Executive Director Speaks at New Bedford Conference
On May 21st, Mary Anthony, executive director of The 1772 Foundation, Inc., was part of a panel presentation at a local preservation conference in New Bedford. Co-hosted by the New Bedford Historical Society and the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE), Building Neighborhoods, Preserving Our History was a day for networking and collaboration, intended to inspire a citywide discussion of how preservation drives economic development, a topic especially relevant in a community with over 80% of its housing stock classified as historic.
The panel, “When Preservation Drives Neighborhood Development,” was the jumping-off point for the conference’s presentations. In addition to Mary, the panelists were: Erin Kelly from Preservation Massachusetts; André Leroux from Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance; Tony Souza, historic preservationist; and Patrick Sullivan from the City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development. Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society moderated the panel.
The panelists discussed examples of preserved sites being catalysts for transformation of their surrounding neighborhoods and inspirations for nearby initiatives. Mary spoke about revolving loan funds and their nationwide use and impact.