MHPN Executive Director Honored with the Community Economic Developent Advocate of the Year Award, April 26, 2016
The Community Economic Development Advocate of the Year award goes to an organization or individual who has done the most to advance community economic development in Michigan. This year, CEDAM is recognizing Nancy Finegood. Nancy has spent her professional career working to form connections, secure resources and provide an understanding of the value that healthy and historic neighborhoods bring to Michigan residents and the economy.
Nancy understands the full impact of historic preservation, rehabilitation, Main Streest and other components to sustain healthy neighborhoods and works tirelessly to advocate and secure resources for them. She has served for a number of years as the exectutive director for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and is active partner with a number of other organizations including the Michigan Vacant Property Campaign, CEDAM’s Policy Committee, the MiNeighborhoods Program and the Sense of Place Council. She is constantly connecting people with information and shares messages widely to advocate for resouces that protect Michigan’s neighborhoods, including direct outreach to educate legislators and showcase the full effect of nonprofit and volunteer work.
State Rep. Andy Schor Presents Special Tribute to the M.H.P.N., September 9, 2014
State Representative Andy Schor (68th District) stopped by the Old Town office of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network during the monthly meeting of the Executive Committee on September 9, 2014, to present a State of Michigan Special Tribute.
In the preamble, the Tribute states that “…it is with great pleasure that we commend and congratulate the Michigan Historic Preservation Network….(on) their beautiful new location at the Thelma Joyce Osteen Comfort Station. We applaud their hard work and dedication toward preserving Michigan’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.”
The Tribute states in closing that “The Michigan Historic Preservation Network brings owners of residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and agricultural property together in an effort to maintain and reinforce local character. It is a pleasure to watch as they breathe new life into Michigan’s cultural and architectural treasures. As the largest membership organization in the state dedicated to cultural and architectural preservation, the MHPN performs a pivotal role in transforming Michigan for the future.”
The Special Tribute was signed by Andy Schor, State Representative, The Sixty-Eight District; Tom Cochran, State Representative, The Sixty-Seventh District; Gretchen Whitmer, State Senator, The Twenty-Third District; and Rick Snyder, Governor.
Rep. Schor stayed and talked with the group of approximately ten MHPN leaders about recent activities in the Statehouse, and legislation of interest to the MHPN constituency that is pending or recently passed. Pictures were taken, and the plaque will occupy a prominent spot in the Comfort Station along with the MHPN’s other honors and recognitions.
2011 David Evans Historic Preservation Award
2011 recipient of the David Evans Historic Preservation Award was the Michigan Historic Preservation Network for the adaptive reuse of the Thelma Joyce Osteen Comfort Station for their new headquarters.
2010 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation
On May 5, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) along with the City of Kalamazoo was recognized for their highly successful Window Rehabilitation Workshops with a 2010 Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation Award.
2010 Michigan Downtown’s Conference Award for Green Project of the Year (Small Scale) with the City of Kalamazoo
2007 National Trust for Historic Preservation Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence and the Historical Society of Michigan Institutional Award
The fall of 2007 has been a particularly rewarding time of year for Michigan’s statewide historic preservation organization, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN). First, on Friday, September 28th, during their 133rd annual State History Conference held in Macomb County, Michigan, the Historical Society of Michigan presented the MHPN with its Institutional Award. Then, just one week later, on the evening of October 4, 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) presented MHPN Executive Director and Board with the Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence. The NTHP award was presented as part of the Honor Awards Ceremony held in St. Paul, Minnesota during the Twin Cities 2007 National Preservation Conference.
The two awards were hard won, requiring 27 years of effort by the group in protecting Michigan’s cultural and architectural heritage. When notified of the awards, MHPN Executive Director Nancy Finegood said, “MHPN is doing an excellent job, now more than ever, of insuring Michigan’s future by helping people throughout the state to protect and enhance the places that matter to them.”