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10 Reasons Why Vermont’s Homegrown Economy Matters And 50 Proven Ways to Revive It

Detailed here are specific reasons why locally owned businesses matter and practical ways to plan for a homegrown economy, foster revitalization and unite independent businesses.

10 Tips for Managing a Historic Preservation Project

As you start down the path of saving and using your historic building, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

A Case for Historic Windows

Historic windows are an important, character-defining feature that contribute to an historic building’s significance. Detailed here are the material and economic advantages to retaining and repairing your building’s old windows.

A Local Official’s Guide to Developing Better Community Post Offices

One of the challenges facing Vermont’s communities is the struggle to keep the post office in the town and village centers and to ensure that the design solution fits respectfully in the community. Factors such as cost and efficiency drive United States Postal Service decisions to relocate local post office, sometimes to sites outside of the town center.

A State Highway Project in Your Town?

This book provides basic information on the law, the issues, and the process of Agency of Transportation projects for citizens and public officials in Vermont towns. 1995, 1998.

Fire Safety for Historic Buildings

The U.S. National Fire Protection Association reported one structure fire every minute in 2015, with over 19,000 deaths and injuries and $14.3B in property loss. In Vermont, fire has damaged and destroyed numerous landmark buildings over the past several years. How can stewards of historic commercial and public buildings avoid having their properties become part of these sobering statistics?

For Homeowners

We have reprinted selections from John Leeke’s Historic HomeWorks™ Question and Answer column on the maintenance and preservation of historic (and just plain old) buildings. A wide variety of topics are covered.

Fundraising for Preservation Projects

The first step to developing a successful fundraising campaign for your historic preservation project is to have a clear idea of what needs to be done. Here are some tried-and-true tips to achieve your fundraising goals.

Getting Started with your Preservation Project

Whether you are new to preservation or a seasoned veteran, the following questions and resources will help you better understand your project and work effectively to restore it for years of future use.

Historic Facade Restoration – From Vinyl to Clapboard

Preservationists understand that plastic siding disfigures historic structures, builders know it can trap moisture and cover over problems needing maintenance and repairs, and real estate professionals advise clients to be wary of possible defects that may be concealed under the plastic and how that can affect property values.

Hometown Fundraising

Local fundraising events and projects are an important part of community preservation. While not usually the biggest part of a plan to raise funds, they frequently provide an opportunity for concerned citizens to participate and show their support for a particular effort.

Insulation and Historic Buildings

Preservation, Construction and Energy colleagues across Vermont have been working to better understand energy efficiency in relation to historic buildings. We’re in full agreement on where to start to realize energy savings and improved building performance. Read more here.

Preservation Briefs

The NPS’s Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings and cover nearly every topic imaginable.

Procuring Contractors and Materials for your Preservation Project

If you are using federal or state funds for your historic preservation project, there are most likely specific conditions for purchasing supplies and hiring contractors. The term for this process is “procurement.” Here are seasoned tips for a smooth procurement process.

Public Buildings Keep Town Centers Alive

Post offices, municipal halls, libraries, courthouses, and other public buildings can play a critical role in keeping downtowns and town centers strong. Conversely, the loss of key public buildings can seriously damage the fabric of downtown. A report on successes in Saratoga Springs New York from planning journalist Philip Langdon.

Taking Care of Your Old Barn

Here is a basic guide to taking care of historic barns and farm buildings. It includes some general guidelines, a short history of barns, ten tips for barn maintenance and repair, ways to adapt barns to other uses, sources of advice and funding for barn preservation, and a list of organizations that offer assistance to those working on their barns.

Vermont Flood Guide: Preparation, Response & Recovery

Written in the months following 2011 Tropical Storm Irene, this booklet covers the basics of what you can do prior to a flood event, how to properly clean your building after a flood, and general information for homeowners and municipalities.

Vibrant Town Centers: Developing Small-scale, Locally-owned, Downtown Department Stores that Serve the Community

Is it possible to mix ingredients such as entrepreneurship, investors with charitable spirit, customer and community participation, and new systems of distribution to start and support a thriving locally-owned, small-scale, downtown department store?

Volunteers: Attracting, Keeping and Cultivating them for your Community Preservation Project

We are fortunate here in Vermont to have many people who are passionate about their communities and are willing to spend their time volunteering. Here are a few tips to help you recruit and retain volunteers.

What Makes A Great Village?

What makes a great village? That was the question we posed to the participants in the first annual Village Center Retreat at the Grand Isle Lake House in the summer of 2007.

Why Preserve?

For over thirty years, the Preservation Trust of Vermont has been helping communities save and reuse their historic places. Every now and then, though, it is helpful to take a step back and look at why we are so passionate about our work.

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