Cleveland hosts preservation conference

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WASHINGTON – The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Conference will be hosted Oct. 8-13 in Cleveland.

The National Trust is working closely with the Cleveland Restoration Society and Ohio preservationists to bring together more than 2,000 preservationists from across the country to focus attention on nationwide historic preservation issues and to explore the work being done in the Cleveland area.

Co-sponsoring the conference are the U.S. General Services Administration and the National Park Service, which work closely with the National Trust and local preservation groups to maintain historic federal properties and park land.

Among other topics, conference sessions will address ways to build and strengthen partnerships with national developers by focusing on mutual interests and creative ways to reach shared goals.

“Cleveland – with its preservation-based housing, theaters, apartments, retail space and hotels – is home to some of the nation’s most sophisticated preservation work,” said Ronald A. Ratner, executive vice president of Forest City Enterprises, a principal sponsor of the event.

“The restored theaters of the city’s Playhouse Square are now the second largest performing arts center in the country,” he added, “and Forest City’s own renovations of Cleveland’s art deco Tower City Center, the Halle Building and the former Main Post Office rank among the city’s showcase pieces.”

The theme of National Preservation Conference 2002, Cities, Suburbs and Countryside, focuses on preservation-based revitalization of downtown areas, inner-city neighborhoods and older suburbs, as well as strategies to protect and rejuvenate the surrounding countryside.

Nearly 100 plenary and educational sessions will be offered. Field sessions will tour the various historic preservation sites in Cleveland.

Additional information speakers and programs will be announced throughout the year. For more information visit www.nthpconference.org or phone 202-588-6141.

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