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Canal Place Obtains Management Grant

July 13th, 2015 by WCBC Radio


The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) today announced 52 matching grants totaling more than $2.6 million to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, historic preservation, natural resources, cultural and educational organizations. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland (see listing linked in PDF).

"Tourism is the 10th largest private sector employer in Maryland, providing over 138,000 jobs and more than $15 billion of visitor spending each year," said Governor Hogan. "I congratulate Maryland's 13 Certified Heritage Areas and their tourism partners who help support Maryland's economic development by attracting tourists who focus their travels on the history, culture and the natural beauty our great state has to offer."

Locally, the Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority picked up $100,000 for management, $13,300 for cultural programming (through the City of Cumberland, and $50,000 for the rehab of C & O 1309 for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.


MHAA oversees Maryland's system of 13 locally-administered, state-certified Heritage Areas. Today, all Maryland counties and Baltimore City have all or part of a Heritage Area within their boundaries. These certified areas foster broad public-private partnerships to preserve and enhance the best of Maryland's historic sites and towns, unspoiled natural landscapes and enduring traditions. These tangible links to both place and the past encourage residents to recognize they have a special piece of the American story to treasure and share with others, and that in doing so they are contributing to the economic well-being of Maryland's communities.

MHAA is an independent unit in the executive branch of government and is administered by the Maryland Department of Planning. Since its creation in 1996, it has awarded more than $30.2 million in grants and helped to leverage $95.5 million in non-state funding for heritage tourism projects and activities in the 13 Certified Heritage Areas.

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