Revitalizing Main Street with Tax Credits

| Tuesday, May 20 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Room: Richard A | Session Tracks: RE, EI, PP

Historic buildings along our Main Streets stand to benefit most from efforts underway in Washington to improve the historic tax credit program. Learn how the program currently works from those who have successfully renovated historic Main Street properties. Barbara Sidway, who rehabilitated the award-winning Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City, Oregon and other experts will describe initial considerations before seeking the federal historic tax credit and share their experience using the credit. Michael Phillips from NTCIC will describe proposed legislative changes to the historic tax credit program and how these changes will greatly benefit Main Street communities. The panel will also share what Main Street managers and their boards can do to help pass this important legislation.


Barbara G. Sidway, National Main Street Center Board Chair
Barbara G. Sidway is a private developer who restores and manages historic properties in partnership with her husband Dwight. Award-winning projects include the Geiser Grand Hotel, the Oddfellows Building, the Biltmore Hotel, Venetian Pool, and the Freedom Tower.

Michael Phillips, National Trust Community Investment Corporation
Michael is Public Policy Manager for National Trust Community Investment Corporation. He specializes in garnering advocacy for the federal Historic Tax Credit nationwide. Michael has over 13 years of government affairs related experience. Prior to joining NTCIC, Michael was President of Phillips Associates, Inc. where he performed advocacy and represented multiple national non-profits, for-profit industry, national governing bodies in sports, and served as a conservation consultant on transportation and historic preservation issues.