OT, but not Really; MotorCities National Heritage Area might lose funding

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Dewey, N. California on Monday, April 03, 2017 - 03:53 pm:

Just got this email, which IS T related, as it can effect the Piquette plant! As I have just copied and pasted the email here, I doubt that any of the hyperlinks will work; sorry!

MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership, an affiliate of the National Park Service, has been targeted for elimination in the budget proposed by The White House.

We need you to take action now and join us in opposing this elimination. Congress holds the purse strings to the budget. Your representative and senators need to hear from you as their constituents. Tell them we need the MotorCities National Heritage Area to preserve the American story of how this region "Put the World on Wheels."

Here is a quick and easy way to convey your support that will only take about 10 minutes of your time.

1) Copy and paste the message below into a document or directly to your Representative's website. There are extra lines available to personalize your message if you want.

2) If you have a different representative where you live than where you work, it would be helpful to send to both.

3) Use this website to input your zip code: Find Your Representative. From there you can go directly to the website of your representative.

4) Click on the "Contact" link.

5) Copy and paste your letter into the online form.

6) Click "Send" and your representative will hear from you about this important matter.

7) Repeat the process with Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters, by clicking here.

Of course, you may prefer to call or fax. Please feel free to use whatever method best suits you.

We appreciate it if you could complete this action by Monday, April 17.

Thank you in advance for participating in this effort and for all you do on behalf of our MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership.

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As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to protect the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership from elimination in the Administration's proposed 2018 budget and as you continue work on fiscal year 2017 appropriations.

As the coordinating entity of the heritage area, MotorCities has helped Michigan preserve our important auto and labor past, while helping our current economy prosper through revitalization and increased heritage-related tourism.

Here is just a sample of the more than 220 partnership programs and grants MotorCities has supported:

1) Adaptive reuse of the Cherry Hill Ford Factory as an arts and education complex serving students and veterans.

2) "Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration" a documentary featuring Lansing's efforts to keep General Motors in the community.

3) "Raise the Roof" to make repairs to Detroit's Piquette Avenue Plant, birthplace of the Model T; and

4) "Making Tracks" which documents the African American culture in the auto industry.

MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership provides an outstanding example of how to leverage taxpayer investment with public and private resources, something the President's budget specifically calls for. The return on investments over the years has averaged $5 : $1.

MotorCities supports the economy with jobs and drives up the tax base. An independent study completed in 2016 found that MotorCities:

- Generates over $400 million in economic impact

- Generates more than $35 million in tax revenue

- Supports more than 4,500 jobs

The public-private partnerships stimulated by the MotorCities National Heritage Area preserve important sites of historical significance. It inspires pride in our shared past and the stories of places and people that "Put the World on Wheels."

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You are in a position to ensure that the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership continues to promote and preserve our past while strengthening future economic opportunities. I ask for your support in saving the funding for this vital program.

Best Regards,

Shawn Pomaville-Size
Executive Director

MotorCities National Heritage Area
200 Renaissance Center, Suite 3148
Detroit, MI 48243

p: 313.259.3425 ext. 301
f: 313.259.5254


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