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Mayors Coleman, Rybak Welcome Partners in Preservation to Minneapolis–Saint Paul
Mayors co-chairing grant-making initiative to preserve local historic places

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak today welcomed the announcement that Partners in Preservation has chosen the Minneapolis–Saint Paul region for a $1-million grant-making initiative to preserve local historic places.

Partners in Preservation is a 10-year project of American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Minneapolis–Saint Paul region is the sixth region in the country to participate in Partners in Preservation, after Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston and Seattle.

Mayors Coleman and Rybak co-chair the local Partners in Preservation advisory committee, which is composed of civic and historic-preservation leaders.

“American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have selected a passionate community for Partners in Preservation,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “We’re devoted to the preservation of our landmarks, which we use and admire every day. At a time when budgets are so tight, a grant program like this is very welcome. It will be a lot of fun to watch the Partners in Preservation program unfold in our region.”

 “Our shared cultural heritage is the foundation of our community and defines who we are,” said Mayor Rybak. “I’m very pleased that American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are willing to make this kind of philanthropic investment through Partners in Preservation. We will soon start rallying support to preserve some of our most cherished historic places.”

From September 20 to October 12, area residents will be able to vote for their favorite historic place from among 25 diverse projects. 
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