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NPS designates county as Certified Local Government

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The National Park Service has announced, in concurrence with the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Office, it has designated Hawaii County, Hawaii as a Certified Local Government.

This designation makes the community an official partner in the portion of the federal historic preservation program which engages local, state, and federal partners to promote historic preservation at the grassroots level.

As a Certified Local Government, Hawaii County can use expert technical historic preservation advice from the National Park Service and the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Office.

The designation also gives Hawaii County access to grants for historic preservation that are available solely from the Historic Preservation Fund for Certified Local Governments.

“As a Certified Local Government, Hawaii County has made a commitment to historic preservation and protecting what makes their community special,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Their efforts will not only preserve the social, cultural, and ethnic heritage that enriches America, but can serve as an important economic engine by creating jobs and spurring heritage tourism in their community.”

Administered by the National Park Service through the State Historic Preservation Offices, the Certified Local Government program links the three levels of government into a preservation partnership for the identification, evaluation and protection of historic properties.

In order to become certified, a local government must meet several requirements, chief of which is committing to enforcing local and state historic preservation laws and establishing a qualified historic preservation commission.

More than 1,880 communities participate in the Certified Local Government program.

— Find out more:
www.nps.gov/history/hpg/local/…

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