From old homes to new businesses, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) keeps Minnesota communities vibrant and growing. PAM, a nonprofit with a statewide focus, works with Minnesota homeowners, realtors, entrepreneurs and lawmakers to preserve the state’s rich culture through education and advocacy.
"The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is all about connecting people to historic places,” says PAM Executive Director Doug Gasek. “That’s our mission.”
PAM accomplishes this mission through a multifaceted approach. For realtors and homeowners, PAM offers workshops and classes designed to teach them how to appreciate Minnesota’s old homes. Realtors can take a two-day course to become “Old Home Certified,” while homeowners can learn how to restore old windows or rehab their historic homes. Meanwhile, communities throughout the state can register with PAM’s Minnesota Main Street program, which provides resources, networking and training opportunities for communities that want to revitalize their downtown districts.
In addition to offering support for revitalization efforts, PAM also works directly to preserve the communities throughout the state. For instance, PAM invests in historic real estate to further revitalization efforts that can ultimately benefit local residents and local small businesses.
“It’s important for us to invest in old places to create a sense of community,” Gasek says. “We need them for that cultural continuity from generation to generation.”
Not to mention, historic buildings often present valuable opportunities for local entrepreneurs. According to Gasek, new businesses can minimize costs by setting up shop in an older building with a lower rent. With PAM’s investment, these businesses have viable, yet affordable, places to begin building a local legacy.
“Local businesses create vibrant communities by really being the essence of their town,” Gasek says.
PAM also advocates on behalf of these local businesses and the historic communities they represent by engaging lawmakers in the state capital of St. Paul. Thanks to these multifaceted efforts, Minnesota communities can continue to prosper from the preservation of old homes and the growth of new businesses. For more information, visit www.mnpreservation.org.
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