Since its inception in 2001, the Kansas Historic Tax Credit Program has created 9,879 new jobs and $715 million in economic output. The Kansas Historic Tax Credit, along with the Federal Historic Tax Credit, are threatened this session as legislators in the Senate and the House as well as the Kansas State Legislature work to overcome budget shortfalls and establish widespread tax reform policies.
KPA has partnered with Friends of Historic Preservation in order to lobby Kansas Legislators and garner their support for the Kansas Historic Tax Credit Program. Below are a few projects that utilized the Kansas Historic Tax Credit Program with facts about their economic benefits. In addition, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has great information on state tax credit programs along with links to advocacy tools.
Please take a moment to contact (or even meet) your elected officials to discuss these issues.
The 2016 Kansas Preservation Conference:The Preservation Trail will be September 28th and 29th, Abilene, KS this year. Keynote speaker Donovan Rypkema will speak on Wednesday September 28th.
Rypkema is a Preservation Economist, and is principal of Place Economics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. He is the author of numerous articles and publications as well as a book, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide which has been translated into Russian and Korean.
Training Sessions for Thursday September 29th include:
-Updates on Historic Preservation Issues in Kansas
-Historic Structure Reports
-Opera Houses of Kansas
-The Preservation Trail
-Interactive Q&A Session
Sessions and start times can be found here: 2016-kansas-preservation-conf
KNOW THE FACTS: Local preservationists have put together a list of “Talking Points” to help guide discussions about fate of the Docking State Office Building. These include information on the historic significance, current conditions, and financial information. Learn the important points and get involved!
– The next KPA Board Meeting will be held July 17th in Topeka. Treanor Architects will host the meeting.
– The Executive Committee will meet on August 7th.
– The Kansas Preservation Conference will be held October 7th and 8th in Manhattan. Check back soon for a full conference schedule and registration information.