The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building strong local preservation programs through education, advocacy, and training. NAPC maintains a website that provides information associated with education and training as well as advocacy. NAPC was established in 1983, namely in response to the 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act. These amendments provided, for the first time, direct federal financial assistance to preservation commissions whose local government met the standards of the new Certified Local Government (CLG) program. By the early 1980’s there were thousands of commissions dealing with development pressures in historic areas. What was clearly absent was a forum for the discussion of mutual problems and a national voice representing the particular needs of commissions.

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