The National Park Service named Brian D. Goeken as Chief of the Technical Preservation Services office. Goeken currently oversees Chicago’s Historic Preservation Division of the city’s Zoning and Land Use Planning Department. He will manage a federal tax credit program that helps facilitate $4 billion a year in private investment in historic preservation.
According to the National Park Service, the Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings Program (http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/tax/index.htm) is the country’s largest, most successful, and most cost-effective community revitalization program. Since 1976, the program, administered by the National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service in partnership with state historic preservation offices (http://www.ncshpo.org/), has leveraged more than $58 billion in private investment to refurbish 37,000 historic properties. It has led to the restoration or creation of 425,000 housing units, including 110,000 low-to moderate-income units.