Washington – Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. This bill extends the authorization period of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area—parts of which are in the Tenth District—through September 30, 2036.
“The Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina are home to a rich history that is cherished in North Carolina and around the world,” said Congressman McHenry. “The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area was created to protect and preserve the Appalachian traditions that are unique to the area and mean so much to local communities. Beyond the history, the area also plays an important role in our local economy supporting thousands of jobs. I am proud to introduce this bill to help uphold the history and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains for years to come.”
Background: The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area was designated by Congress and President George W. Bush in November 2003 in recognition of the unique character, culture, and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills in Western North Carolina. Heritage tourism in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area contributes $2.39 billion annually to the economy of the region, supporting more than 30,000 jobs and generating $176.5 million annually in state and local tax revenue.