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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


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.