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 and 2016 impact numbers
  • Leveraged $45.5 million in cash and in-kind support to carry out heritage projects and program, increasing the impact of the $18.8 million in federal Heritage Partnership Program funding received by 48 organizations.
  • Engaged 41,135 volunteers contributing over 660,401 hours for heritage area projects – a $14.6 million dollar value.
  • 211 historic sites and 10,442 acres of cultural landscapes preserved and maintained, including battlefields.
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

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