Historic Preservation Lobby Day included some friendly faces from Greensboro this year. Lobby Day 2009 (March 9 - 10) was organized by Preservation Action, the nation's only 501c4 nonprofit organization created to serve as a national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. The group supports full funding for State Historic Preservation Offices, an historic homeowner tax credit, and improvements to existing rehabilitation tax credits.
According to Preservation Action:
"Nearly 300 advocates from around the country met this week to meet with members of Congress and their staff to ask for preservation funding and better incentives to support our work. This year, more than in the past several years, attendees noted that the overarching message of "preservation as economic stimulus" resounded in offices and made for a cohesive agenda. For instance, our standard request for adequate State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) funding got a boost from the recently passed economic stimulus bill."
Greensboro figured prominently in this year's efforts as students from UNCG attended the event. Pictured prominently in Preservation Action's weekly news update is a photograph of Representative Brad Miller (D-NC) standing with UNCG students and faculty members Autumn Rierson Michael and Jo Leimenstoll (image, right).
It is great to see Greensboro leading a Washington initiative, especially in the topic of historic preservation.
Credit to Autumn Rierson Michael and Preservation Action for image.