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Saturday, October 10, 2009

CALL FOR COMMUNITIES TO APPLY FOR THE FINAL ROUND OF ROUTE 6 HERITAGE COMMUNTIES DESIGNATION!!

CALL FOR COMMUNITIES TO APPLY FOR THE FINAL ROUND OF ROUTE 6 HERITAGE COMMUNTIES DESIGNATION!!

On October 10, 2009 the PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation announced the final round of selection for communities to participate in the PA Route 6 Heritage Communities Program and to receive designation as a Route 6 Heritage Community

The PA Route 6 Heritage Communities program helps guide boroughs and municipalities in the development of a localized heritage tourism plan that takes into account the uniqueness and quality of life for each community.

Six communities have received full designation as a Route 6 Heritage Community; these include Smethport (McKean), Corry (Erie), Union City (Erie), Coudersport (Potter), Austin (Potter) and Galeton (Potter). These communities are actively implementing their heritage work plans. Four communities began the planning process in January 2009; these include Conneaut Lake (Crawford), Youngsville (Warren), Wyalusing (Bradford), and Waymart (Wayne). On September 28, 2009, three more communities were just chosen to participate in the program: Milford (Pike), Carbondale (Lackawanna) and Tunkhannock (Wyoming). The PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation is hoping to fund 3 more communities under Heritage Communities Program.

The Heritage Communities Program includes:
- Identification, assessment of localized heritage themes (cultural, historical, industrial, etc.) to augment and complement Route 6 heritage issues;
- Local engagement and consensus building on the role of heritage to the community and the capacity of the community to sustain it;
- The relationship of sustainable heritage development to everyday community life and the local sense of place, and the value and interest afforded to the tourist;
- Preservation and enhancement of historical structures and sites, unique architecture, and traditional neighborhoods;
- Engagement of the local business community in the development, marketing and maintenance of a sustainable local heritage tourism effort, especially retail and service businesses catering to the traveler;
- The preservation and enhancement of the viability and appearance of central business districts of key nodes along the Corridor area;
- Identification and enhancement the local hospitality infrastructure to assure that the community is visitor ready;
- Inclusion of community design and aesthetic (i.e. streetscape, facades, gateways and gateway gardens, developmental standards, etc.) recommendations;
- Encouragement of well-planned development and the avoidance of sprawl and haphazard development in the interest of preserving the positive characteristics of Route 6, the Corridor area and the respective communities;
- Treatment of open space, trails, waterways and greenways, and recognition of their importance for heritage-tourism, eco-tourism and alternate transportation;
- Localization of traffic calming measures that address traffic safety, traffic circulation and tourism concerns;
- Establishing and maintaining adequate signage and information for visitors and identifying the community as an official the PA Route 6 Heritage Community; and

An individual municipality and two municipalities working cooperatively are eligible applicants for the program. At least one participating municipality in each application must be either a Borough or City, and be within ten miles of Route 6/Business Route 6 or Route 6 N.

Applications to participate in the Heritage Communities Program are due on December 30, 2009. Selection will be made by late January 2010.

To find out more about the Heritage Communities Program or to download the guidelines and application form, go to www.paroute6.com under the Heritage Corridor section or call the PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation at 814-435-7706.

This program is funded by a Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) through the Federal Highways Administration, PA Department of Transportation, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Heritage Area Program.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Why is Austin on this list. Austin, the last time I looked is not on Route 6.

Anonymous said...

Read more closely there, dildine. It is within an acceptable distance from Route 6.

Anonymous said...

They put Austin on it to show people what time left behind.