Historic District Comission to meet today

The El Dorado Historic District Commission will convene for a regular meeting at noon today at the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society office/Union County Sports Hall of Fame, 412 E. Faulkner.

The group is expected to learn more about Preserve Arkansas's Dollars & Sense of Historic Preservation program.

El Dorado historic district Commissioner Diane Murfee and Elizabeth Eggleston, executive director of the EHDC/Certified Local Government Coordinator/City Preservation, attended a day-long Dollars and Sense training session that was held last September in Texarkana.

Local architect Doug Stanton, a former member of the EHDC, also reportedly attended the program.

According to Preserve Arkansas, the Dollars & Sense program emphasizes the economic benefits of historic preservation; provides information and resources on preservation incentives; and encourages the use of incentives through practical, real-world examples.

The program is also designed to meet the needs of chambers of commerce; realtors; owners of historic properties; community planners/developers; bankers; municipal officials; county leaders; private and public community/economic development organizations and anyone who has an interest in community and economic development.

The Dollars & Sense program is an extension of efforts by Preserve Arkansas, a nonprofit organization, to preserve the state's historic and cultural resources by reconnecting Arkansans to their heritage and empowering them to save and rehabilitate historic places.

El Dorado is a Preserve Arkansas city.

Today, the EHDC plans to watch the first segment of a three-part video of the Dollars & Sense training session that was held in Texarkana.

The segment will feature Donovan Rypkema teaches preservation economics, the nexus of historic preservation and economic development, at the University of Pittsburgh.

As principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm, Rypkema has undertaken assignments in 49 states and more than 50 countries.

The other two video segments will be shown during regular EHDC meetings in March and April.

Respectively, the segments will feature Michael Echols, a Bastrop, Louisiana, native and Louisiana state representative, and Amber Jones, a Little Rock historic preservation consultant who specializes in historic rehabilitation tax credit, National Register of Historic Places listings, facade easements and federal tax credits.

The EHDC meeting is open to the public.

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