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Preserve America is a White House initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Introduced by First Lady Laura Bush in an address to the National Association of Counties on March 3, 2003, Preserve America advances a citizendriven approach to historic preservation and conservation by highlighting private heritage tourism and historic preservation efforts. The objectives of the Preserve America Initiative include: (1) a greater shared knowledge or our Nation’s history; (2) support for the economic health and well-being of our communities through heritage tourism; (3) increasing local and tribal participation in preserving our Nation’s irreplaceable heritage; and (4) strengthening regional identities and local pride.
In April 2004, the First Lady designated 31 Kentucky cities and towns as the Nation's newest Preserve America communities, the largest and most unique group honored to date since the first eight community designations were made January 15, 2004.
The Bush Administration's FY 2005 budget contains a request for $10 million in grant funds for which communities meeting the Preserve America criteria will be eligible to apply. These matching fund grants of $50,000 to $250,000 would go on a competitive basis to projects that preserve and use important historic resources for promotion of heritage tourism and other economic revitalization projects.
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