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I have never visited a downtown with a successful record of economic revitalization where historic preservation wasn’t a key element of the strategy.
Donovan Rypkema

Services: Place


Sense of Place Services

Community Heritage Group services come in a variety of formats: lectures, half- and full-day workshops, surveys, longer-term consulting arrangement, and other assistance. CHG staff will also work with you to craft a program specific to your needs.

Lectures (30-90 minutes)

  1. What Do We Mean By "Place"? The theory of place and its development in our national psyche. Why are "place-based" initiatives growing in popularity? Using place to differentiate your community.

  2. Nature and Economic Development. How nations, municipalities, and businesses are adopting "green" principles for economic benefit.

Suggested Audiences: Visioning programs, city staffs and commissions, businesses and corporations, museum staffs and boards, tourism agencies, historic preservation groups, environmental and land-use organizations, economic development agencies, town hall activities.

Workshops (half- or full-day)

  1. Finding "Place" in Your Town. Exercises that help participants uncover the built, natural, and cultural ingredients of "place."

  2. The Economics of Historic Preservation. Why it’s often less expensive to save old buildings than tear them down. How businesses are retrofitting historic structures for economic development.

Suggested Audiences: Visioning programs, city staffs and commissions, businesses and corporations, museum staffs and boards, tourism agencies, historic preservation groups, economic development agencies.

Other Services

  1. Place-Based Surveys. CHG can design and implement surveys that tell elected officials what residents or tourists think are the central ingredients of their town’s sense of place – and how to improve on them.

  2. Grant Writing. Is your town submitting a grant proposal to rehabilitate a historic building? Are you applying to a government agency to create a more urban, historic streetscape? Our experienced and successful grant writers can help.

  3. Business Plans. Does your business want to position itself to respond to new consumer or employment trends associated with the public’s growing interest in "place"?

  4. Consulting Contracts. CHG can enter into a long-term arrangement with your community or organization to help shape, implement, and interpret an extensive place-based survey instrument.

What’s To Know

  1. Lectures and workshops usually include handouts and PowerPoint presentations.

  2. Workshops often include "mapping" exercises so participants can "see" the results of their choices.

Contact Us

  1. For pricing and scheduling information click here.

  2. For address, phone, fax, and other contact information, click here.

  3. Questions? Call CHG at 602-252-9123 or email: info@communityheritagegroup.com.

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