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Preservation Summer School
July 23, 2014

Preservation Summer School MailerMark your calendar so you don't miss Preservation Maryland's annual one-day, one topic conference on Wednesday, July 23 at McDaniel College in Westminster.  The title of the 2014 Preservation Summer School is "Uncovering the Untold Stories."  As the demographics in Maryland continue to shift, preservationists and historians must be sure they are telling the stories that people are interested in hearing.  Come discover and learn how to communicate effectively the stories of underrepresented groups in your community.

In the morning, researchers and preservationists will present some "untold stories" to get you thinking about which stories might resonate in your community.  Throughout the afternoon, participants will learn how to use partnerships to get thesestories out to a broader audience and how social media can serve as an effective tool for conducting campaigns and sharing stories.

Learn about the latest scholarship, develop new skills and brainstorm new ideas for your organization, and network with colleagues.  Click here for more information and to register.

2014 Endangered Maryland Released

Nelson HomesteadPreservation Maryland's Endangered Maryland program is a call to action to save critically important historic buildings and sites that are at risk of being lost. Every site selected for this year's list is at imminent risk. Increased public dialogue and creative solutions are key to saving these historic places. Visit www.endangeredmaryland.org to learn about the selected sites and find out what you can do to help.

2014 Legislative Session Ends  

 Legislation:

  • Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program (HB0510): Passed
    The Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program encourages the redevelopment of historic buildings by offering project sponsors tax credits equal to 20% of eligible rehabilitation costs for historic properties. 

 HB 510 extends the termination date of the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program through FY2017 and adds a new small commercial credit category that permits owners of small businesses to receive tax credits for historic rehabilitation projects totaling $500,000 or less.

   Budget Items:

 Below is an overview of the funding for the various state preservation-related programs passed by the General Assembly. 

Community Legacy: $6 million (level funding from FY2014)

Neighborhood BusinessWorks: $4,250,000 (increase of $1,890,000 from FY2014)

Thank you to all who supported this year’s legislative and budget agendas through e-mails, phone-calls, and direct lobbying efforts with your representatives in the General Assembly.

Members like you are the foundation of our efforts.

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