By Press Release Submitted to Published Oct 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

 Join us for an evening of presentations and discussion about the catalytic impact of historic tax credits for Milwaukee's neighborhoods featuring keynote speaker Donovan Rypkema. Donovan is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development consulting firm.

The firm specializes in services to public and nonprofit-sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and reuse of historic structures.

In 2004 Rypkema established Heritage Strategies International, a firm created to provide similar services to worldwide clients. He also teaches graduate courses in preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Following the presentation, a panel discussion will examine the current and future impact that historic building reuse could have on Milwaukee.

The panel will include:

  • Ald. Jose Perez: Milwaukee's 12th District
  • Ald. Robert Bauman: Milwaukee's 4th District
  • Leo Ries: Executive Director, LISC
  • Keith Stanley: Executive Director, Avenues West

A question and answer period will follow the panel discussion along with an update of the current status of the Wisconsin tax credit program

Wednesday, Oct. 29
5:30 p.m. -- Refreshments and networking
6:30 p.m. -- Keynote presentation and panel discussion

WE Energies -- Public Service Building Auditorium, 231 W. Michigan St.

All attendees are encouraged to RSVP by clicking here. Limited space available.

This event is co-sponsored by the Historic Preservation Institute (HPI) at UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning and the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA). Each organization is dedicated to the protection and proper stewardship of the rich architectural heritage of Milwaukee.

HPI offers service to the City of Milwaukee as a laboratory for study in building documentation, historic research; re-use proposals, and assessments of the economics of heritage retention. MPA is the community voice for historic preservation advocacy in Milwaukee.