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St. Croix National Heritage Area Feasibility Study recognized by the American Planning Association

Image of the Cover on the St. Croix National Heritage Area Feasibility Study. Original artwork by <strong>Philip Thys</strong>, DSC Planning Division.

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Cover, St. Croix National Heritage Area Feasibility Study. Original artwork by Philip Thys, DSC Planning Division.

May 2012

St. Croix National Heritage Area Feasibility Study, a study to determine the feasibility of designating the island of St. Croix as a National Heritage Area, was recognized by the American Planning Association Federal Planning Division with an award in the category of Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project. The award jury cited the project for its focus on an “island voice” for the Crucian people in the plan for community-based heritage tourism.

The award was presented to the Denver Service Center (DSC) at the Federal Planning Division award luncheon on April 13 in Los Angeles.

“The Denver Service Center is honored to receive this prestigious award for the St. Croix National Heritage Area Feasibility Study. Our planning team used creative methods to engage the local community and to hear that ‘island voice” within bilingual public meetings, community mapping, an interactive web site, personal interviews, radio talk shows, local non-profit groups, conversation with local historians, the heritage tourism industry, and local political representatives, the area Park Superintendent, and even a song created for the study by a local musician to engage the local community in this process,” said Barbara J. Johnson, Chief, DSC Planning Division.

The study team concluded that St. Croix meets each of the ten evaluation criteria for designation as a national heritage area, and submitted these finding to the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for review and concurrence in November 2010.

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