Celebrate Success

National Heritage Areas are a grassroots, community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development. Through public-private partnerships, NHA entities support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism, and educational projects.

Check-out our 2015 impact numbers
  • $57 million leveraged last year to carry out a diversity of heritage projects and programs.
  • 1,523 formal partners engaged in heritage area activities.
  • 43,151 volunteers contributed over 1 million hours on heritage area projects.
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area launched the Discover Niagara Shuttle, connecting visitors to over 12 heritage area destinations.

Ohio and Erie Canalway

Ohio and Erie Canalway

Through the iTowpath project, Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area is enhancing the Towpath Trail with urban partners.

 Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

The Blue Ridge Music Trail guides visitors through the traditional music of the North Carolina mountains and foothills.

National Heritage Areas Program

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    Economic Impacts

    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.

    red arrow Read the 2013 report for information on six case study NHAs

    red arrow Read the 2014 report for information on three case study NHAs

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