Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Award Type: Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence

Minnesota is a land of 10,000 lakes – and just as many one-of-a-kind historic sites. Places like the Rock Island Swing Bridge, the Androy Hotel, the Thorstein Veblen Farm, and the Big Fish Supper Club are all unique, but they share one common denominator – the involvement of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.  

The Preservation Alliance, which was established by a group of concerned citizens in 1981, has grown into a high-performing grassroots advocacy organization focused on key preservation issues, public policy, promotion, and education. For 11 years, the Alliance waged an advocacy campaign for the establishment of a state historic preservation tax credit. In 2009, a new partnership with over 50 organizations linked to construction and labor unions helped align the preservation message with the legislative priority of job creation. On April 1, 2010, the Minnesota legislature passed one of the most progressive historic rehabilitation tax credit programs in the nation, which has yielded an investment of more than $9 per $1 credited and almost 3,000 new jobs.Also in 2010, the Preservation Alliance concluded a three year effort to re-launch the Minnesota Main Street Program now operating under the umbrella of the organization.  It has since welcomed five designated Main Streets and 23 associate-level communities.

“The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has had an impact on nearly every town across the state” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “From legislative successes like the state tax credit to the re-launch of the Minnesota Main Street Program, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota works hard every day to keep Minnesota a special place.”