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Andrew Rumbach and Douglas Appler (Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky) have written a new article on the role of the Main Street Program in post-disaster recovery plans and processes. Through case studies of disasters in Iowa, Colorado and Vermont, they find that the Main Street program has helped preservationists to overcome common barriers in recovery by bringing together diverse stakeholders, leveraging the strengths of pre-disaster networks and relationships, and linking the restoration and protection of historic resources to economic recovery. The paper establishes a new line of inquiry about collaborative governance approaches to historic preservation and disaster management.
The paper will appear in the Fall 2019 issue of the Journal of Preservation Education and Research.