PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor January 2015 Newsletter
January 2015 Newsletter
10 YEARS OF SUCCESS ON ROUTE 6
Ten years ago, Governor Edward Rendell formally recognized the section of US Route 6 in Pennsylvania for its transportation heritage and history of moving resources and people across the Commonwealth. On January 15, 2005, the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor became the 12th Pennsylvania Heritage Area.
Long considered a popular driving destination and favorite American road-trip, approximately 3.5 million people travel the 427 miles of US Route 6 and 6N each year to visit the historic sites, national and state parks, artist studios, and quaint towns that resonate that authentic American feel. Those travelers spend over $91 million as they enjoy the scenic overlooks and breathtaking views.
"Much has been accomplished in the last ten years," PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director Terri Dennison said. "Being a scenic driving destination requires efforts to ensure that the roadway, the communities and the landscape all live up to the promise of an enjoyable road-trip while celebrating the local heritage and culture that make this a special highway."
The PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor is managed by the PA Route 6 Alliance, a 501(c3) organization representing private and public organizations, county and local officials, and interested stakeholders throughout the eleven counties link by the scenic highway: Crawford, Erie, Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Wyoming, Lackawanna,Wayne and Pike. The Alliance's mission is focused on efforts to preserve, enhance and promote the transportation heritage of one of the nation's first transcontinental highways; to sustain and enhance the small rural communities linked by the highway; and to preserve and enhance the natural, scenic beauty of one of America's favorite "road trips". Read more...
DO 6: THE ROAD AHEAD
Work continues on the revision of the PA Route 6 Management Action Plan and Corridor Management Plan after very insightful regional meetings held in December and early January. The next step is to interview targeted focus groups and key individuals. The PA Route 6 office will assist the consulting team, led by the EADS Group, to schedule these interviews.
Focus groups will be formed around the following categories with calls held as noted:
- Heritage Communities
Wednesday, January 28th, 10 a.m.
- Accommodations (hotel/ motel/ B&B/campgrounds)
Date to be determined
-Heritage Sites/ Museums
Thursday, January 29th, 10 a.m.
If you would like to participate in one of these focus groups, please contact the Alliance office.
All information presented and compiled at the regional meeting is available on the project work site: www.do6theroadahead.com.
Throw Back Thursdays #TBT
(Grey Towers, Home of Gifford Pinchot, Milford, PA)
In celebration of our 10th Anniversary of being a PA Heritage Area, all throughout 2015, our Facebook Page (US Route 6 in Pennsylvania) will feature news articles, stories and even postcards from the past. Joyce Tice from the History Center on Main Street in Mansfield has lent us a few of her favorite images of Route 6 in the golden days. Make sure you like the page and check out what's on our trip down memory lane every Thursday.
HOMETOWN HEROES PROGRAM - UPDATE
Back in November, we introduced the Hometown Heroes Program, a program that helps communities recognize their veterans by installing pole banners with the veteran's name and service. Several communities said that they would like to participate. We will be holding a conference call with all interested parties to outline how to implemented this program on Wednesday, January 28th at 9 a.m. Call or email the office if you would like to participate in this conference call. 814-435-7706814-435-7706 or email@example.com
AMERICAN ROAD - SPRING ISSUE
For many years, PA Route 6 has been advertising with
American Road magazine with great success. Thousands of readers have requested brochures and information through the magazine's request program and hundreds have downloaded Route 6 itineraries from the American Road website. American Road caters to the car enthusiasts. Its readers are devoted road trippers with 100% taking at least 2 journeys a year. Everyone who advertises becomes part of a downloadable itinerary on the American Road website.
Why not consider being part of our advertisement in the Spring Issue of this popular magazine? Download the Ad Placement Form and return the form and your ad by January 31st.
Call for DO 6 Award Nominations
Every year at our Annual Meeting in May, we recognize individuals, organizations, businesses and corporations exemplify the mission of the PA Route 6 Alliance to protect and preserve the scenic, cultural, historical and recreational resources in the northern tier. Please help us identify those movers and shakers and their outstanding efforts
by nominating them for a "Do 6" Award.
(2014 "DO 6" Heritage Partnership Award Winner-Joyce Tice, History Center on Main Street, Mansfield, PA)