|Posted:||May 29, 2015 12:24 PM|
|From:||Senator Kim L. Ward|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Heritage Areas Program Act|
|I am re-introducing legislation to formalize the process for the distribution of funding under the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Heritage Parks line item.
Established in 1989 to help regions capitalize on our unique industrial heritage, the Heritage Parks Program designated twelve geographic regions within Pennsylvania with historical, recreational and cultural value. These Heritage Areas, which are administered and maintained by small, non-profit organizations, have been shown to stimulate community revitalization and economic development through recreation, tourism and other partnerships. Historically, funding for them has been distributed by DCNR via a grant process to parks and recreational areas in the Commonwealth, including the twelve state-designated Heritage Areas.
My legislation would create the Heritage Areas Program Act to do the following:
Introduced as SB954