On Wednesday, August 12, APA-NC President John Morck, Past President Ben Hitchings, and other N.C. planners and historic preservationists went to the Historic Statehouse in Raleigh to attend a press event calling for the restoration of the North Carolina Historic Tax Credit.
The Historic Tax Credit has provided $1.6 billion in investment in cities and towns to restore historic structures and revitalize main streets and downtown areas across the state since 1998.
Planners and other historic preservation advocates then visited legislators to encourage North Carolina state senators to follow the lead of their counterparts in the House, who overwhelmingly passed House Bill 152 to restore the credit.
APA-NC members were well represented at the event, including Annette Stone from Carrboro, Kermit Skinner and Erin Burke from Manteo, Craig Harmon from Fayetteville, and Kimberly Van Dyk and LuAnn Monson from Wilson.
Planners and local leaders are encouraged to reach out to their legislators to let them know how the Historic Tax Credit has helped catalyze private investment, create jobs, and revitalize main streets and downtowns in their community. Please thank House members for passing H.152 to restore the Historic Tax Credit, and encourage Senators to take up the bill and pass it. Communities large and small across the state need this tool to help ensure their economic success in the years ahead!