Tierney and Kerry Champion Essex National Heritage Area
June 15, 2011
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John Tierney and Senator John Kerry joined efforts to continue the federal government's commitment to the Essex National Heritage Area.
"The Essex National Heritage Area provides important preservation and education programs, which also spur tourism and help strengthen the regional economy," Congressman Tierney said. "Ensuring that their good work can continue is a priority for our local communities and organizations, and I will continue to work with Senator Kerry to ensure that this bill is passed by Congress and signed into law."
"The history of Massachusetts is the history of America and many of our most treasured sites are right here in the Essex National Heritage Area, from the spectacular ocean views of the Essex Coastal Byway to museums in Salem and Gloucester that preserve our history. This will help preserve and protect the landmarks that bring people to Massachusetts from all around the world." said Senator Kerry.
"We are very pleased that Congressman Tierney and Senator Kerry have introduced legislation to reauthorize the Essex National Heritage Area," said Annie C. Harris, Executive Director, Essex National Heritage Commission. "For the past 14 years, the Commission has worked to champion the heritage development of Essex County by fostering public-private partnerships throughout this district. These partnerships have promoted our region's history, supported the business climate, and enhanced the quality of life in this region. We thank Congressman Tierney and Senator Kerry for their enthusiastic commitment to the Essex Heritage Area."
The legislation introduced today would extend the federal government's commitment to the Essex National Heritage Area for another 15 years (2027) and authorize an additional $20 million over that time. The original authorization for Essex National Heritage Area occurred in 1996.