historically grounded community revitalization

Passel assists government agencies, community residents, and businesses develop revitalization plans that include historical assets such as buildings, neighborhoods, and cultural institutions. As practitioners from Appalachia, we understand that creative solutions are often necessary to rebuild communities experiencing industrial decline.

As part of preservation-based economic development efforts, our community development work often includes conducting research related to building and land use histories, community and neighborhood profiles, and structural inventories. We are happy to partner with community planners and non-profits, and a number of our services compliment community revitalization efforts, including:

Architectural survey work (HABS/HAL/HAER) and National Register nominations
Oral history
Creating mission and vision statements for cultural organizations
Grant writing
Public presentations
Community and local history
Heritage developments plans
Visitors studies and audience engagement research

As we travel throughout the region, we often hear comments like “Wouldn’t it be great if more people visited downtown?” or, “it would be nice if more people knew the history of our community.” We agree and want to help.