Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stefanik is cosponsoring H.R. 1049, the bipartisan National Heritage Area Act, which would authorize funding for National Heritage Areas (NHAs) for the next twenty years and strengthens the process for designating new areas. Heritage areas have a proven record of fostering job creation and advancing economic, cultural, historic, environmental, and community development. In addition to job creation, National Heritage Areas generate valuable revenue for local governments and sustain communities through revitalization and heritage tourism. This funding directly impacts the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, the Hudson River Valley, and many others.

“We are fortunate to have rich historic areas in the North Country, and I am glad to preserve them through this legislation” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The cultural, environmental, and economic impact that these National Heritage Areas have on communities in upstate New York cannot be overstated, and I urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan effort.”

“We are thankful for the strong support Congresswoman Stefanik provides to our nation's most cherished places” said Bob Radliff, Director of Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, which includes the Champlain Canal from Waterford to Whitehall, will continue to preserve our rich heritage, promote upstate New York as a world-class tourism destination and foster vibrant communities connected by our waterways.”