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Young Preservationist Association of Pittsburgh releases its new list of the Top Ten Preservation Opportunities in the Pittsburgh Area.




Since 2003, YPA has
celebrated historic preservation
with its annual list of the Top Ten
Best Preservation Opportunities
in the Pittsburgh Area. The list,
compiled from nominations
received from various individuals
and organizations, is a great way
to highlight the power of
Since the list was first published, only three sites have been lost. YPA’s companion
report, “The Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Southwestern Pennsylvania,”
demonstrates the immense economic impact that historic preservation has had on various
communities.  The data show that over the last seven years, more than $80 million has been
invested into properties placed on YPA’s Top 10 List.

The Top Ten Report was released at YPA’s Preservation Month Celebration, held at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, on May 21st.

YPA counted down the Top Ten on its blog, “Give Life to History!”

The blog can be accessed at http://youngpreservationistsassociation.blogspot.com/
Download a copy of the Top Ten report here: Top Ten Report 2010
Here is a copy of YPA’s new report, “Homage to the Fallen: The Top Ten Buildings We Wish We Had Back” Homage to the Fallen May 2010



 YPA Releases New Report: Historic Preservation Creates Jobs!









On May 20, 2010, YPA and Pennsylvania Works! released a new report that details the economic impact of historic preservation in southwestern Pennsylvania. The report, called “The Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Southwestern Pennsylvania,” demonstrates the power of historic preservation to stimulate investment, generate taxes, create new housing units, and create jobs for Pennsylvanians that cannot be outsourced.

The report shows that in ten counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, over a five-year period, 2004 to 2009, historic preservation projects created:

> $475 million total investment,
> $65.6 million in taxes generated,
> 1,204 new housing units,
> 5.2 million square feet of space, and
> 3,042 permanent jobs.

The report measured the economic impact of historic preservation among YPA’s list of the Top Ten Best Preservation Opportunities, historic Main Street and Elm Street communities, and federal historic tax credit projects.

At a time when jobs are paramount, there’s no better way to stimulate the economy than through reinvesting in our core communities and historic structures.

Download a copy of the report here: Economic Impact in SW PA

YPA and Pennsylvania Works! call on the Pennsylvania legislature to pass a state law that provides incentives to owners of historic properties to preserve and reuse their old buildings. For the past ten years, the Pennsylvania legislature has been considering this legislation, but has failed to act. The time to act is now in order to put people back to work and invigorate the struggling economy.

The proposed legislation would provide direct grants to owners of historic properties to be used for building rehabilitation. It provides $15,000 for owners of residential properties, and up to $500,000 for owners of commercial properties. These funds not only fix up historic properties, but they employ local skilled labor that cannot be outsourced.

This economic impact report underscores the need for Pennsylvania to adopt this preservation incentive legislation to extend the economic benefits of preservation to all communities across the Commonwealth. Preservation puts people back to work, restores our core communities, and reinvigorates the tax base.

This new economic impact report is the definition of YPA’s slogan, “Give Life to History.”


YPA Press Release: YPAPressRelease 5-20-10

YPA CEO’s Remarks: YPA CEO Remarks 5-20-10


YPA is a regional provider of value-added preservation services that encourage the participation of young people in historic preservation. YPA provides events, tours, research, training, technical assistance, and special projects that encourage the next generation to take a leadership role in preserving their communities. Incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, YPA is the only organization of its kind in the United States.

YPA’s events and publications resonate with young people. More than 1,200 people have participated in our education programs, events, tours, research, and partnerships. YPA is more than 350 members strong from 19 states, working to engage the next generation in historic preservation. YPA operates in the nine-county southwestern Pennsylvania region that includes the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland.

YPA is guided by a 15-member voting Board of Directors and a 28-member non-voting Advisory Committee. The organization’s founder, Dan Holland, is the organization’s CEO. YPA was incorporated with the PA Bureau of Charities in 2002 and received its permanent 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS in May 2007.

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