The Progress Fund will receive this year’s highest honors, the F. Otto Haas Award, from Preservation Pennsylvania at an awards ceremony in Harrisburg on October 12.
Mindy Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, said “The range of this year’s awards honorees — from loans and technical assistance to place-making and redevelopment — demonstrates that preservation has evolved from early focus on saving a single building into a powerful tool for economic stimulus and neighborhood revitalization.”
“We are extremely honored to receive this highest award from Preservation Pennsylvania in honor of their founding board member, F. Otto Haas ,” said John Dawes, Chair of The Progress Fund.
The Progress Fund evolved 20 years ago from a historic preservation effort across southwestern Pennsylvania. Since that time, the preservation and reuse of historic properties has been one of the fundamental strategies of our organization.
One of the targets of our lending has been to find and support those businesses that own and operate in historic properties. These buildings are significant assets valued by visitors and residents.