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Partnership commitments demonstrate, in large part, the capacity of the local participants to undertake and implement a future NHA. They may be agreements for working relationships, financial contributions, or pledges of other types of assistance. A sample way to portray commitments to the partnership is presented below:

Organization Activity $ Commitment TA/Education Commitment
State Lands Agency And Nonprofit Land Trusts Land Acquisition and Trails Development in Heritage Area * X $$ Heritage Planning, Programming and Open Space Preservation
Management Entity Operational Budget (exclusive of federal funding) Planning and Implementation X$$ Partnership Development, Historic and Open Space Preservation and Interpretation
Nonprofit Organization Historic Preservation X $$ to Provide Match to NHA Local Grantees Historic Preservation and National Register Nomination Advice
State Tourism Association Tourism Development   Marketing and Tourism Advice
Private Foundation Open Space and Historic Preservation 50/50 matching Grant for Planning and Resource Protection Projects  
Corporate Sponsor Sponsor and Provide Tangible Contributions for Heritage Events    
County Government Provide Office Space for Management Entity   Provide Web Page for Heritage Area Activities
Chamber of Commerce Provide Design and Printing of Heritage Area Brochure    

*Land acquisition costs are not normally an authorized use of NHA federal funding authorizations, but can be undertaken to support the heritage area by others using non-NHA funds.

As in the case of the conceptual financial plan, specific commitments may be difficult to ascertain during the study. Indications of commitments to assist and work in partnership with the management entity by state and local governments and other organizations may be substituted for actual dollar or other specific contributions. The study team should, however, attempt to ascertain tangible commitments that partners are willing to contribute to the successful implementation of the heritage area.

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