Historic preservation conference set to help Iowa communities retain their heritage and meet housing and commercial needs

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Preserving the Past; Providing for the Future, a one-day statewide historic preservation conference designed to assist communities in retaining their architectural heritage, will be held Friday, July 14, at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel in Cedar Rapids.
"This event provides community leaders, preservationists, lenders and housing providers a forum in which they can both share information and learn from the experts," said Tom Aller, president of Investments - Alliant Energy. "Heartland Properties, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, is proud to co-sponsor this opportunity to enhance Iowa communities."
James Mann of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will kickoff the event as keynote speaker. A mobile workshop tour of the historic Osada Apartments and Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids will also be offered.
In addition to Heartland Properties, Inc., conference co-sponsors include the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.
"This conference will demonstrate how a community's existing infrastructure is an integral part of successful strategic economic development," said Curt Heidt, vice president of Community Investment - Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.
According to Heidt, there are a number of special programs that the Federal Home Loan Bank has available for communities through member financial institutions. The funding supports projects that take advantage of a community's assets, such as downtown renovations.
Tim Reinders, president of the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance, said the organization is proud to partner in a conference offering such a quality agenda.
"The state of Iowa is please to be involved in the opportunity to help stimulate development projects through public/private partnerships. The presenter list is top notch and the tour offers an excellent showcase of local preservation," said Reinders.
Reinders indicated that the Osada apartments are an award-winning adaptive re-use project, and the Brucemore mansion is the only National Historic Trust property in the state.
Heartland Properties, Inc., an Alliant Energy company, is a sponsor of high quality affordable housing for families and older adults in the Midwest. Part of Heartland Properties work involves the adaptive re-use of historic properties to meet housing needs. Alliant Energy provides electric, water, natural gas and steam to more than 1,000 communities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
The Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance is a private, non-profit statewide organization established in 1990 to build partnerships that enhance the economic and cultural future through preservation of Iowa's significant historic resources.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, which is wholly owned by its members and receives no taxpayer funding, provides money to local banks to help supply loans for housing and community investment.
For more information or to register for the conference call 1-800-942-4522 or follow this link.

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