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Preservation North Carolina Annual Conference to explore historic preservation’s impact on innovation, entrepreneurship and community revitalization in North Carolina

Preservation North Carolina’s annual conference is a gathering of home owners, preservationists, architects,
builders, planners, entrepreneurs, and others who love old buildings and places. From October 17-19, they will come together in Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington to network, learn, and be inspired by the positive impact of historic preservation.

Each year Preservation North Carolina travels to a different North Carolina town or city for the three day conference.
Hundreds of participants will meet to learn more about using historic preservation as a tool to enhance quality of life and promote sustainable economic development. This year’s theme is Preservation + Innovation. Keynote and educational sessions will highlight the ways innovators and entrepreneurs are revitalizing communities across North Carolina by utilizing old buildings for a variety of business ventures.

Speakers from across the state will discuss thought-provoking trends in preservation and innovation. Stephen Hill, President of Mother Earth Brewing; Cary Joshi, President of Social House Vodka; and Tony Sears, City Manager of Kinston, will share their experiences and talk about the intersection of innovation and preservation in Kinston, NC. James Perry, President of the Winston-Salem Urban League, will also talk about those connections. Nick Dawson, landscape architect and manager at Orton Plantation in Brunswick County, will highlight the recent discoveries there.

Conference activities will include a variety of educational sessions, tours, awards, and special events. New to this year’s conference is a Racial Equity Workshop led by the Racial Equity Institute in Greensboro. Most conference activities will be held at the beautiful Mid-Century Modern Blockade Runner Beach Resort at Wrightsville Beach, but attendees will also visit a number of historic treasures in nearby Wilmington including Preservation NC’s Bellamy Mansion, Thalian Hall, and Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Legacy Architectural Salvage store.

The yearly event is open to the public and registration is now open. Visit presnc.org/conference for registration information, conference schedule and more.

Founded in 1939, Preservation North Carolina (PNC) is North Carolina’s only private nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization. Its mission is to protect and promote buildings, landscapes and sites important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. Through its award-winning Endangered Properties Program, Preservation North Carolina acquires endangered historic properties and then finds purchasers to rehabilitate them. PNC’s Endangered Properties Program is widely regarded as the nation’s most successful program of its kind. For more information about the conference or Preservation North Carolina, call (919) 832-3652, email cgoodlett@presnc.org, or visit www.presnc.org

About The Author

Allison Barrett Carter

Allison is a freelance writer who relocated to Leland from Chapel Hill with her husband and two sons. After a career in content marketing and overseeing the launch of the NC Blogger Network, she was excited to find a career with the Magazines that merges her passions: journalism and online content to enhance community. Her creative writing essays have appeared in places such as New York Times, Washington Post, Today's parenting, Redbook, Verily Magazine, Women's Running, Role Reboot, elephant journal and numerous print anthologies, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and Double Bind (a Norton anthology). Allison loves watching her sons play on the beach and paddling the river behind their house.

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