PAM Wins National Award


Will O’Keefe
Communication & Programs Coordinator

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Receives National Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation Announces Preservation Alliance of Minnesota 2013 Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence Winner

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This award is given annually to a non-profit organization that has demonstrated sustained and superlative achievement in historic preservation. Other recent honorees include the Guam Preservation Trust and the Preservation Trust of Vermont. The Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence was presented to PAM staff and board members on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the National Preservation Conference in Spokane, WA.

“This is a tremendous honor. I’m pleased to be joining PAM, and am looking forward to continued success for the organization,” stated recently hired Executive Director, Doug Gasek. Previously, PAM was led by Bonnie McDonald, who left her position in June 2012 to become president of Landmarks Illinois. After hearing of the award, McDonald stated, “It was a privilege to be a part of PAM’s growth and success for over six years, but the organization was close to twenty-five years in the making before I came on board. We were able to build on that foundation, and the same assets of a strong board, staff, and membership make PAM’s future as bright as ever. I congratulate everyone affiliated with PAM in receiving this honor.”

The award was not given for one specific accomplishment, or even one particularly successful year. This was the culmination of many years of hard work by our staff, board members, members, volunteers and all preservation supporters in Minnesota. One of PAM’s paramount accomplishments was the successful passage of the State Rehabilitation Tax Credit in 2010. Under McDonald’s leadership, PAM became active in the Building Jobs Coalition, a group working to promote the creation of construction jobs during the height of the economic downturn, which proved to be a turning point in the effort. The state rehabilitation tax credit has already proven to be a success; in the first year alone, the total economic impact leveraged by the rehabilitation tax credit was $451 million, resulting in $9.20 in economic activity for every $1 credited by the state.

One of Minnesota’s best examples of the value of the State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, comes from Faribault where Chuck and Paul Mooty used the credit to help put the Faribault Woolen Mill back in operation. The mill was shuttered in 2009 and sold to the Mooty’s, who overhauled the internal systems of the plant to restore it to the original use. The Faribault Woolen Mill reopened in the fall of 2011, and has brought back many jobs to the community. Regarded as a model of energy efficiency, the rehabilitation and reopening of the mill demonstrates that economic and environmental sustainability do go hand-in-hand with historic preservation.

In 2010, PAM reinstated Minnesota Main Street. This program focuses on revitalizing the downtown commercial districts of Minnesota’s communities using the National Trust’s Main Street Four Point Approach®. By partnering with and advising local groups, significant economic investment is seen in local communities around the state. The reinvestment statistics compiled by the five designated Main Street communities since 2010 show that more people are opening businesses on Main Street (52 net new businesses, 11 expansions), working on Main Street (141 net new full-time jobs), and reinvesting in Main Street’s historic buildings ($4.8 million private and $5.2 million public).

PAM’s Partners in the Field grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which was matched by generous donations from eleven Minnesotans, allowed us to expand our efforts to support the work of local advocates. Over the past four-plus years, our full-time Field Representative has responded to hundreds of requests for assistance and directly engaged in more than sixty advocacy issues. In June 2012, PAM and the Cultural Landscape Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, filed a lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis seeking to prevent the demolition of Peavey Plaza, a nationally significant Modernist landscape that has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Our Field Services program continues to modify and improve our outreach efforts, which we hope will lead to a more preservation-conscious rehabilitation of Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis and the historic Kirkbride building in Fergus Falls, while growing preservation interest and practice in communities throughout the state.

We are thrilled to accept this award and look forward to building a stronger preservation ethic throughout the state.


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The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is the only statewide, private, non-profit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM was established in 1981 by citizens concerned about the loss of irreplaceable segments of our state’s heritage, structures, neighborhoods, and community fabric. Its mission is to “Preserve, Protect, and Promote Minnesota’s historic places.”

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