City of Tyronza designated a Preserve America Community

Monday, March 2, 2009

What do Tombstone, Ariz., Austin, Texas and New Castle, N.Y. all have in common with Tyronza? They were all part of the 23 new designations as Preserve America Communities.

Tyronza was recently honored when former First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of the Preserve America initiative, designated it as one of the nation's newest Preserve America Communities. With Tyronza and the other 22 new designations made on Jan. 13, there are now 736 Preserve America Communities in all 50 United States and its territories. While these are the final designations announced under Mrs. Bush's service as honorary chair, the Preserve America initiative continues.

With the designation, Tyronza is now eligible for Preserve America grants from $20,000 to $250,000 to help develop sustainable management strategies and sound business practices for the continued preservation and use of its heritage assets. The grants support research, planning, marketing, interpretation, and training efforts.

An unveiling of the new Preserve America sign will be scheduled at a later date.

Preserve America is an Administration initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities. Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States, is the Honorary Chair of Preserve America.

This program recognizes and designates communities, including neighborhoods in large cities, that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs. Since the program began, Mrs. Bush has designated more than 500 communities (including nine neighborhoods) as Preserve America Communities in all 50 states and one U.S. territory.

Benefits of designation include White House recognition; eligibility to apply for Preserve America grants; a certificate of recognition; a Preserve America Community road sign; authorization to use the Preserve America logo on signs, flags, banners, and promotional materials; listing in a Web-based Preserve America Community directory; inclusion in national and regional press releases; official notification of designation to state tourism offices and visitors bureaus; and enhanced community visibility and pride.

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