Deadline approaching for Visionaries program

AUSTIN — Has the hometown you used to know disappeared? Do you wish you could help bring local businesses back downtown? Then don't miss the Aug. 28 deadline to nominate your community for the Texas Historical Commission's (THC) 2010 Visionaries in Preservation (VIP) Program. With the assistance and guidance provided by the VIP Program, communities gain the opportunity to plan for the future and implement revitalization projects.

Small communities with historic pasts are the places that make Texas' rural landscape so unique. However, many of these communities have been neglected and affected by urban sprawl.

The VIP Program empowers Texas communities to shape the future of their historic preservation efforts through visioning and planning by providing training and assistance tailored to achieve local preservation goals.

Communities can apply to formally participate in the VIP Program or receive technical assistance on existing preservation planning activities.

The VIP Program helps establish a path to capture these benefits utilizing an innovative planning process known as "visioning." Visioning is a tool that brings communities together to develop a shared image of their future and the steps needed to achieve specific goals.

By joining the VIP Program, professionals, volunteers and students can help their hometowns visualize and plan for a vital future using historic preservation.

Participants will be selected based on readiness, local support, historic resources and other relevant factors. Other cities involved in the VIP Program include Belton, Dallas, Paris, Waxahachie, Cuero, Rio Grande City, Uvalde, Marfa, San Saba, San Angelo and Corsicana.

To learn more about the THC's VIP Program and for a complete list of participating communities visit or contact Josh Lasserre at 512-463- 3345.

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