National Heritage Areas: Costly Economic Development Schemes that Threaten Property Rights
Publication Date: October 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Keywords: Smart growth; constitution; EU; reform treaty
Coverage: United States
Rather expand federal involvement in local affairs, Congress should limit existing National Heritage Areas to their initial federal funding caps and enforce the statutory requirement that they become financially self-sufficient within 15 years. Congress should also encourage local communities to establish their own heritage-based tourist and economic development programs that are independent of federal oversight and funding.