League seeks entries for 2014 Preservation Awards, video contest

The Preservation League of New York State is seeking nominations for its 2014 Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize significant achievements in historic preservation throughout New York State.

The postmark deadline for nominations is Feb. 13. The awards will be presented during the Preservation League's Annual Meeting on May 14 in New York City at the historic New York Yacht Club.

"Preservation and reuse of our historic buildings is fundamental to the economic revitalization of our cities, towns, and villages," said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League, in a release from the league. "The restoration of our historic neighborhoods, Main Streets, and underutilized buildings continues to create jobs, provide housing, promote tourism, stimulate private investment, and conserve energy, resources, and open space.”

The league especially encourages nominations that may provide case studies or models incorporating energy efficiency, adaptive reuse, or New York's Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.

Videos of between one and two minutes in length will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and rated for content, creativity, and video quality. Finalists' videos will be posted on the League's Facebook page in April, and the winner will be determined by the number of "likes" received. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube and tagged with PLNYS-2014-future by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 14.

The award-winning video will be screened at the League's Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the New York Yacht Club on Wednesday, May 14, and the winner will receive $500 and a pair of complimentary tickets to the event.

Complete guidelines for the awards program and the video contest, as well as links to previous award winners, may be found on the Preservation League's website at www.preservenys.org. For additional information on the awards please contact the Preservation League by phone at 462-5658, ext. 17; or by e-mail at awards@preservenys.org.

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