Friday, January 16, 2009
Bryan designated as ‘Preserve America community’
Bryan was honored this week when First Lady Laura Bush, honorary chair of the Preserve America initiative, designated the City as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America communities.
The designation means the City of Bryan is now eligible for Preserve America grants and will be listed in a directory that showcases the City’s preservation efforts and heritage tourism destinations. Preserve America communities also are featured in National Register travel itineraries and in “Teaching With Historic Places” curricular materials created by the National Park Service.
Nearly $17 million in Preserve America Grants have been awarded since 2006 to support community efforts to demonstrate sustainable uses of their historic and cultural sites, focusing on the economic and educational opportunities related to heritage tourism. Grants for 44 recipients in 24 states totaling more than $4.3 million were announced on September 29, 2008, and the next round of grants will be announced in January. The grants of $20,000 to $250,000 are awarded on a competitive, matching fund basis to help communities develop sustainable management strategies and sound business practices for the continued preservation and use of their heritage assets. The grants support research, planning, marketing, interpretation and training efforts.
Staff planner Julie Fulgham, who submitted the application to Preserve America, said she was pleased with the designation.
“This is just one more way to recognize Bryan’s unique and treasured history,” she said.
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