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Eastern North Carolina NHA Feasibility Public Mtg 3   Jan 19 2012 Eastern North Carolina NHA Feasibility Public Mtg 3 Jan 19 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area New Bern, North Carolina Final Public Meeting January 19, 2012Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Today’s Agenda 1. Meeting Purpose 2. Overview of Planning Project & Update 3. Discussion of Management Alternatives 4. Questions and Comments 5. Next Steps: A. Draft Feasibility Study B. Partnership Commitments C. SubmittalEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Feasibility Study Schedule & Process  Meetings with Commissions and stakeholders (Oct. 2010 - pre  Site visits - over 80 sites in 40 counties (Oct. 2010 - Mar. 2011)  First round of Public Meetings (Mar. 29, 30 & 31, 2011)  Develop Resource Assessment (Oct. 2010 - present)  Develop Potential Boundaries and Themes (Mar. - Sept. 2011)  Second round of Public Meetings (Sept. 26 & 27, 2011) • Final Public Meeting – Agreement on Alternative (Today) • Write Draft Report (Jan. - Feb. 2012) • Publicize Draft Report and solicit comment (Feb. - Mar. 2012) • Collect letters of support (Jan. - Mar. 2012) • Finalize Feasibility Study report and submit to National Park Service and Congress (April 2012)Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Phase 1 Introduction of a Heritage Area and Resource AssessmentEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area Feasibility Study
  • What is a National Heritage Area? A National Heritage Area is a place designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural, historic, and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally significant landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area Feasibility Study
  • What does a National Heritage Area do? A National Heritage Area uses shared history as a platform for action to collaborate on preservation, promotion and sustainable development based on heritage assets in the region.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • What National Heritage Areas are NOT… “National heritage areas do not appear to have directly affected the rights of property owners. To address property concerns, the designating legislation of 13 of the 24 heritage areas and management plans of at least 6 provide explicit GAO Report, March 30, 2004 assurances that the areas will not affect propertyEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy owners’ rights.”
  • Purpose of a Feasibility Study Before Congress considers designation of a National Heritage Area, it needs information about the quality of the resources and whether the resources and the region meet the established criteria for an NHA.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina – Study AreaEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Phase 2 Proposed Theme and BoundaryEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Defining a Boundary A National Heritage Area has an assemblage of natural, historic, or cultural resources that together represent distinctive aspects of American heritage worthy of recognition, conservation, interpretation, and continuing use. History Geophysical and topographical features Culture Political jurisdictions Practical intersection of all of the aboveEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina ECONOMY LIVING TRADITIONS GEOGRAPHY/ ENVIRONMENT HISTORYEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Rivers to Sounds to Sea HISTORY ECONOMY LIVING TRADITIONS GEOGRAPHY/ ENVIRONMENT Agriculture Foodways Settling a New World Rivers Sounds Sea Military Cultural Arts The First Americans Defense of a Nation Maritime Coastal Plain Inner Banks Religion Outer Banks Economy Old World Origins Revolutionary War (1 8 th century) Agrarian Dismals Recreational Working Traditions The Struggle to Settle Economy Civil War Forests (1 9 th century) Recreation (Piney Woods) Early NC Power 2 0 th- 2 1 st Century Wars Colonial Life African Americans Living with the Land and the Water Maritime History Agriculture Transportation Fishing Plantation Agriculture Aviation Shipping Hurricanes Subsistence Farming Railroads Pirates Tenant Farming/ Resettlement Graveyard of the Atlantic Lifesaving Lighthouses StationsEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area Feasibility
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Interpretive Theme—Settling a New World Facing untold hardship with equal determination, early habitants capitalized on eastern North Carolina’s prominence on the Atlantic coast to create a home and livelihoods and eventually to influence the establishment of a new nation, one which encompassed the region’s inherent struggle between freedom and enslavement.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Interpretive Theme—Living with the Land and the Water Eastern North Carolina’s distinctive landscape of coastal plain, piney woods, banks and waters gave rise to all manner of livelihood, from those who scratched out a living to those who amassed prosperity from maritime and agricultural enterprises, shaping daily life and impacting regional and nationalStudy historical events.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area Feasibility
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Interpretive Theme—Defense of a Nation Since early exploration of the New World, the military has been a strong presence in Eastern North Carolina, giving the region a critical role in establishing a new nation in the Revolutionary War, in reflecting the struggle of a nation torn apart by Civil War, and in defending America’s ideals in 20th and 21st century wars.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina ECONOMY LIVING TRADITIONS GEOGRAPHY/ ENVIRONMENT HISTORY Major Rivers Major Sounds Atlantic Ocean Coastal Plain Inner Banks Outer Banks Agrarian Dismals Forests Fields (Piney Woods)Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Significance of Eastern North Carolina • The estuarine ecosystem is second in size in the United States and its protected waters are among the richest and most diverse in the world. • The natural history of the environments of the region have played a major role in the development of North Carolina and the United States. • A unique pattern of human interaction with the land and its most dominant feature, water, has shaped the rich heritage and culture of the region.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Overarching Theme—Rivers to Sounds to S The confluence of human activity and the interconnected waterways of eastern North Carolina have shaped the region’s past, defined its unique present character and charted a course for the future.