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Recapping the Arizona Preservation Foundation's 2022 Accomplishments

ADVOCACY

  • Supported federal legislation for Historic Tax Credits, Historic Preservation Fund, Japanese American Internment Camp Education, Land & Water Conservation Fund, and funding for SHPO

  • Supported federal legislation to protect the Grand Canyon, Great Bend of the Gila, and Oak Flats

  • Maintained strong partnerships with the National Preservation Partners Network, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Action; participated in the July NPPN Retreat in Buffalo and November PastForward Conference online

  • Advocated for the State Parks Heritage Fund in partnership with the Arizona Heritage Alliance

  • Drafted state public policy recommendations for Arizona’s new Governor and Secretary of State

  • Drafted white paper to chair of the Housing Supply Study Committee on historic preservation and affordable housing

  • Advocated for the removal of Confederate memorials on public property in Gold Canyon, Phoenix, Picacho Peak, and Sierra Vista. The first three have been removed.

  • Supported Preserve Phoenix in creating a "watch list" database and priority list for the City of Phoenix General Obligation Bond Program

  • Received the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy

ACTIVE PRESERVATION

  • Participated in regular meetings to discuss the renovation and revitalization of Camp Naco, Mountain View Officers Club, Painted Desert Community Complex, Route 66, and State Fairgrounds

  • Approved APF Jumpstart Grants to Preserve Phoenix to gain IRS nonprofit status and to the Grand Avenue Members Association to help create a Grand Avenue Historic District

  • Upon request, wrote letters of support for preservation initiatives/stances in dozens of communities

  • Board members contribute to preservation in their local communities of Chandler, Flagstaff, Litchfield Park, Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Tucson, Vail, and Yuma

PUBLIC EDUCATION

  • In partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office:

  • Organized 2022 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

  • Organized 2022 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards

  • Launched the Arizona African American Historic Preservation Coalition Initiative

  • Contributed to Certified Local Government Training Videos

  • Hosted ten presentations of the Arizona Preservation Webinar Series

  • Launched Arizona Preservation Book Club

  • Supported the AZ/NM Preservation Trades Training Initiative

  • Updated the Historic Preservation Resource Guide

  • Made hundreds of information referrals via phone, email, and website

  • Surveyed stakeholders, reviewed responses, and developed responses based on feedback

PUBLIC AWARENESS

  • Hired Alesha Adolph, Public Ally Apprentice, to assist with social media and targeted projects

  • Communicated to stakeholders and the public via our monthly e-newsletter and social media channels (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube)

  • Updated website and launched new features including a Blog, Book Club, and Preservation Shop

  • Served as the nonprofit sponsor of Arizona Tiki Oasis at Scottsdale’s midcentury Hotel Valley Ho

ARIZONA DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE

  • Sustained Main Street America membership and maintained partnerships with 10+ affiliated statewide organizations

  • Supported the federal “Revitalizing Small and Local Business Act”

  • Advocated for the State Parks Heritage Fund in partnership with the Arizona Heritage Alliance

  • Organized four sessions at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference in Yuma

  • Provided virtual/phone technical services for initiatives in Bisbee, Casa Grande, El Mirage, Eloy, Kingman, Mesa, Nogales, Safford, Vail, and Willcox

  • Sent timely news and information to stakeholders via a monthly e-newsletter, Facebook page, website, and “real time” communiques

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the Foundation's 2023 goals, feel free to send us a note.

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