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ACRA Webinar: Section 106 Program Alternatives

  • 08/24/2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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The Section 106 review process can be tailored to specific situations using a variety of Program Alternatives. Join ACRA and ACHP staff to learn more about the Program Alternatives defined in the Section 106 implementing regulations (36 CFR Part 800) and explore the goals and benefits of current nationwide examples.

This webinar was designed and developed by the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, which is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time


Blythe Semmer, Assistant Director for Special Initiatives in the Office of Federal Agency Programs, has been with the ACHP for 15 years. Her position focuses on improving federal preservation planning and interagency coordination through policy and guidance development and by expanding educational outreach to Section 106 review participants. Blythe previously coordinated the Section 106 training program and has assisted a range of federal agencies with National Historic Preservation Act compliance during her time with the agency. Prior to joining the ACHP, she worked as preservation planner for Nashville's Metropolitan Historical Commission and in the Alabama State Historic Preservation Office. She holds an M.A. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design from the University of Maryland.

Laura Lavernia is a program analyst and liaison to the General Services Administration (GSA) in the Office of Federal Agency Programs (OFAP) at ACHP. She is responsible for reviewing projects and programs administered by the GSA under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Laura has historic preservation experience in local, state, and national settings. Prior to working at the ACHP, Laura was an architectural historian at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources (DHR), the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) conducting Section106 review for assigned federal agencies. Laura holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and studied architecture at the University of Miami School of Architecture. Laura holds bachelor’s degrees in Sociology/Anthropology and in Art History.



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