Professional Services

Kim Trent’s experience with for-profit preservation developers, non-profit organizations,  and government officials helps her clients navigate a smooth path to success. The following customizable services are available:

Preservation Development Professionals – Kim understands that most historic preservation is not possible without private sector investment and has worked with developers for over 20 years to put together a wide array of projects. She can help you access financial incentives, investors and public support for your project by:

  • Completing Federal and State Rehabilitation Tax Credit applications in conjunction with your architects and contractors.
  • Completing National Register nominations to help your project qualify for government incentives
  • Connecting you with experts and investors around the country to insure your project is successful and funded
  • Facilitating the donation of historic preservation easements to qualified non-profit organizations and assisting donors in accessing the tax benefits from donations
  • Advocating on your behalf with government officials at every level and the general public
  • Creating marketing and public relations strategies to maximize support and exposure for your project
  • Serving as your historic preservation consultant on preservation projects

Non-Profit Organizations – Kim has spent almost 25 years working with and for non-profit groups that work in historic preservation, community and economic development and issue advocacy. She brings real world experience and deep insights into positioning your organization for success through:

  • Strategic planning to keep you and your volunteers on track
  • Facilitation of board and staff planning retreats and meetings
  • Facilitation of public meetings to increase support for your organization
  • Fundraising planning and implementation strategies
  • Capital campaign planning and implementation
  • Marketing and public relation planning and implementation
  • Assisting in the creation and management of historic real estate revolving funds to save historic places
  • Creation of organizational policies and procedures
  • Creating and implementing effective advocacy strategies customized to your mission and community

Government Agencies – Kim has spent almost 25 years working with government officials and agencies at the local, state and federal level. Preservation is a powerful tool in the revitalization of cities and towns across the country and maximizing its economic and community development value should be a top priority for government officials. Kim’s experience and insights can help your civic leaders:

  • Facilitate public meetings to gather input on support for your preservation initiatives
  • Work with your staff to identify development tools and incentives to encourage preservation in your community
  • Serve as your historic preservation consultant on civic projects
  • Connect you with funders and investors from across the country who are seeking preservation development opportunities
  • Assist with creating Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify partners for your local projects
  • Plan and implement successful conferences, workshops and meetings to educate the public and government officials on the benefits of historic preservation and the incentives available in the field

Kim Trent

Preservation Strategies

(865) 705-1397

P.O. Box 1734

Knoxville, TN 37901

As the Knox Heritage Director of Preservation Field Services from 2008-2014, I had the honor of working with Kim to expand the work of Knox Heritage to sixteen counties.  Kim’s leadership, tenacity, and entrepreneurial spirit fostered my preservation career.  She’s an invaluable member of any team and I look forward to working with her again in her new consulting venture.

Ethiel Garlington

Executive Director – Historic Macon (GA) Foundation

Leadership, tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit

“Trent has served over 15 years at Knox Heritage and has become an active voice for historic preservation. Under her leadership, Knox Heritage acquired a permanent headquarters at historic Westwood on Kingston Pike. She waged battles both successful and unsuccessful before City Council and County Commission. Knox Heritage became a significant player in preservation.”

Ambassador and Former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe – Knoxville News Sentinel

Track Record of Success