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National Heritage Area Legislation

One of the primary goals of the JTHG Partnership is to work with the National Park Service and Congress to become the 38th National Heritage Area. On May 8, 2008, President Bush signed the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (JTHG NHA) into law. The JTHG NHA recognizing the unparalleled cultural, historic and scenic resources within the entire JTHG corridor—the region that generally follows the Old Carolina Road (Rt. 15/231) from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania through Maryland, to Monticello in Albemarle County, VA.

The JTHG NHA is significant for several reasons. First, the honorific designation is bestowed by Congress to recognize the critical contributions made by generations of citizens from this region.  Second, the NHA expands the opportunity to support our communities through heritage tourism and to create educational programs to inform citizens on the natural, cultural, historic and scenic features of the Journey. The NHA will also help to create a larger destination—with a comprehensive visitor experience to increase both tourism and revenue to our communities. This is the next great American destination and the Partnership has created a collaborative structure to support local businesses, educational systems, state and national parks and improve the quality of life for all citizens.

Regional Support:
As a public-private Partnership, there are more than150 actively engaged partnering organizations, including every elected Town Council, County Board of Commissioners and the Governors of all four states, all of which have passed resolutions in support of this National Heritage Area. In addition, the Partnership includes business groups, Main Street communities, historic societies and sites, education professionals from each of the 15 counties, superintendents from each of the 13 National Parks, landowners, farmers and citizens.

JTHG National Heritage Area Funding:
The JTHG NHA provides a dollar for dollar match (for each local dollar contributed) up to a potential amount of $1 million a year for each of the coming 15 years.
The money must be matched 100% and the funds will be used to support core operations and promote heritage tourism and educational programs in the JTHG region.

Congressional Timeline:
Thursday, May 8, 2008: President Bush signs the JTHG NHA into law—creating the 38th National Heritage Area
Tuesday, April 29, 2008: House of Representatives passes JTHG NHA legislation (S. 2739) by a vote of 291 to 117
Thursday, April 10, 2008: U.S. Senate passes JTHG NHA legislation (S. 2739) by a vote of 91 to 4
Wednesday, October 24, 2007: House passes “Celebrating America’s Heritage Act” (H.R. 1483) including JTHG NHA
Friday, January 12, 2007: JTHG NHA legislation (S. 289) introduced in Senate
Friday, January 5, 2007: JTHG NHA legislation (H.R. 319) introduced in House

Senate Sponsors:
Lead sponsor: Senator John Warner (R-VA)
Co-sponsors: Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Jim Webb (D-VA)

House Sponsors:
Lead sponsor: Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA)
Co-sponsors: Representatives Richard H. Baker (R-LA), Rick Boucher (D-VA), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), the late Jo Ann Davis (R-VA), Tom Davis (R-VA), Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Jim McCrery (R-LA), Jim P. Moran (D-VA), Todd Russell Platts (R-PA), Ted Poe (R-TX), C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), John P. Sarbanes (D-MD), Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA), Robert C. Scott (D-VA), Mark E. Souder (R-IN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Albert Russell Wynn (D-MD)

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