Valdosta Hosts Preservation Training Workshop on Section 106

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Winnie Wright
June 5, 2014

Valdosta, GA - Local and state officials from Georgia are learning how to properly preserve historic properties in the state.

The City of Valdosta hosted a one-day training workshop on the National Historic Preservation Act Thursday. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says thousands of construction projects affect historic properties in Georgia each year. In the workshop, leaders learned how to ensure city and state projects don't affect historic places.

"Well, I think historic preservation is important for any community, including Valdosta. If you preserve your buildings and protect them, it provides a sense of place. I think it encourages economic development. It helps people understand the role of their history in their day-to-day life", says Leigh Burns, with the Historic Preservation Divison at the GA Dept. of Natural Resources.

Burns says she is happy that Valdosta hosted the event, because the city has maintained many of their historic buildings. For more information on historic preservation visit

The city of Valdosta is encouraging citizens to take a look at the history that came before them. Historic buildings and places within the city is what officials are referring to.

The Historic Preservation Commission in Valdosta is gearing up for a preservation training workshop on June 5. Until then, officials say construction projects affect historic properties all the time in the state, and it's important to save those buildings.

"Historic buildings and places define the cities heritage and defines what a city is. Heritage tourism is huge now, and people go to places just to research local history and see historic places and get that experience, so historic preservation provides a sense of place," said Historic Preservation Planner Emily Foster.

The training workshop, called Section 106 For Georgia, will start at 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the City Hall Annex Building on June 5, 2014.

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