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First Historic Preservation Legislative Summit Aug. 18-19 to focus on education, advocacy; open to anyone interested in state and national preservation legislation

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 29, 2011  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Understanding the legislative process, crafting an effective message about the economic and practical benefits of historic preservation, and getting that message out to state and federal legislators will be the focus of a Historic Preservation Legislative Summit planned Thursday and Friday, Aug. 18-19 in Frankfort.  The summit is co-sponsored by Preservation Kentucky Inc., a membership-based, nonprofit advocacy organization, and the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.

The summit will include a basic overview of legislative fundamentals including how bills are proposed, proceed through committees, get introduced in the House and Senate, and ultimately become law.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with state legislators.  The summit will also feature a tour of the State Capitol with David Buchta, director of the Division of Historic Properties and state curator, and an evening reception sponsored by Downtown Frankfort Inc.  Sessions will take place in the Kentucky Capitol Annex.

Registration is open to anyone interested in the future of historic preservation legislation at the state and national level.  Those who register by Friday, Aug. 12 will receive a discounted registration of $75.  After this, the cost will be $100 per participant.  Full-time students can participate for $40; this rate will be $55 after Aug. 12.

Other educational sessions will include:

  • A guide to the Kentucky Legislature.
  • Lobbying 101: How to deliver your message.
  • Case studies in successful lobbying from statewide nonprofit organizations including the Kentucky Travel Industry Association and the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky.
  • A lunchtime conversation with state legislators featuring Rep. Tanya Pullin of South Shore and Rep. Arnold Simpson of Covington.
  • Renee Kuhlman, director of special projects with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Center for State and Local Policy, who will highlight successful case studies in historic preservation legislation from across the nation.
  • Friday morning breakfast session with Erik Hein of Preservation Action in Washington, D.C., who will discuss legislation and funding as it relates to the federal preservation movement.

Breakout sessions Thursday afternoon will focus on a variety of topics, which may include financial incentives such as state and federal rehabilitation tax credit programs, archaeology, Native American or African American resources, the Kentucky Main Street Program, and others selected by participants. At the end of the summit, participants will have a prioritized list of educational goals for the 2012 Kentucky Legislature and an outline for a legislative action plan under the leadership of Preservation Kentucky.  Additionally, the group will choose a week in February to designate Historic Preservation Week and suggest activities that highlight the importance of preservation to the Commonwealth.

"This summit is our opportunity as preservationists to set a legislative and educational agenda for our state as a group," said Rachel Kennedy, Preservation Kentucky executive director.  "Also, this summit should effectively allow us to create and cultivate a statewide historic preservation advocacy network, under PK’s umbrella."

Registration will include lunch Thursday and breakfast Friday, both prepared with Kentucky Proud products.  A block of hotel rooms has been reserved Aug 17-19 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in downtown Frankfort.  Single or double-occupancy rooms are $84 plus tax.  Reference the Historic Preservation Legislative Summit to receive a discounted rate, or visit

For more information about the summit or to access online registration, visit, contact Preservation Kentucky, 502-871-4570 or email

This summit is hosted by Preservation Kentucky with financial assistance from Wilbur Smith and Associates of Lexington and AMEC Corporation, with offices in Louisville and Lexington.  No General Fund dollars are used in support of this event.

NOTE: 1½ Kentucky Main Street Program training credits are available for conference attendance.  For more, contact Becky Gorman, Kentucky Main Street coordinator, at or 502-564-7005, ext. 146.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.

Preservation Kentucky is the Commonwealth's statewide nonprofit, membership-based historic preservation organization devoted to preserving buildings, structures and sites in every region and every town in the state.  Preservation Kentucky is committed to preserving vestiges of all Kentuckians' past – from shotgun houses in Louisville, to African American rural communities across the state, to roadside architecture such as the Parkette Drive-In in Lexington, to prehistoric archaeological sites.  Members include individuals, businesses, community organizations and government agencies, and everyone is invited and encouraged to participate.


Last Updated 8/9/2011