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Congressman Tim Ryan Delivers Testimony on Steel Valley National Heritage Area Legislation

May 22, 2019
Press Release
Includes Mahoning, Trumbull, Mercer, and Lawrence Counties of Ohio and Pennsylvania

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (Oh-13) today testified on his legislation to establish the Steel Valley National Heritage Area to preserve and protect the rich history of the steel industry in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Congressman Ryan testified before House Natural Resources Committee’s National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee on his legislation for this National Heritage Area (H.R. 2525).  Introduced with Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-16), this legislation would designate Mahoning, Trumbull, Mercer, and Lawrence counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania as the Steel Valley National Heritage Area. 

It would also establish a commission of Ohioans and Pennsylvanians with knowledge of historic preservation, natural resources conservation, economic development and tourism, organized labor, the arts, and local communities. In addition to developing and implementing a management plan, the commission would be tasked with integrating and promoting industrial steel and manufacturing-related heritage sites, cultural initiatives, and recreational opportunities within the National Heritage Area.

“Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania have a rich steel history. For decades this region was one of the five largest steel making areas in the world. Its mills played a fundamental role in the development of our nation, raising great American cities, building iconic infrastructure, and winning wars. Steel workers powered the labor movement, grew the middle class, and were the economic and cultural lifeblood of the industrial Midwest. The Steel Valley National Heritage Area would honor this legacy by integrating and promoting steel related heritage sites, cultural initiatives, and recreational opportunities within this region,” said Congressman Ryan. “This is a great American story, and for years the people in our community have been an integral part of the great industrial middle class in America. As we chart a path forward into a new future and a new economy, it’s important that we remember where we came from. These designations help us honor our history and instill a sense of pride in our young people.”

Click the photo above to watch and/or download the video here.
 

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are established by Congress to support community-based historic preservation, natural resource conservation, heritage tourism, recreation, and cultural interpretation. To be considered for this designation, an area must have nationally distinctive historic, cultural, and natural resources that together tell a unique story about the United States.

You can find the full text of the bill here.

You can find a map of the Steel Valley National Heritage Area, including verified sites of historic steel mills, here.

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