Sending Office: Honorable Paul Tonko
82 Cosponsors: Tonko, McKinley, Cartwright, Case, Collins, Dingell, Fitzpatrick, Kelly (IL), Kildee, Thompson (PA-15), Lipinski, Turner, Sarbanes, Upton, Higgins, Allen, Raskin, Boyle, Kelly (PA-16), Neal, Gallego, Kilmer, Luján, Wild, Lee,
Ryan, Maloney (NY-18), Garamendi, Himes, Loebsack, Moulton, McNerney, Soto, Connolly, Dean, Cleaver, Cisneros, Lawrence, Courtney, Trahan, Krishnamoorthi, Bost, Bishop, LaHood, Clarke, Casten, Napolitano, Mitchell, Doyle, Norton, Neguse, Nadler, Pascrell,
Johnson (GA-4), Richmond, Thompson (MS-2), Huffman, Meuser, Hastings, Watkins, Kennedy, Hayes, Walberg, Reschenthaler, Riggleman, Cohen, Cooper, Cummings, Engel, Haaland, Kinzinger, Quigley, Ruppersberger, Sires, Slotkin, Velazquez, Meng, Cardenas, Kuster,
Malinowski, Cicilline, Espaillat
As co-chairs of the National Heritage Area Caucus, we encourage you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 1049, the National Heritage Area Act.
The National Heritage Area (NHA) 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.
While the Heritage Area Program is already a model of the kind of efficiency we need to see in more federal programs, we believe it can be modernized to better ensure long-term sustainability
and savings. Our legislation takes a new approach to heritage areas by establishing for the first time a standardized set of criteria across the board for the designation of new NHAs. Having a clearly defined structure to oversee the management of heritage
areas will allow these popular public-private-partnerships to better preserve our national heritage and spur economic growth with minimal federal support. This is bipartisan legislation to strengthen and reform the NHA program. Similar proposals have been
introduced by both the Bush and Obama administrations.
We hope you will become a cosponsor of the National Heritage Area Act. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Emily Silverberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in Rep. Tonko’s office or Sydney Pettit (email@example.com) in Rep. McKinley’s office.
Paul D. Tonko David B. McKinley, PE
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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