compilation of related facts and figures here.
Preserve America Grants Effectiveness Report Released
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has released a report to Congress on the preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of Preserve America Grants over the last four years. Read more.
Updated March 19, 2018