2016 Conference Recap

A Great Success!

Our annual conference in Waterbury Vermont proved the perfect venue to celebrate the current authenticity and vitality of Vermont’s historic places and engage in lively discussions about how to build on the economic and community success of Vermont's downtowns and villages over the next 50 years.

This year’s event brought together over 250 attendees, 12 Preservation Award winners and state and local partners for a day of learning and inspiration. With a variety of sessions and tours with a focus on creative place making, innovative technologies and restoration techniques, building social capital and craft beer and preservation, the conference had something for everyone.

Rhonda Sincavage, Publications and Programs Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation provided the Keynote Address - reminding the audience that preservation spurs economic development, enhances quality of life, and promotes environmental sustainability, all while preserving our history for future generations.

Here are links to all the presentations:


Morning Plenary

Beyond the Facade: Keynote by Rhonda Sincavage

Preservation Awards 2016: Watch the Films!


Funding and Incentives

Vermonts Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit Program: An Economic Development and Community Revitalization Tool 

VT Downtown & Village Center Tax Credit Program, Caitlin Corkins


Crowdsourcing for Community Revitalization

Basics of Crowdfunding, Warren Dow

Crowdfunding, Rick Winston

Crowdsourcing: Engaging Funders to Increas Public Involvement, VTrans


Technology and Innovation

New Perspectives on Preservation

Terrestrial Laser Scanning Intro and Demo, Hamshaw

Why Does Geospatial Technology Matter to HP and Vital Downtowns? Leslie Pelch

Harnessing the Power of Social Capital

Flood Recovery and Building Resilience in Waterbury Vermont

Build a Better Bethel, Rebecca Sanborne Stone

Fostering Entrepreneurs through Community Investment

Milk Money: Invest in Your Community


Art and Architecture

Ready, Set, ACTIVATE!

Overnight Projects

Axel's Alley

Tactical Placemaking, Ward Joyce

Churches and their expanding role in the 21st Century

Partners for Sacred Places

Restore, Replace, Respect:  A Panel Discussion about Window Restoration and Energy Efficiency

Replacement: Why, When, Where, What, Jamey Duggan

Historic Wooden Window Restoration, Sally Fishburn


The event couldn’t have been a success without the support of our sponsors and local partners including Arnold & Scangas Architects, Redstone, Stevens & Associates, Vermont Agency of Transportation and most importantly, our gracious host community Waterbury, Vermont! Thank you all!