KHC Strong Towns Conference Sept. 24-25 will explore new approaches to community growth, development
A two-day conference exploring strategies for community growth and development based on 21st-century challenges will take place Sept. 24-25 in downtown Louisville. The Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Strong Towns Conference is being presented with support from KHC member Nana Lampton and Hardscuffle Inc., in partnership with the Kentucky Main Street Program, Preservation Kentucky  and Preservation Louisville.
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Strong Towns is a national nonprofit organization that works to build strong and resilient cities, towns and neighborhoods by promoting policies that create enduring prosperity. While many communities continue to focus on a post-World War II model of suburbanization, the Strong Towns approach maintains that to be successful, citizens and community leaders must adopt a new way of thinking about the future. Success must be built incrementally, driven by citizens in partnership with local governments, who must be willing to provide a platform for collaboration.
“The movement encourages the creation of common goals that support long-term financial solvency by looking differently at land, transportation systems, infrastructure and the existing built environment, which must be viewed as shared assets,” said Craig Potts, KHC executive director and state historic preservation officer. “Given recent community conversations about development projects across the state, we feel the timing of this conference could not be better.”
In addition to Potts, speakers include Charles L. “Chuck” Marohn Jr., Strong Towns founder and president, a professional engineer and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners; Jim Kumon, urban designer and community organizer; R. John Anderson, CNU, co-founder and principal for Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design; Jim Lindberg, senior director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Green Lab; Kitty Dougoud, KHC Kentucky Main Street Program administrator; and Steve Ervin, Paducah planning director.
The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Bomhard Theater. Preregistration is $25, good for both days, or $35 at the door.
“For the last five years, we have been traveling the country sharing a presentation called the ‘Curbside Chat’ (www.curbsidechat.org) to audiences in cities big and small, which tells how we have literally built ourselves into financial decline,” Marohn said. “The shared discovery is that our cities and towns are interconnected by a system that emphasizes continuous growth over resiliency and adaptability.”
Featured topics will include “The Finance Behind our Places,” a look at how community projects are financed and how return on investment is calculated in relation to long-term financial obligation; “Transportation in the Next American City – Demystifying the Link between Mobility and Local Economics,” how to build high-performance roads and streets at a human scale to create financial value for a community; “A New Path Forward,” a look at how financial analysis can better guide resource investments; and “Open Space Technology,” an approach to purpose-driven leadership.
For more, visit the Strong Towns website , or watch a 15-minute TED Talk with Marohn
Attendance at one or more days will fulfill annual educational requirements for Certified Local Government (CLG) preservation commissioners and board members, as well as Kentucky Main Street Program managers.
The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown
With support from
The Preservation Payoff
Each year the Kentucky Heritage Council compiles information about the impact of historic preservation in each of Kentucky's six Congressional districts. These data sheets (top right) quantify the financial and cultural value that KHC programs such as rehabilitation tax credits and the Kentucky Main Street Program generate in economic investment back into communities. This information is presented both cumulatively (statewide) and by district, and a rehab tax credit project in each district of particular interest is highlighted.
Please use these to help illustrate the economic and cultural impact that historic preservation programs are having in your community!
In 2012, Annville Institute in Jackson County was listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Does your legislator, local elected official, family member, friend or neighbor want to know more about historic preservation? Would you like to learn about how current preservation projects across the state are creating jobs, attracting private investment, generating tax revenue, promoting environmental sustainability, contributing to community planning and improving our quality of life? Then check out Preservation Works! Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies [PDF - 976KB], produced by the Kentucky Heritage Council. For a hard copy, email Vicki Birenberg, CLG and Planning Coordinator, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 126.
... to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office website. Our mission is to identify, preserve and protect the cultural resources of Kentucky. Heritage Council staff administer all state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs in Kentucky, including the National Register of Historic Places. Sixteen Kentucky Heritage Council members from every geographic region are appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms.
The Heritage Council is repository of a priceless assemblage of survey forms, maps, photographs and other images in its unique archival collection of inventories of historic structures and archaeological sites across the state. Our rural heritage is well represented in all of our programs including the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, which promotes the preservation of archaeological sites and educates the public about archaeology and the importance of site protection.
The Heritage Council seeks to build a greater awareness of Kentucky's historic places and to encourage the long-term preservation of Kentucky's significant cultural resources.
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