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Phase 3 Administrative and Financial ManagementEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Regional Management & Financial Survey 1. Interviewed stakeholders throughout the 40-county region 2. Polled key individuals through online survey (state officials, county personnel, CVBs, others) 3. Examined strengths and weaknesses of existing regional tourism efforts 4. Identified opportunities for consensus for administration and financial management for next stages of planning and long-term operations 5. Prepared findings and recommended alternativeEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Feasibility Study – Alternatives 1. No Action – individual programs and no coordination 2. Local Coordination of Heritage Program 3. State Program only 4. National Heritage Area DesignationEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Alternative #1 No Action 1. Individual programs and projects continue through convention and visitors bureaus and at county level. 2. Coordination is scattered; partnering is limited, at best. 3. Lack of unifying theme or story that ties region together. 4. No new funding is available, and existing funding is competitive.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Alternative #2 Local Coordination 1. Individual programs and projects continue through convention and visitors bureaus and at county level. 2. Coordination is advanced between counties and CVBs; partnering increases, but is localized. 3. Lack of unifying theme or story that ties region together. 4. Funding opportunities may increase, but remains competitive among “partners.”Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Alternative #3 State Heritage Area 1. Individual programs and projects continue through convention and visitors bureaus and at county level. 2. Coordination is advanced between counties and CVBs; public-private partnerships begin to emerge. 3. Coordination is advanced between existing state programs and other regional heritage assets. 4. Development of a unifying theme or story that ties together the region. 5. Funding opportunities through available state grants and programs.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Alternative #4 National Heritage Area 1. Individual programs and projects continue through convention and visitors bureaus and at county level. 2. Coordination is advanced between counties and CVBs; public-private partnerships increase at local, state and federal levels, and become region- wide. 3. Identification of a nationally-significant theme and story tying together the whole region. 4. Designation brings national recognition and makes region eligible for funding to assist with planning and implementation. 5. Other funding opportunities with public and private partners may increase.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Technical and In-kind Support • Three Commissions: staffing; office space and equipment use; benefit of all of their member-expertise. (83.3%) • State of North Carolina: staffing; access to sites; tourism promotion and advertising; technical assistance. (83.3%) • Municipal and County Governments: office and meeting space and equipment usage. (33.3%) “keep the grass roots effort on the table at all times.” • CVBs: marketing and planning; technical assistance. (83.3%) • Universities and Educational Institutions: research and planning; student interns; workshops and educational seminars; meeting space; staffing. (83.3%)Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Technical and In-kind Support • Agriculture-based Organizations: technical assistance; research; staff assistance. (50.0%) • Arts & Cultural Organizations: staff support; research and technical assistance. (67.7%) • Preservation & Historical Organizations: staff support; research and technical assistance; knowledge. (50.0%) • Natural and Recreational Organizations: technical assistance; staff assistance; research. (33.3%) • Other: “Once there is an idea of what is needed and who fits (organizations/town/county type) they will be willing to take on a portion and assist in order for the whole picture to become a reality.”Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Alternative #5 NHA with State and Local Involvement 1. Individual programs and projects continue through convention and visitors bureaus and at county level. 2. Coordination is advanced between counties and CVBs; public- private partnerships increase at local, state and federal levels, and become region-wide. 3. Identification of a nationally-significant theme and story tying together the whole region. 4. Designation brings national recognition and makes region eligible for funding to assist with planning and implementation. 5. Funding opportunities with public and private partners may increase. 6. A state program is created, complementing NHA and local efforts, and enhancing partnerships among North Carolina’s heritage areas.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area Feasibility
  • Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Preferred Alternative NHA with State and Local Involvement 1. Adopt Alternative # 5 – pursue designation of a National Heritage Area along with a state heritage area and local government involvement. 2. Next phase of planning – the management plan – should be coordinated by the three commissions, with an eye toward evolving the partnership and identifying a long-term management entity to oversee the heritage area. 3. Funding for planning will be sought from an array of sources – federal, state, local and private. 4. Organizations participating in the planning and development of the heritage area will be encouraged to provide in-kind support when and where possible. 5. Early implementation projects will be pursued as a way to further solidify the regional partnership and help advance projects that demonstrate an overarching theme.Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Questions & CommentsEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Next Steps… • Write Draft Report – January & February 2012 • Publicize Draft Report and solicit comment – March 20 • Collect letters of support – January to March 2012 • Finalize plan, submit to NPS and Congress – April 201Eastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • We need you to… • Respond to surveys, emails and questionnaires • Review the Draft Report and write letters of support • Be an Ambassador - help spread the word! • Support designation • Stay involved as the heritage initiative moves forwardEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy
  • Project Support Project Sponsors Consulting Team www.hanburypreservation.com/active_projects/encnha AUGUST R. CARLINOEastern North Carolina National Heritage Area FeasibilityStudy