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Federal Stimulus Bill includes some preservation-related help

February 14, 2009

Preservation won some and lost some when the compromise stimulus package passed Congress this week.  Winners and losers include:

  • $55 million for State and Tribal Preservation Offices for creating preservation jobs and rehabilitation projects was removed . However, the conference agreement provides $15 million for Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for funding historic preservation projects
  • The conference agreement includes a $28 billion category providing funds that can be used for modernization to local school districts
  • The conference agreement funded  $1 billion for Community Development Block Grants and a $1.5 billion annual increase in the New Markets Tax Credit

For more, see Preservationnation’s Recovery Plan and the National Trust’s report (stimulus_web) on the stimulus bill.

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  1. February 19, 2009 1:53 pm

    Now comes the kicker: will the rush to spend the stimulus funds endanger historic buildings and places by state and local governments wanting to “fast track” or avoid federal Section 106 or state Register law reviews that protect resources from damaging government action? Time for preservationists to both promote “shovel-ready” preservation projects for stimulus funding and stay vigilant about anyy attempts to circumvent protections!

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