|Posted:||December 13, 2013 10:32 AM|
|From:||Senator Kim L. Ward|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||MEMO #31 - Heritage Areas Program Act|
|I intend to introduce legislation that would create the Heritage Areas Program Act, which would create a formal process for the distribution of funding under the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Heritage Parks line item.
The Corbett Administration recently restored $2.25 million to the line-item in the 2013-14 FY budget. Historically, this funding has been distributed by DCNR via a grant process to parks and recreational areas in the Commonwealth, including the twelve state-designated Heritage Areas.
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.
The legislation will do the following:
Introduced as SB1256