October 15-17, Newark, Ohio

Ohio's Premier Preservation & Revitalization Conference in Partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office

Join us in historic downtown Newark for 3 days of inspiring educational sessions on historic preservation and downtown revitalization! 

Conference Sponsors

A special thanks to the sponsors who make our conference possible every year!

Conference Registration

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Early Bird: Heritage Ohio Members

$ 300
  • Full Conference Ticket

Legacy Circle Reception

Add-on to Conference Admission: Legacy Circle Reception Tickets

$ 250
  • Legacy Circle Ticket

Early Bird: Non-Members

$ 350
  • Full Conference Ticket

Conference Schedule

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Introduction to Ohio Building Code

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Updates to the Ohio Building Code

Intermediate Session: The experts at Marous Brothers construction will share updates to the Ohio Building Code and how code can affects historic preservation projects.

Downtown Design Charrette

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Midland Theatre

Heritage Ohio Annual Awards & Film Fest

Join us as we celebrate the best in Ohio historic preservation & community revitalization.

8:30 am - 9:30 am Midland Theatre


Welcome to the 2024 Heritage Ohio Annual Conference. Our opening address will be delivered by Chief Billy Friend of the Wyandotte Nation.

Photo of Chief Billy Friend Billy Friend
9:45 am - 10:45 am NEWORK

The National Register of Historic Places: Creating & Amending National Register Historic Districts

Barb Powers
9:45 am - 10:45 am

Story Maps for Historical & Architectural References

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Debunking the Parking MYTH with Facts

Parking is almost always the number one PERCEIVED issue within downtowns. These perceptions are creating less walkable or pedestrian friendly corridors. In order to help provide statistical data on utilization and guidance on increased efficiency, a detailed assessment must be prepared. This process is a downtown parking evaluation. This lecture will deep dive into how to perform a parking evaluation, review utilization, and integrate consumer technology into the review process. Participants who attend this lecture will be provided with strategies, a framework, and a defined process for conducting this review. Also, a series of graphic materials and templates will be reviewed and made available for use by all participants. This will allow everyone to table the parking perception problems head-on with numbers and figures, not just ideas.

Photo of Ben Levenger Ben Levenger
11:00 am - 12:00 pm NEWORK

The National Register of Historic Places: Stating Significance & Assessing Historic Integrity

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm NEWORK

Ohio & Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Photo of Lisa Brownell Lisa Brownell
Mariangela Pfister
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Low-Cost High-Impact Events

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Lobby

Tour: Newark & Octagon Earthworks

Tour the UNESCO-recognized Newark & Octagon Earthworks with Brad Lepper & Jen Aultman. TICKET REQUIRED.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Street Networking

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Incentives for Successful Historic Rehabilitation Projects

Beyond historic preservation tax credits, what other financial tools are available to finance projects? Such incentives are more important than ever with credit markets tightening in the current inflationary high interest rate environment. In this session, we will take an in-depth look at the power of combining available incentives, with a primary focus on New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs), Opportunity Zones, tax increment financing (TIF), property tax abatements, TMUD, and PACE financing. We will also discuss such practical experiences as considerations related to retaining vs. syndicating federal historic tax credits (HTC), closing HTC and NMTC syndication transactions, obtaining bridge financing, and choosing a good team of consultants to complete HTC projects. By presenting examples of actual deal structuring for some great historic properties, this session shows you how these and other programs work, how they can function together, and how you can work with the government agencies, investors, lenders, accountants, attorneys, and preservation consultants who can bring these incentives to your project. Note: our session is intended for those with a basic knowledge of project development. A significant amount of time is made available for questions so that participants can apply what they have learned.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Ballroom

Vendor Reception

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Lobby

Tour: The Home Building Association Company Building

Take a hardhat tour of the renovation project at The Home Building Association Company Building in downtown Newark. One of only eight banks designed by noted American architect Louis Sullivan, it is both a national treasure and a treasured piece of Central Ohio’s heritage. Through the years, the Sullivan Building was also home to a butcher shop, a jewelry store and eventually an ice cream parlor. With each new tenant the interior was altered, but the building’s historic and architectural significance never changed. In 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. TICKET REQUIRED.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Legacy Circle Reception

Thank you to our Legacy Circle Supporters for investing in the mission of Heritage Ohio. This reception is hosted by GBX Group and sponsored by Marous Brothers Construction. TICKET REQUIRED.

8:30 am - 9:30 pm NEWORK

African-American Resources & The National Register

Photo of Diamond Crowder Diamond Crowder
9:45 am - 10:45 am

Corporate Site Selection & Quality of Place

For many companies choosing where to locate a facility, the cost of doing business and economic development incentives at a site are only part of the equation. With the challenge of recruiting a high-quality workforce, many corporate site location projects also measure the quality of place of a region. Regions with affordable housing, vibrant Downtowns, walkable communities, parks, and greenspace are attractive to a wide range of the workforce of the future. The Montrose Group has created a Quality of Place index that can be part of their corporate site location process. Regions such as Newark, Ohio are working to address their quality of place through a redevelopment of their Downtown with the historic Newark Arcade at the center of that effort. Leaders from the Montrose Group will provide an outline of how their Quality of Place index works and Newark Development Partners will provide an overview of the vision and public and private sector funding that has turned that vision into a reality at the Newark Arcade during their panel presentation at the Heritage Ohio Annual Conference.

Photo of David Robinson David Robinson
9:45 am - 10:45 am

Symbolism in Cemeteries

Photo of Krista Horrocks Krista Horrocks
9:45 am - 12:00 pm NEWORK

Workshop: Surveying Homes & Workplaces

Learn tips for conducting survey of residential neighborhoods and downtown commercial districts. After an introduction to the Ohio Historic Inventory, attendees will venture out into downtown Newark and will practice surveying and documenting historic buildings in the central business district.

Photo of Carrie Simmons Carrie Simmons
Photo of Petra Knapp Petra Knapp

The Shifting Landscape of Advocacy in Ohio

Republican Gene Krebs and Democrat Sean Logan, both former Ohio House members, discuss the shifting landscape of policy advocacy in Ohio, the forces involved and how to best approach your local elected officials, using the time tested techniques plus new approaches. With decades of experience and hard knocks, these two friends discuss how to advocate, and then open up the floor to listen to the problems advocates are encountering in their communities, and offer expert opinions.

Photo of Gene Krebs Gene Krebs

We hope to see you in downtown newark in october!

Licking County Courthouse