Casey Introduces Bill to Designate York and Lancaster Counties as a National Heritage Area

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) reintroduced a bill that would establish York and Lancaster Counties as the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area, granting national recognition to an area that has played a key role in the development of our nation’s cultural, political and economic identity.

“For centuries, the Susquehanna River, which forms a natural border between York and Lancaster Counties and represents the heart of the proposed National Heritage Area, has been at the center of agricultural, industrial and recreational activity in the Mid-Atlantic United States,” said Senator Casey. “I reintroduced this bill during National Rivers Month to bring recognition to the Susquehanna River and the region for its historical and cultural significance.”

Since 1984, Congress has designated 49 National Heritage Areas around the country which have helped foster partnerships between the public and private sectors for preservation, education and recreation initiatives in diverse regions throughout the country. Through these efforts, National Heritage Areas have helped protect our nation’s natural and cultural resources while promoting local economic development.

Pennsylvania is home to seven National Heritage Areas, including the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, which stretches from Gettysburg to Monticello, Virginia and includes all of Adams County.