Why Preservation?

Quality of Life

Historic buildings grant character to communities. As the tangible link to our unique history and culture, they are irreplaceable.

Economic Devlopment

Historic preservation is critical to economic development:

  • Creating more jobs (10 – 20% more) than new construction*
  • Attracting other development, particularly small businesses which provide 85% of new jobs*
  • Improving business recruiting efforts by offering unique, attractive environments*
  • Encouraging cultural heritage tourism, which accounts for 50% of overall tourism*

* Donovan D. Rypkema, The Economics of Historic Preservation (National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1994)