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Economic Impacts

Economic Brochure

A recent economic impact study indicates National Heritage Areas (NHAs) contribute $12.9 billion annually to the national economy.

The economic benefits of NHAs are realized primarily through tourism and visitation. Each NHA coordinating entity serves as a catalyst for economic development within the regions they operate.

Read the full report for information on the six case study NHAs.

Delaware and Lehigh (D &L) Case Study
D&L trail brochure

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L), which includes Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Luzerne, and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania, is an important contributor to the tourism efforts of this region.

According to the results of a recent economic impact study, approximately 1,576,281 people visited the D&L. These visitors spent money in the region, creating a positive ripple effect on the economic structure. Visitors contributed more than $233,554,847 in economic benefit within the region and state.

Passport Program

Passport Stamp - Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area

Through the Passport to Your National Parks© program you can collect free cancellation stamps (Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area’s stamp shown at left) at locations within National Heritage Areas. There are hundreds of stamps to collect.

Check-out our list of participating NHAs

Evaluation Snapshots

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Family petting calf

Silos and Smokestacks, like other national heritage areas, “gravitates to fill the most needed niche in the preservation and economic landscape,” according to a congressionally mandated evaluation. The benefits it brings are compelling; over a 10-year period, the area more than matched the $6.5 million…click to read more
Essex National Heritage Area


Essex National Heritage Area, just north of Boston, is at the forefront of New England’s surge as a tourist destination. With modest federal investment, the area cultivates regional identity, brings communities together, and educates resident and visitor alike. Newburyport, a prime stop along the new Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, was a harbinger for …click to read more
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

Augusta Canal boat tour

The historic Augusta Canal is at the epicenter of the city’s renewal, its national heritage area status a “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” reports an interviewee in a recent congressionally mandated evaluation. Indeed, that status was sought by leaders looking to find a new path to Augusta’s future….click to read more