THE VISION FOR THE SUSQUEHANNA HERITAGE AREA:
OUR HISTORY, OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR FUTURE
The Susquehanna Heritage Area region is a landscape highlighted by small cities, crossroad villages, meandering river valleys and rural farmlands that reach into rolling hills. The Susquehanna Heritage Area is a series of interconnected and interwoven places and events that celebrate the heritage of Broome and Tioga Counties. More than just specific sites and destinations, the Heritage Area links together special events, annual festivals, and local organizations that explore the ethnic and geographic diversity of this region. Together, our communities will continue to capitalize on our strengths, including special places, civic pride and local history, in order to support the economic sustainability of the region. Today and in the future, the Heritage Area is a place where residents and visitors can use and explore the unique historic, cultural, and recreational resources which the region affords.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Heritage area development goes beyond the traditional approach to preservation of historic buildings, sites, and monuments. Heritage development promotes a broader concept of preserving and enhancing historic communities and landscapes while encouraging economic development that takes advantage of and strengthens historic community character.
The goals and objectives for the Susquehanna Heritage Area, listed below, are provided to help guide future decision-making, programming, funding, activities and projects within the Heritage Area.
- Goal 1: Preservation and Stewardship
- Goal 2: Interpretation and Education
- Goal 3: Recreation and Natural Resources
- Goal 4: Economic and Community Revitalization
- Goal 5: Marketing and Promotion
- Goal 6: Partnerships and Collaboration
The goals and objectives provide a framework for decision making and satisfy the State legislative intent of the heritage area program, including preserving historic settings which portray the State’s heritage; educating the public about the history and significance of buildings and sites; providing active and passive recreation opportunities; and using these resources to spur economic revitalization.
A framework for measuring progress in achieving the goals and objectives is included in the Implementation Strategy of the Susquehanna Heritage Area Management Plan Amendment.