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National Heritage Areas: Costly Economic Development Schemes that Threaten Property Rights

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Publication Date: October 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Cheryl Chumley; Ronald D. Utt

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Culture and religion (Cultural heritage and preservation)

Keywords: Smart growth; constitution; EU; reform treaty

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

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.