Congressman Turner, Co-chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus, released the following statement after the House Natural Resource Committee’s passed his bill, H.R. 2817, the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act: 

“Today’s vote to advance the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act is an important step in reauthorizing this incredibly valuable preservation tool that has served Dayton, Ohio and states and communities across the country for nearly forty years.   

“The Historic Preservation Fund helped to establish the Wright-Dunbar Village Historic District, the West Dayton neighborhood that was once home to the Wright Brothers and African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.  Reauthorization of the Historic Preservation Fund is vital to state, local, and tribal historic preservation programs nationwide, and I look forward to consideration of my bill by the full House.”

Historic Preservation Fund (HPF):

Created in 1976, the HPF derives its funding from Outer Continental Shelf leases rather than tax-payer dollars.  The HPF achieves its preservation mission of documenting, preserving and utilizing America’s legacy of historic sites by providing funding to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and through, at times, competitive grants to identify and rehabilitate historic resources.  This essential support spurs job creating economic development and community revitalization making it an excellent dollar-for-dollar investment to foster economic growth.