Certified Local Government Program
Local Government (CLG) program is a partnership between municipal governments, the
Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO), and the National
Park Service (NPS) that promotes and supports effective historic preservation
programs and policies in Pennsylvania municipalities. Designation is a mark of
distinction that provides participating communities with credibility, as well
as access to technical assistance and grant programs; it means that the
municipality follows best practices and views preservation as an integral part
of its community and economic development.
The CLG Program in
The CLG program in
Pennsylvania recognizes the unique characteristics of the Commonwealth’s
communities while promoting technical, legal, and procedural best practices
that are common to all participating communities. The CLG program in Pennsylvania:
Establishes standards and distributes guidance for best practices in municipal historic preservation programs;
Engages CLGs in implementing State and Federal historic preservation programs;
Provides technical and financial support for projects that increase local capacity and implement best practices related to historic resources;
Facilitates networking and the exchange of ideas among CLGs; and
Facilitates training opportunities for municipal leaders.
Benefits to Being a
The CLG program provides
exclusive benefits to participating communities, including a dedicated grant
program, specialized technical assistance, and participation in the National
Register of Historic Places nomination process.
The CLG Grant Program
provides funding to develop the tools, products, programs, and services municipalities need to administer their local preservation programs effectively and in accordance with the CLG program guidelines.
Designing for Preservation Solutions
provides free design services to CLGs and related community organizations. Examples of eligible projects include façade renderings, reuse strategies, accessibility issues, and code compliance analysis.
Guidance for Preservation Solutions
is a technical assistance program that provides CLGs with free, comprehensive advice from the PA SHPO on cultural resource issues and projects in their communities.
the tangible benefits, being a CLG also provides credibility and distinction to
a community’s preservation programs. The
certification requirements and performance standards are intended to provide
residents, property owners, elected officials, and other stakeholders with
confidence that the community is following best practices while meeting its
legal and ethical obligations.
are currently 45 CLGs throughout Pennsylvania.
Preservation Coordinator for your region for more information about the CLG program.