Press Release

Report Finds Historic Preservation Practices Aids Colorado’s Economy

The Economic Power of Heritage and PlaceHow Historic Preservation is Building a Sustainable Future in Colorado, which was conducted by Clarion Associations.

The effort to gather information about the impacts of historic preservation practices in Colorado began in 1981.  The report examines historic preservation activities that took place from 2005 to 2011 in the context of the 31-year research period.  The report found that historic preservation practices continues to generate jobs and economic impacts, as well as highlights the beneficial ties between historic preservation and environmental sustainability practices.

Key findings include:

  • Since 1981, historic preservation projects in Colorado have created nearly 35,000 jobs and generated approximately $2.5 billion in direct and indirect economic impacts to Colorado’s economy.
  • Every $1 million spent on the preservation of buildings in Colorado generates approximately 32 new jobs.
  • Historic preservation projects help to enhance cultural vitality and identity, which in turn works to attract tourists and inspire community-based volunteerism.
  • Environmental sustainability goals can be incorporated into historic preservation practices.

“The study found that historic preservation projects tend to be more labor-intensive than new building projects, requiring the services of more specialized architects, engineers, construction workers, suppliers and support staff,” said Matt Goebel, Director of Clarion Associates and lead researcher for the report.

“This report was commissioned so that we could better understand the important role of historic preservation in the economy overall and an area’s economic health and well-being—from the neighborhood and community levels to the state as a whole,” said Lane Ittelson, Executive Director of the Colorado Historical Foundation.

“This report not only highlights the impact historic preservation has on Colorado’s economy, but also why historic preservation helps boost the vitality of a community through strengthening its sense of identity, opportunities for environmental sustainability and for heritage tourism,” said Ed Nichols, Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Officer.

Media Contact: Shannon Haltiwanger, 303-866-2049

About the Colorado Historical Foundation and History Colorado

The Colorado Historical Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that was established in 1965 to support history and preservation projects.  For more information visit

Established in 1879, the Colorado Historical Society – now known as History Colorado -- offers the public access to cultural and heritage resources of Colorado, including statewide museums and special programs for individuals and families, collection stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, educational resources for schools, students and teachers, services related to preservation, archaeology and history, and a research library.

The State Historical Fund (SHF), a program of History Colorado, awards grants to public and non-profit organizations to preserve Colorado’s architectural and archaeological treasures for public benefit. SHF receives funds for grants through a portion of tax revenues from limited-stakes gaming in the towns of Cripple Creek, Central City, and Black Hawk.

History Colorado is headquartered in the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. For more information, visit or call (303) HISTORY.