[Heritage] All-Star Communities program to support local heritage efforts

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Thu Sep 20 13:15:01 PDT 2012

Oregon Heritage is launching a recognition program to recognize and
support communities that embrace and promote their heritage resources.
By participating, communities will be able to safeguard important
elements of the past, advance both “quality of life” and economic
objectives, and enhance their unique community character.
“Many communities are already doing great work with their heritage
resources,” says Roger Roper, Deputy State Historic Preservation
Officer. “We hope the program will raise public awareness about
communities that already recognize the value of local heritage,
encourage collaboration among heritage organizations and projects, and
increase community access to resources.” 
The Oregon Heritage All-Star Community program has three main goals:
educate communities about the full spectrum of cultural heritage;
encourage communities to expand, strengthen and coordinate their
participation in cultural heritage; and recognize communities that reach
an exemplary level of participation.
In order to qualify, a community must meet at least 15 of 20 criteria
related to heritage resources. The selected communities will receive
signage, a certificate, a special designation on the Travel Oregon web
site, use of a logo, and Heritage All-Star Community Leadership Services
– technical support, workshops and tools. Communities that meet at least
10 of the criteria may also submit an application of interest to obtain
additional support in achieving additional criteria to qualify.
Oregon Heritage, which includes the State Historic Preservation Office,
the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the Oregon Commission on Historic
Cemeteries, is located in the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information about the Oregon Heritage All-Star Community
program and the application process, visit www.oregonheritage.org or
contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or 503-986-0685. 
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