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SHPO Presents at DEED Training Workshops

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Staff–Mary Ann Heidemann, Kelly Gragg-Johnson, and Leslie Coburn–met face-to-face with grants administrators from Greater Minnesota who frequently send projects to SHPO for review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (1966).  The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) had invited SHPO environmental review staff to explain compliance with federal preservation law at training workshops held June 18-20, 2013, in Bemidji, Alexandria, and Mankato.  Workshop attendees administer grants funded by the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency and distributed by DEED through a program that targets areas within smaller communities for rehabilitation and economic development, called the Small Cities Development Program.  Consultation with SHPO about the impact program activities may have on historic properties, in compliance with the Preservation Act,  is just one of the many program requirements grants administrators must follow.  Coincidentally, while in the Bemidji area, manager Mary Ann Heidemann collected an award from the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Forest Service recognizing her participation, through Section 106 process, in planning for the sensitive rehabilitation of the Rabideau CCC Camp, a National Historic Landmark in Chippewa National Forest.