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National Aviation Heritage Area Reauthorization
In late 2004, the United States Congress through Public Law 108-447 officially designated the National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA). The Area includes eight counties (Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Miami, Warren, Champaign, Shelby and Auglaize). The coordinating entity for NAHA is the National Aviation Heritage Alliance headquartered in Dayton, OH. NAHA’s legislation authorizes funding through 2019 and this request is to have Congress extend the authorization to receive funding beginning in 2020.
Aviation Heritage Foundation Inc. dba. National Aviation Heritage Alliance
This is a request to the Dayton Development Coalition to include NAHA's reauthorization among the region's projects/requests during the February 2020 Washington D.C. fly-in. This is not a state capital request. NAHA is appropriated roughly $332,000 a year and must raise/match the appropriation 1:1. To date, NAHA has received a little more than $4m in federal appropriations and is authorized to receive up to $10m.
Administration or Operations
We have a program that generates the match needed to draw down the federal appropriations in accordance with the Department of Interior/National Park Service guidelines.
Department of Interior, National Park Service, Heritage Partnership Program funding
*Please note that I did not include a budget as the current sunset date is December 7, 2019.
Reauthorization will fund and facilitate collaboration among the 17 Heritage Area partners to promote heritage tourism and to develop educational and cultural programs in the Dayton region. It will facilitate the preservation and interpretation for present and future generations, the historic and cultural lands, structures, facilities, and sites associated with the region's rich aviation history. It will also encourage a broad range of economic opportunities enhancing the quality of life now and in the future. It will also provide a management framework to assist in conservation of aviation heritage and development of policies and programs of the Heritage Area.
There are several outcomes anticipated with the continued funding of the National Aviation Heritage Area. First, there will be an increase in visitors to the Area and a direct economic impact to the Dayton region. Second, there will be continued preservation and restoration of the region's aviation heritage area assets. The Heritage Area Program under the National Park Service creates annual performance metrics and agreements to guide the work of the Heritage Area.
More than 1000
These numbers come from a study completed in 2016. The economic impact model produced by Economic Stewardship, Sturgeon Bay, WI for the National Aviation Heritage Area has established that nearly 1000 DIRECT AND INDIRECT jobs come from the region's aviation heritage activity. It is projected that a 25 % increase in those numbers is expected as the National Aviation Heritage Alliance continues to promote and market the region to a regional, national and international audience. These are the same numbers reported each year since 2016.