LANSING, Mich. Aug. 29, 2022 — The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) announced  they have accepted the city of Pontiac into the Certified Local Government (CLG) program. The news was confirmed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.


“Over the past several years, the city of Pontiac has worked to strengthen its historic preservation program and found ways to recognize and celebrate the city’s rich history,” said state Rep. Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac). “With the certification of the city, Pontiac and its residents will have even more support to grow and preserve its historic neighborhoods. As Pontiac continues its revitalization, it is important to cherish and preserve its past.”


The CLG program provides a framework for promoting, supporting and enhancing historic preservation activities at the local level. The program is administered by the National Park Service in coordination with the SHPO. With the city of Pontiac having received certification, it is now eligible for the specialized technical assistant and program from SHPO. The city of Pontiac will also be eligible for federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior, administered by the SHPO. These grants can be used for preservation activities, such as historic resource surveys, National Register of Historic Places nomination, educational and heritage tourism initiatives, and more.