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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release April 21, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

State Historic Tax Credit workshop in Davenport May 5

Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 26

(DES MOINES) – The State Historic Preservation Office is reminding owners of historic buildings and others of a Tuesday registration deadline for a State Historic Tax Credit Program workshop next month in Davenport.

The workshop will be 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5, 2011, at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd Street in Davenport. The cost for the workshop is $35 and includes a box lunch. Registration is due Tuesday to ensure adequate materials and space. Visit www.iowahistory.org/historic-preservation/ for a detailed schedule and registration information.

The historic rehabilitation tax credit program provides home and business owners with a 25 percent tax credit on qualified rehabilitation costs as a refundable income tax credit on projects. Nonprofit organizations may also be eligible.

The workshop will provide in-depth information on Iowa’s historic rehabilitation tax credits, with a special focus on how homeowners and small businesses can use the “small projects fund” to assist with the rehabilitation of their historic properties.

This fund, for projects of $500,000 or less, was established by the Iowa legislature in 2008 and, for the first time, reserved historic tax credit dollars for small projects by homeowners and small businesses. General information common to both large and small project applications will also be presented.

Participants will learn how the program works, how to determine if a property is eligible to utilize the program, the differences in the program for residential and commercial structures, and how to complete tax credit application forms. The workshop will include a primer on the National Register of Historic Places and a discussion of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

The State Historic Preservation Office will present the workshop in Davenport in partnership with Gateway Redevelopment Group, the Scott County Historic Preservation Society, Hilltop Campus Village, The City of Davenport Historic Preservation Commission and SPARK Consulting.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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