Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Certified Local Government Workshop

Pre-conference Workshop

Day/Time: Wednesday, January 16, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Capitol Salon H, 3rd Floor
Speakers: Megan Brown, National Park Service; Roman McAllen, City of Denton; Amber Rojas, City of Tyler; and Justin Newhart, City of Fort Worth

Registration Information
$55 with conference registration
$100 for the workshop only
NOTE: This price includes the training for Historic Preservation Officers from CLG communities, which precedes this one from 9–11 a.m.
Lunch included
Space limited, restricted to CLG participants

Participants will enjoy a working lunch of brainstorming, sharing ideas, and networking with other Certified Local Governments (CLGs). After lunch, Megan Brown of the National Park Service (NPS) will explain her role in working with the nearly 2,000 CLGs across the nation. Attendees will be energized from learning about the NPS’ vision for the future of the CLG Program and how Texas CLGs fit into its goals.

Later, Historic Preservation Officers from three Texas CLGs will discuss their recent work in community engagement, winning the support of local leaders, and changing their cities’ historic preservation ordinance to better protect historic resources.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at

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Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) can earn continuing education credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). Texas Society of Architects (TxA) is the provider of record. When Learning Units (LU) and health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credits are available for AIA-approved courses, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AIA’s continuing education program can be found at and



Megan Brown has worked at the National Park Service (NPS) for 14 years as a grants management specialist, Certified Local Government (CLG) coordinator, and now chief of the State, Tribal, Local, Plans and Grants Division. She is responsible for the management of the Historic Preservation Fund and the $50-70 million that it disburses annually to state, tribal, and local preservation partners. Almost 1,000 active grants fund annual assistance to states and tribes, as well as project grant programs such as Underrepresented Communities, African American Civil Rights, Save America’s Treasures, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Brown previously worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Fort Worth and the State Historic Preservation Office in South Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of South Carolina.


Roman McAllen is the historic preservation officer for Denton, previously served as heritage officer and planner for Brownsville, and is a founding member of the Brownsville Preservation Society. He is president-elect of Preservation Texas, which is dedicated to statewide preservation. McAllen is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a certified planner with the American Planning Association. He served on the board of Cameron County Crime Stoppers in South Texas. He has written numerous articles for regional publications and served as a lecturer and panelist for various regional and statewide conferences.


Amber Rojas is the historic preservation officer and Main Street director for the City of Tyler. Since starting with the city in 2011, she has enhanced its Historic Preservation Program and creditability with the adoption of its Historic Preservation Strategic Plan, and the city has received the Preserve America Community designation and the Anice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage Development. Under her leadership, Tyler has completed two historic resources surveys and nearly doubled the amount of historic designations.


Justin Newhart is a senior planner for Preservation and Urban Design with the city of Fort Worth. Since receiving his master’s degree in Preservation Studies from Tulane in 2011, he has worked in preservation cultural resource management in Louisiana and Texas. Currently, Newhart helps manage the administration of Fort Worth’s Preservation Program and form-based code districts. He recently led the update of the city’s preservation ordinance.