Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land Receives Accreditation


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Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land

As director of investor relations for Piedmont Private Equity, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia, Samuel Brice Hall manages conservation strategy and tax litigation groups at the firm. When not in the office, Samuel Brice Hall enjoys staying active and exercises in Piedmont Park. He also stays involved with the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPL).

A nonprofit organization based in Cobb County, Georgia, the STPL seeks to preserve undeveloped land in the area. Founded in 2012, it utilizes conservation endowment funds, grants, and financial donations to fulfill its mission. Since it began, it has taken ownership of more than 9,000 acres of natural land in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

In February 2016, the STPL announced that it achieved accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This commission is an independent program that is part of the Land Trust Alliance, which saves areas of American land conservation. This mark of honor in land conservation demonstrates the STPL’s commitment to land preservation. It was among 37 U.S. land trusts that achieved accreditation or had their accreditation renewed in February. As a result, STPL now belongs with 342 other land trusts to have received accreditation. In order to achieve this honor, land trusts must fulfill documentation requirements and adhere to a comprehensive review.


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Marks Start of 2016-17 Season with Concert

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Since 2011, Samuel Brice Hall has worked as director of investor relations for Piedmont Private Equity, LLC, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in his community, Samuel Brice Hall belongs to several local organizations, one of which is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

Established more than 70 years ago, the ASO performs more than 200 annual concerts, including educational and community performances. Located in the heart of Midtown, the ASO typically offers concerts that last from 90 to 120 minutes in length. During the past 32 years, the orchestra and chorus recorded more than 100 albums, with 27 of them earning Grammy Awards in a variety of categories, such as best choral performance, best classical album, best orchestral performance, and best opera performance.

On September 15, 2016, the ASO commemorates the beginning of the 2016 and 2017 season with a concert by music director Robert Spano and special guest violinist, Joshua Bell. This concert begins Mr. Spano’s 16th season as the ASO’s music director. This one-night performance features an all-Tchaikovsky program with music from the “Nutcracker Suite,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and the “Violin Concerto in D Major.”

Federal Tax Incentives for Donations of Conservation Easements

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Piedmont Private Equity

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Samuel Brice Hall holds senior leadership responsibilities with Piedmont Private Equity and oversees investor relations. Samuel Brice Hall has extensive experience in areas such as real estate development and the donation of conservation-eligible land.

The donation of a conservation easement can be a win-win for many landowners who are seeking to preserve the natural, historic, or agricultural heritage of their land. Federal tax incentives recognize the significant financial impact that a donation can have, as the owner is relinquishing some rights to an asset that could generate income. For example, a conservation easement might allow a landowner to continue farming the land, but prohibit the construction of additional buildings.

Incentives for conservation easement donations were bolstered in 2015, when the U.S. Congress set in place enhanced measures that increased the tax deduction for such donations. Overall, conservation easements offer an ideal way of protecting land, while providing significant tax benefits.