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Heritage Areas and Impact

May 07 2019

Heritage Areas and Impact

MHAA AND THE FOUR RIVERS HERITAGE AREA:

  • Heritage Areas make a significant difference to a destination’s economic cycle.
  • The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) is an independent unit within the Executive branch of State government, and is administered by the Maryland Historical Trust, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning.
  • The Impact of Maryland Heritage Areas: $19.8 million in state and local taxes generated; $4.45 Return on investment for every dollar of State grant funds; 3,146 Jobs created; $7.78 Leveraged by every dollar of State grant funds ($6.78 of which is non-state support) Source: A Snapshot of the Economic Impact of Maryland Heritage Areas Grants (2018) — MHAA impact infographic
  • NOTE: A firm will be announced by the end of the month to carry out a much-anticipated “full picture” Program and Economic Impact Report for MHAA.
  • There are now 13 Certified Heritage Areas, covering a portion of every county and the City of Baltimore. Visit www.marylandheritageareas.org to find out more.
  • MHAA Funding (now up to $6 million each year) comes out of Program Open Space funds, and this year approximately $5.1 million will be allocated in grants.
  • Four Rivers became a Certified Heritage Area in 2001; our legal name is Annapolis, London Town & South County Heritage Area, Inc.
  • Impact: since 2002, $4.9 million in state funds to our heritage area, for more than $17 million in total project funds.
  • Explore this website to see news, heritage attraction information, an event calendar, and much more.