Preservation Trust of Vermont's
Village Revitalization Partnership
Receives ACHP Historic Preservation Award

North Hero Community Hall

North Hero Community Hall, recipient of a $100,000 Village Revitalization Initiative Grant.

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Nov. 10) – The Village Revitalization Partnership — a cooperative effort among Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Preservation Trust of Vermont, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)—drew national recognition Thursday in garnering the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s (ACHP) Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.

“This creative and important initiative demonstrates how effective partnerships can use relatively modest funding to accomplish important local projects that create jobs, preserve our heritage, and improve the vitality of communities,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, ACHP chairman. “It is a great model for other elected officials and preservation organizations to emulate across the country.”

In 2005, Leahy and the Preservation Trust of Vermont—using HUD Economic Development Initiative Special Projects Congressional Grants—embarked on a partnership to build stronger and more economically vibrant villages and small downtowns.

Leahy said,

“This initiative proves again that historic preservation is not a cost for saving the past, but a wise investment in the future. Vermonters are respectful stewards of our state’s rich heritage. Cookie-cutter solutions are not the Vermont way. Paul Bruhn and the other partners in this effort carefully and thoughtfully forged unique, local, ‘hand-crafted’ solutions that embrace our history, while envisioning a vibrant future for these special Vermont places.”

During its first six years, the Village Revitalization Initiative supported 27 projects in 25 different communities in Vermont. A federal investment of $2,435,200 has helped leverage more than $27 million in total project costs.

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