Sustainability Plan for Oil Region is Topic for Tuesday Public Meeting in Oil City

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The Oil Region National Heritage Area was designated in 2004 by Congress; its territory includes Venango and eastern Crawford County. The non-profit Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism administers the National Heritage Area. Looking ahead for the next ten years, a study is underway to identify major strategies for sustainability as defined by the National Park Service.

The final public meeting about this Sustainability Plan will be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 4 p.m. in City Hall, 21 Seneca Street, Oil City, PA. Jim Klein with the consulting firm of Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects of Alexandria, Virginia will present the major findings and draft recommendations to attendees, who will then be invited to react to the draft plan suggestions that afternoon or by November 24 so that any necessary corrections or adjustments may be made prior to adoption of the resulting ORNHA Sustainability Plan during the December meeting of the ORA Board of Directors.

A particular focus of the draft Plan is on how ORA and ORNHA can diversify its outside funding and investment sources that are needed to keep the ORNHA moving forward while fulfilling the responsibilities of a national heritage area. Sections of the draft document are as follows: Introduction; Planning Context; Organizational Strengths; New Challenges and Opportunities; The
Next Ten Years; Strategies for Sustainability; Initiatives to Achieve Sustainability; and Appendices.

The public is welcome to attend free of charge. A condensed summary of the draft Sustainability Plan will be provided to each attendee. Following the public meeting, the full draft plan will be available on line at www.lardnerklein.com/public/ORNHA/ORAdraft111015x.

Funding for this planning endeavor is being provided by the National Park Service, matched by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation within the Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plus private sector match by the Oil Region Alliance.

For more information, or to provide comments if unable to attend the meeting in person, please contact ORA’s Vice President for Heritage Development, Mrs. Marilyn Black, (814) 677-3152, Ext. 105, mblack@oilregion.org.

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