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Energy Efficiency and Historic Preservation, October 10-11, 2023

Are you struggling to understand how best to weatherize your historic building? Retrofitting historic properties to improve energy efficiency, reduce heating costs and keep historic features intact is possible! Historic buildings were designed to be efficient and take advantage of the resources available at the time of construction - sunlight, airflow, water. This retreat will explore how best to approach energy retrofits to maximize the building's inherent efficiencies and will share best practices that generally will not impact the historic character of your building.

Registration Deadline is September 25th at 5 pm.


Fundraising and Project Management, September 13-14, 2023

What techniques do community projects use to successfully fundraise while enhancing the use of their historic buildings? Christine Graham of CPG Fundraising will be on hand to provide training in the areas of capital campaigns and annual giving. We will also explore how to manage a rehabilitation project, work with grantors, contractors, and the community to assure success.

Registration Deadline is August 29th at 5 pm.


Community Revitalization through Nonprofit Ownership, July 11-12, 2023

Is your community struggling with how to activate vacant or underutilized spaces? Are you exploring how to attract or retain small businesses in your downtown? Is there a building in your community in need of redevelopment? This retreat is for municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, and community supported enterprises that are working on or exploring a building rehabilitation project or a project that strengthens community.

We are in the process of rescheduling this retreat because of the July Floods. Stay tuned!


Churches & Sacred Places, June 13-14, 2023

Churches, synagogues, and sacred places play a critical role in the health and wellness of our communities. They often act as overflow shelters for our most vulnerable citizens or as community gathering places for cultural performances or events. At the same time, these buildings can be challenging to maintain. Partners in Sacred Places, a non-denominational nonprofit organization, will join us to explore potential partnerships for existing churches and new uses for underutilized church buildings.

Registration Deadline is June 4th at 5 pm.


Outdoor Recreation & Historic Preservation, May 9-10, 2023

How do historic preservation projects and the growing outdoor recreation sector overlap? Whether it’s a bike trip through the Champlain Valley, a day on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail or a paddle down the Connecticut River, outdoor recreation opportunities involve our historic downtowns and village centers. Historic buildings play an important role in providing way stops, overnight accommodations, dining, and resupply points. This retreat will bring together excellent instructive examples and discuss the goals and challenges of projects-in-progress.

Registration Deadline is April 24th at 5 pm.

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