Disaster relief workshop set for Nov. 15 in Cedar Rapids
State Historic Preservation Office, FEMA officials to participate

For immediate release November 7, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – Officials from the State Historic Preservation Office and FEMA will offer technical assistance next week at a workshop for property owners, local officials and others who are incorporating historic property considerations into recovery activities.

Sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission, the workshop will be 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Fellowship Hall, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 3rd Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Call the State Historic Preservation Office at 515-281-5111 for more information.

In addition to the scheduled presentations, SHPO staff and Roger Benson from FEMA Region VII will be available to answer questions throughout the day. Individual consultations will take place in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Library beginning at noon.

Following is the workshop schedule:

8:30 a.m.

9 a.m.
The Iowa Site Inventory and Preparing Iowa Site Inventory Forms
Barbara Mitchell, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

10 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
Tax Credits for Historic Properties
Elizabeth Foster Hill, Tax Incentive Programs Manager, SHPO

Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m.
Local Project Review: Roles and Responsibilities in the Section 106 Review ProcessDouglas W. Jones, Review and Compliance Program Manager, SHPO

2:30 p.m.
National Floodplain Insurance Program 
Roger Benson, Natural Hazards Program Specialist, FEMA Region VII

3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Properties
Jack Porter, Preservation Consultant, SHPO

4:30 p.m.
Workshop closes


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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