Welcome to Colorado Preservation, Inc.2015 Savings Places Conference!
From mortar mixes to mouse clicks and levels to laptops, this year we celebrate historic preservation through many lenses. Fair warning: inspiration and new found courage are the likely results of your attendance at this, our 18th Annual Savings Places® Conference.
Welcome to the premier gathering of preservationists from across the Rocky Mountain west where friends meet and new friends are made. This is where young ideas mesh with seasoned advice and where “ah ha!” moments become next week’s action items. We welcome keynote speaker Vincent Michael, Executive Director of the Global Heritage Fund on Thursday and best-selling author Matthew Crawford on Friday. They join dozens of presenters whose passion and experience will be shared for our benefit.
So roll up your sleeves. Brainstorm ideas. Take tours. Learn something new. Applaud great success stories. Discover The Dome. Indulge in the silent auction. Thank our many exceptional sponsors. You can even take on the competition at the Preservation Trades Games. This conference overflows with learning opportunities for everyone.
Preservation is about people. It’s about engaging thought leaders and hands-on practitioners to find new uses for older buildings, sites and cultural landscapes. Preservation lifts up people – indeed entire communities – to new heights of excellence and economics. Add the third “e” – environmental stewardship – and preservation becomes the transformative path for the future.
We invite you to lean into a new challenge, to learn new techniques and leave satisfied that your efforts, creativity and vision are genuinely appreciated.
Thank you for joining us. You are making history and you are making it last. You are making a difference which will be loved for generations to come.
Roxanne Eflin, Executive Director
General sessions include two attendee breakfasts, the Endangered Places Program Announcement Luncheon and the Western Heritage Luncheon.
Educational sessions will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 and Friday, February 6, 2015. The 30 – 40 sessions selected will be divided into tracks. Sessions run for 60 – 75 minutes (based on the content of the session).
Registered conference participants have the opportunity to attend conference tours throughout the conference. These site visits take participants to see successful, innovative historic preservation projects in and around the Denver Metro Area. By working with property owners/stewards, tours selected for the conference program offer participants an “insider” or exclusive opportunity that they may not otherwise get on a public tour.
In addition, Saving Places hosts the Preservation Marketplace which is the largest exhibit of preservation related products, services, and trades in the Rocky Mountain region. Exhibitors include commercial, craftsmen, nonprofit, and government agencies.