Preservation Power Summit


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The 2015 East Tennessee Preservation Conference was held in downtown Knoxville October 22-24. The 7th annual conference event emphasized finding effective solutions for securing the future of our historic places while capitalizing on our cultural heritage. Participants included preservation professionals, architects, planners, tourism professionals, government and community leaders, economic developers, real estate professionals and others who have found that advanced knowledge of historic preservation principles and practices can be a very valuable asset.

Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, was the keynote speaker. Mr. Rypkema is recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures. Since 1983 he has provided ongoing consulting services to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Main Street Center. He has undertaken assignments in 49 states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded him the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, the organization’s highest honor, for his work in the preservation field.

Past East Tennessee Preservation Conferences have been held in Townsend, Rugby, Jonesborough, Gatlinburg, Maryville and Oak Ridge.


Dealing with Codes and Hazardous Materials – Dan Brown
Expanding Local Historic Districts – Kaye Graybeal
Bringing Tennessee’s Historic Site Survey Information Into the Digital Age – Steve Rogers
Understanding Economic Hardships and Demolition By Neglect – Dan Brown
Rypkema Keynote Presentation
Donovan Rypkema & PlaceEconomics
The Tennessee Valley Authority – Pat Ezzell
Creating Great Places, Tennessee Main Street – Nancy Williams

2015 Conference Program

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