A blue stop fraud sign with various icons around it.The PWP HA Expansion

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County Wide Boundaries

What does an expansion mean? Currently Passages of the Western Potomac covers 1.67 square miles, with the expansion covering the Entire County the Heritage Area would cover 440 sq. miles. This increases the Heritage area by 438%! Economic Impacts of this expansion will include increased tourism as marketing efforts will now include all County tourism assets. The expansion will also provided additional grant funding opportunities for Non-profits and local jurisdictions throughout the County. Bringing vital resources and funding streams to organizations that may not otherwise qualify for State or Federal grants. The potential for new business, added jobs, and increased visitor spending through added exposure and marketing efforts of the Heritage Area are all benefits of this large expansion and development of the Heritage Area. Projected expansion of the Heritage Area is Summer of 2024.

Benefits of the Expansion

Benefits of the being included in the CPHA. First, as a Heritage Area recognized by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), the CPHA receives up to $100,000 per year to operate and maintain the heritage area, and is eligible to receive a Marketing Grant for up to $50,000 to promote the resources within the CPHA boundaries. In addition, by being located within the CPHA, eligible non-profits, government organizations, and businesses may qualify for benefits including:

Matching Grants for Non Profits and Government agencies

Loans and Tax Credits for Small Businesses

Marketing Grants for Heritage Areas and local Tourism offices

Support for the operations of local Heritage Area Management Entities

Technical Assistance from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and other State Agencies

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