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Preservation Advocacy and Public Policy Issues

Government policies and decisions at the local, state, and federal levels have a major impact on neighborhoods, rural areas, and downtowns throughout Virginia. Preservation Virginia works with our partners and network of preservationists to build public support for preservation, identify priority issues that impact our cultural, architectural, and historic heritage, develop action strategies to respond to challenges and to take advantage of opportunities, and achieve success on significant preservation issues.

Advocacy Opportunities at the State and Local Level

2018 Virginia General Assembly Session 

The Virginia General Assembly Session began on January 10, 2018. Preservation Virginia is monitoring bill filings and the budget discussion to share with you the latest developments and how they will impact historic preservation across the Commonwealth. Here are some simple but significant steps you can take:

  1. Sign up for the Legislative Alerts that will be issued each Monday during the General Assembly session. 
  2. Take action when needed to help support legislation and budget issues related to historic preservation.  
  3. Know who your delegates and senator are and be prepared to speak to them about important preservation issues. Find your legislators
  4. Let us know if you take action, and if you hear back from your legislator.

Defending the Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs

Historic tax credits are incredibly successful tools that has saved historic buildings, helped revitalize communities, and added an estimated $3.9 billion to the state’s economic health. Yet these credits have been under attack. Learn more about these important programs and help us spread the word about the importance of these valuable tools:

Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places list

Each year in May, Preservation Virginia announces its Most Endangered Historic Places list in order to heighten awareness of the threats to resources around the Commonwealth. Click here to learn more.