Utah Preservation Conference Opening Night @ SLC Main Library Auditorium May 12 6:30 PM
Beginning with a internationally-renowned preservation economist, Utah Heritage Foundation will hold the Opening Night of our Fifth Annual 2011 Utah Preservation Conference on May 12, at 6:30 PM at the Salt Lake City Main Library, Nancy Tessman Auditorium. Opening Night is free and open to all members of the public. Click below for more information about Mr. Rypkema and the economics of preservation.
Don Rypkema is recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures. He is the principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. In 2004 Rypkema established Heritage Strategies International, a new firm created to provide similar services to world-wide clients. He also teaches a graduate course in preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rypkema is well known throughout the preservation world, but is making his way through the business and economic development world by peddling the power of preservation. With several case studies to support his claim that historic preservation is, in fact, profitable, he claims "development without downtown revitalization and historic preservation components is not sustainable."