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Protect the Federal Historic Tax Credit

Posted by CC on July 20th, 2012 7:00 am

The federal historic tax credit has made a huge impact in Iowa. For more than 30 years, properties around the state have been reenergized using this incentive. Since the creation of the state historic tax credit program over a decade ago, the impact has grown exponentially. In many cases, the only way to save a historic building is to use these programs. In addition, the rehabilitation made possible by the tax credits has created jobs and leveraged local, private investment. Despite this success, the federal historic tax credit program is in danger. Deficit reductions could eliminate one of the primary federal ...

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Sturdevant House: Urgent Call for Action

Posted on July 23rd, 2011 11:45 am

Preservation Iowa has been helping descendants of Ira and Asenath Sturdevant preserve the historic Sturdevant home in Waverly, damaged during the 2008 floods. Built of brick in 1855 and 1856, the Ira and Asenath Sturdevant house is the oldest surviving dwelling in Waverly, Iowa. When the restoration is finished, it will be opened ...

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FY 2011 Historic Preservation Funding is at Stake!

Posted on February 5th, 2011 9:00 am

Preservation Iowa joins Preservation Action in this call to action! The funding levels for the federal government are currently being provided through a Continuing Resolution (CR) that expires on March 4, 2011. This CR, as result of Congress being unable to agree on a budget, extended funding for FY 2011 at FY 2010 levels. ...

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Save the Windows!

Posted on November 20th, 2010 9:00 am

An epidemic of window replacement is sweeping the country! The best hope for saving historic windows is to spread the word about the benefits of retaining and repairing existing windows. What's wrong with installing new windows? When you tear out historic windows, you are wasting the embodied energy used to ...

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Help Save America's Treasures

Posted on April 3rd, 2010 11:00 am

As currently proposed, the federal budget plans to eliminate funding for two critical preservation programs: Save America's Treasures and Preserve America. It also plans to cut funding to National Heritage Areas. Iowa's historic resources have benefitted greatly from each of these programs and we need your help to convince Iowa's ...

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We Need Your Help to Protect Iowa's Historic Tax Credit Program

Posted on January 2nd, 2010 11:00 am

Governor Culver, department directors, and state legislators are currently assessing the State Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program, along with all other Iowa tax credit programs. During 2010's legislative session, it is anticipated substantial changes will be made to Iowa's tax credit programs. A Des Moines ...

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IHPA Supports Changes to the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program

Posted on October 10th, 2009 9:45 am

As we continue to advocate for the State Historic Tax Credit Program, IHPA is keeping an eye on proposed changes to the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the federal tax credit is the nation's "largest federal incentive promoting urban and rural revitalization ...

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IHPA Supports State Historic Tax Credit Improvements...Join us!

Posted on March 22nd, 2009 5:41 pm

The State Legislature is poised to increase the Historic Rehabilitation Income Tax Credits from $20 million to $50 million per year. This would result in a minimum of $200 million per year in qualified expenditures on structure rehabilitation in our Iowa towns and cities. This would provide a tremendous boost to local economy's ...

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Your Help Needed for Federal Flood Recovery Funding

Posted on July 15th, 2008 12:00 am

Fellow supporters of historic preservation, we need your help today. Iowa has suffered millions of dollars of damage to historic properties that are such an important part of the fabric of our society. Two important pieces of legislation related to disaster recovery are working their way through Congress. With these ...

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Iowa barn-owners need your help!

Posted on February 16th, 2008 4:00 pm

The Iowa Senate Agriculture Committee is working to pass Senate File (SF) 2075, which expands the rehabilitated barn property tax exemption from 1936 to 50 years of age as the qualification date. This successful program has had unintended limitations due to the exclusion of barns built after 1936. With the newly expanded criteria we ...

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Tomb of the Unknown Needs Your Help

Posted on October 22nd, 2007 12:00 am

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is working to help save the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. Officials want to replace the original monument with a replica without determining first whether the original can be repaired. The 1932 monument is nationally significant and irreplaceable in the hearts and ...

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