As the number of skilled workers in the construction trades has plummeted in recent years, the shortage of skilled preservation craft workers has continued to grow. Restoration work on historic buildings simply cannot be done without skilled workers, making the training of new craftspeople a critical priority.
Saving our history starts with engaging young people today. Historic preservation is all about connecting places to people and building communities. In order to continue to advance the historic preservation movement for the future, we need to connect all people, from all cultures, diverse backgrounds, different walks of life and all ages to historic sites, cultural landscapes and sacred sites.
The ACHP promotes sustainable and resilient communities where historic properties are used as assets for promoting energy efficiency and community livability, and are prepared for climate impacts.
To advance utilization of the nation's historic federal buildings, the Leveraging Federal Historic Buildings Working Group helped the ACHP assess the status of outleasing, identify obstacles thereto, and develop recommendations for overcoming such obstacles. Outleasing is defined as the leasing and use by nonfederal partners of federal historic buildings (or portions thereof) not needed in the near-term by federal agencies.
The ACHP supports federal policies and programs that promote use of historic properties to revitalize local communities.
The changing demographics of America pose opportunities as well as challenges for the national historic preservation program.