NewTown Macon CEO wins national preservation award

Josh Rogers
Josh Rogers

NewTown Macon CEO Josh Rogers has been named one of the nation’s top preservationists for his work revitalizing the community.

Rogers was selected for the American Express Aspire Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is presenting the award during its annual convention in Savannah this week.

“He has not only saved buildings, spurred investment and increased the local tax base but also made historic preservation an integral part of the ethos of Macon,” stated a news release announcing the 2014 honorees.

Rogers previously spent five years as executive director of Historic Macon. During his time there, he oversaw $5 million in construction projects, 40 properties were revitalized and more than 1,000 buildings were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, according to his nomination.

“We recognize the grass-root spirit, energy and commitment that he brings to his work and are thankful for his efforts to protect the Macon community’s vibrant history,” Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation, said in the release.