A letter from Conference Committee Chair

CPI_SavingPlaces_FacebookWelcome to the 19th Annual Colorado Preservation, Inc. Saving Places® Conference!  We are excited about the 2016 conference and I hope you will be, too when you see the line-up of speakers, sessions and workshops.  This year’s theme is:  ‘Past. Present. Future.’  Past: because we are in the business of preserving our past, lest it be forgotten; Present: because our work has never been more important than it is today; and Future: because new technologies are helping to make the future of historic preservation brighter every day.

CPI’s goal is to keep this conference fresh and vital.  To this end our Saving Places® Conference Committee studied survey results of the 2015 conference and designed the conference to meet your needs and interests. We’ve adjusted the schedule to kick off Thursday morning with a plenary keynote presentation by Kimber Lanning.  She is the founder of Local First Arizona, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses. Local First Arizona is now the largest local business coalition in the nation.  She’s going to get us excited about how historic preservation and local business can work together, and will have examples and ideas for both urban and rural Coloradans.

We also have some great conference sessions!  Essential topics including the State Historic Fund grant writing training and Historic Preservation Commissioner training are coming back and as always, the popular Most Endangered Places presentation highlights Thursday’s lunch.  If you are looking for help on how technology can further education and preservation, you’ll love our sessions on the new PBS “webseries,” the Bent’s Old Fort Minecraft video game, and how ‘aps’ can enrich a road trip! And we know you need to take home practical preservation tips, so we’ve included sessions on advocacy for local governments, how to work effectively with your county commissioners and a Day at the Capital to help you connect with your state legislators.

I’ve just listed a few of our offerings, and I hope you’ll find many more in the schedule to help make this one of your favorite CPI Saving Places Conferences ever!  I look forward to seeing you in 2016!

-Julie Johnson
CPI Board Member and Conference Committee Chair

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