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March I Newsletter


Call for Instructors

Rethos is looking for instructors to join our team. Instructors are contractors, tradespeople, architects, home inspectors, DIYers, handypeople, historians, and maybe you! We currently have particular need for experts to teach basic home maintenance classes on topics like plumbing, electrical systems, weatherization, and heating/cooling. We're also looking for masonry and stucco experts to join our team. Please tell us about yourself in this form. A Rethos Education staff person will respond to you within a week of submission.

Upcoming Classes

Webinar - Lead, Asbestos, and Radon, Oh My! - 2 CE Credits March 11th | 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Do the words lead, asbestos, or radon have you (or your clients) running for the hills? These are common to older homes, and as long as you know how to identify and mitigate them safely, there's nothing to worry about!

In this 2-hour class, licensed architect Alissa Pier will demystify three substances often found in older homes: lead, asbestos, and radon. Alissa will provide context to the specific uses of each substance, explain their dangers, and walk through mitigation methods. Lead, radon, or asbestos can be scary for prospective homebuyers. Learn how to provide safe handling resources for removal of these substances, and put your clients at ease!

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 2 hours of real estate continuing education. It is open to all.

Be sure to pick up a copy of this week's Villager for a full story about this class!

Be sure to check out our other March offerings:

March 10th | 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Webinar - Taking Care of Your Old Wood Windows March 18th | 9:00AM - 11:00AM


Update on MN Historic Tax Credit Sunset Extension

Bills that would remove the sunset date on the MN Historic Tax Credit have now been heard in both the MN House and Senate Taxes committees. Excellent testimony from representatives of the Minnesota Building & Construction Trades Council, Reclaim Community, and Seward Redesign presented a strong case for the continuation of the Historic Tax Credit. Many thanks to testifiers Adam Duininck, David Ybarra, Chris Sherman, Elicia Kortus, and Taylor Smrikárova. Watch the MN House hearing from 2/23 here (starting at 3:54) and the Senate hearing from 2/16 here (starting at 47:20). And if you haven’t already seen the video highlighting the rehabilitation of the Ely State Theater, watch that on the RevitalizeMN webpage or Facebook page. Will Preservation Get a Boost from Congress?

Will the $1.9 trillion Federal relief package in the works include new funding for preservation and Main Streets? While the details of this huge bill are not yet fully known, preservation advocates have been hard at work to make a case for reinvesting in historic places to recover from the pandemic recession. Learn the latest and speak up for your community by joining the contingent of Minnesotans who will be visiting virtually with our Congressional delegation in Washington DC during Preservation Advocacy Week. Sign up for the informational meetings and training sessions on March 9th, or just join us for a meeting with your Congressperson on March 10th. Contact Riley to let us know if you’re available or want more information. Sign up to receive our Policy Update emails to make sure you have the most current information about our advocacy efforts at the State Capitol. In 2021, we’ll be counting on you to help us pass an extension to the Minnesota Historic Tax Credit, funding support for Main Streets, policies that encourage sustainable building rehabilitation, and more.


Community Within the Corridor

Rethos is excited to be a part of the Community Within the Corridor project in Milwaukee! The project’s developer Roers Companies in partnership with Scott Crawford, Inc will turn the long vacant manufacturing facility into 197 multi-family apartments and 60,000 square feet of commercial space in the Sherman Park neighborhood. The project’s access to federal and state historic tax credits made rehabilitating these buildings to serve their community with affordable housing, as well as add gym space, a laundromat, a daycare, and youth and adult development programs.


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