A non-profit attempting to boost tourism along US 6 is getting some financial help from the state.
State Senator Joe Scarnati announced earlier this week that the Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corporation will receive "$100,000 to provide technical assistance to communities along Route 6 to implement their heritage work plans, coordinate the Route 6 Artisan Trail for 2013 and identify and promote trail systems that can connect to Route 6," according to a press release.
The grants were provided through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Community Conservation Partnership Program. The CCPP program is administered by DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other non-profits, for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.
"These state investments in local projects will help to improve the quality of life for area residents and build on the many recreational and natural resources we have in the region," said Scarnati. "I am very pleased that CCPP has recognized the importance of these projects within our community."
More than $1.03 million were awarded to a total of six organizations to "make improvements to part and recreation facilities, promote snowmobile and other trail systems, and protect greenways," according to the release.
If the Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corporation sounds familiar, it's because they came to Warren earlier this year and did a total of seven presentations with the goal of identifying points of interest in the county that can maximize tourism across the corridor.
Route 6 Heritage Corporation Executive Director Terri Dennison and EADS Group Planning Services Manager Rick Truscello guided the discussions. At the sessions, Truscello said Warren is moving quickly through the process due to tourism planning that has already been done. "Route 6 is a destination," he said. "There are different experiences along that corridor."