Historic preservation workshop set

Historic preservation workshop set The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission will conduct a county-wide community meeting workshop on Nov. 9 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Washington Street Arts Center in Vermillion.

The workshop will generate information that will be used to guide future preservation decisions.

The Clay County Historic Preservation Commission has identified 40 county leaders as citizens with special expertise and community understanding who could significantly contribute to the planning process. Participants will work with their neighbors in small groups to identify sources of community pride, and develop strategies to enhance assets and improve liabilities.

"This process will provide the foundation for the development of a comprehensive county-wide historic preservation plan," said Kevin Jacobson, chairman of the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission, "and an established plan will serve as a source of information for owners of residential and commercial properties and will expedite the decision-making process for municipal and county government actions."

Benefits of a strong historic preservation program are measured in positive community self-image, high ratings on livability polls, and increased investment in existing commercial areas and residential neighborhoods.

Organized in 1985 as a county agency, the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission educates citizens about their heritage and its importance to Clay County's community development, strengthens preservation policies, and encourages economic development by preserving, protecting and celebrating Clay County's unique historic resources. Members are selected by the Clay County Board of Commissioners and serve two-year terms.

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