Wyoming News Service, Casper, WY - Job creation has been a big topic of this year's legislative budget session. Governor Freudenthal has been talking about how new construction projects could put people to work. However, another aspect of the construction field can accomplish that goal, too -- renovation of existing buildings, especially local historic structures.
Mary Humstone is former assistant director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She says plenty of research shows that restoring older structures creates at least 20% more jobs than new construction projects.
Humstone adds that renovation is a popular investment in the Northeast, and in areas of the South, providing economic benefits, as well as environmental and cultural values.
She points out that there are several renovation projects worthy of funding, including Natrona County High School in Casper as an example.