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Economic Impact Study Presentation

Completion of Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation represents another important milestone in Oklahoma’s statewide preservation program. The Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, produced the study. Dr. David Listokin and Dr. Michael Lahr, et al of Rutgers, were the principals, and Dr. Dan S. Rickman, Oklahoma State University, worked closely with them to complete the property valuation analysis portion of the study. Rutgers developed, under contract to the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, the input/output model used for this and many similar studies across the nation. It is known as the Preservation Economic Impact Model.

The study included a detailed analysis of the economic impacts of general rehabilitation work in Oklahoma; of redevelopment completed under the federal and state rehabilitation tax credits programs; of the Oklahoma Main Street Program; of heritage tourism initiatives; and of local historic district designation. The executive summary will provide a concise statement about how these activities are contributing to our statewide and local economies and places our efforts in a national context (hard copies will be available).

The full report is now available on this website by clicking on the link below. We believe that the study offers community leaders in the public and private sectors the data they have long needed to support improvements in public policy that will not only stimulate our economy, but will result in improved preservation of the buildings, structures, sites, districts, objects, and landscapes that represent Oklahoma's unique heritage.

Economic Impact Study - executive summary only (PDF)
Economic Impact Study - complete (PDF)