| August 24, 1984--A Historic Moment: President Ronald Reagan signs into law the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor legislation, the first of 49 National Heritages Areas created to help tell America's story.
Left to right: First Lady Nancy Reagan, Congressman Henry Hyde, Governor Jim Thompson, Senator Charles Percy, Congressman Tom Corcoran, Congresswoman Lynn Martin, and Lawrence DiPrima, Executive Administrator Dept. of Veterans Affairs
BECOME A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 445, THE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA ACT OF 2013
As co-chairs of the National Heritage Area Caucus, we encourage you to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 445, the National Heritage Area Act of 2013, which was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The National Heritage Area Program is one of the Department of the Interior's most cost-effective initiatives, relying on a public-private partnership in which every federal dollar is matched with an average of $5.50 in other public and private funding. Heritage areas have a proven record of fostering job creation and advancing economic, cultural, historic, environmental, and community development. In addition to creating jobs, NHAs generate valuable revenue for local governments and sustain communities through revitalization and heritage tourism.
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Download Updated Sponsor List 2-27-13 (.docx)
Independent Economic, Evaluation Reports Confirm Value of National Heritage Areas
An Evaluation of 12 National Heritage Areas (.pdf)
The Economic Impact of National Heritage Areas (.pdf)
The full evaluation reports and NPS letters to Congress are at:
Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, held a Flat Hat Chat discussing the National Heritage Areas Program.