HARRISBURG (February 9, 2017) – Today, HeritagePA, the state’s collective body of the 12 state-designated Heritage Areas, issued the following statement from Association President Jane Sheffield in response to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget:
“HeritagePA applauds Governor Wolf for including critical funding for the Heritage Areas Program within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in his proposed 2017-2018 state budget.
“In these challenging financial times, it is encouraging to see the Governor recognize the valuable role our twelve areas play in conserving and developing cultural, historic and recreation infrastructure that preserves regional assets and connect Pennsylvania’s legacy to the present day.
“We urge our elected leaders to support this proposed funding throughout the budget process to ensure this essential program continues to produce positive results for our communities.
“In addition, as a member of the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition, HeritagePA encourages the Governor and Legislature to identify a sustainable source of revenue for Growing Greener, which also makes critical investments in each heritage area.”
With a network of 12 state-designated heritage areas operating within the program, HeritagePA serves as the collective voice that speaks to the importance of heritage areas — how they bring Pennsylvania’s rich history and natural resources to life and breathe new life into the state’s economy and sense of community. For more information, visit www.HeritagePa.com and follow HeritagePA on Twitter and Facebook @HeritageIsNow.