FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Immediate Release Contact: Aaron Johnson

March 9, 2006 (202) 225-4676

Rep. Musgrave Thanks First Lady For Preservation Grant

Historic Preservation funds provided for six SE Colorado counties

Washington, DC: After Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) petitioned the U.S. Department of Interior to provide a grant to six Colorado counties, First Lady Laura Bush and Interior Secretary Gale Norton presented a grant check to Ann Pritzlaff on behalf of the Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Program. The $130,000 grant will assist the development of tourism in an area of our state hit by recent factory layoffs.

Notable sites for increased tourism in Southeast Colorado include the Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site, Bent's Old Fort, and the Granada Relocation Center where Japanese-Americans were sent during World War II.

"The several hundred jobs lost recently is devastating, especially in small, rural communities," said Musgrave. "I am pleased to see local residents collaborating to diversify the economy and taking steps to boost tourism. This portion of Colorado has a lot of interesting and historically significant locations that will help draw visitors from around the nation. On behalf of the local communities, it was an honor to thank the First Lady for this grant."

Last month, Congresswoman Musgrave sent a letter petitioning for this $130,000 Preserve America Historic Preservation Fund Grant to help the implementation of the "Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Program" in Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers Counties. (Letter attached.)

Musgrave recognizes the benefits of diversifying the local economies of this region that has suffered through droughts and hit by recent layoffs. She recognizes the benefits of this federal grant and sent her petition to the Department of Interior to support the Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Program.

Preserve America is an initiative that is a priority of First Lady Laura Bush because it encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our nation's priceless cultural and natural heritage.

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Marilyn Musgrave began serving in the United States House of Representatives in January 2003, and she represents Colorado's Fourth Congressional District. Musgrave is a member of the House Committees on Agriculture, Education and the Workforce, Resources, and Small Business. To learn more about Rep. Musgrave please visit her official website at http://www.house.gov/musgrave.

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February 7, 2006

Mr. Hampton Tucker

Chief of Historic Preservation Grants Division

National Park Service

1849 C St. NW (ORG Code 2256)

Washington, DC 20240

Dear Mr. Tucker:

I give my strongest support to the Colorado Historic Society and I ask that you consider them for $130,000 Preserve America Historic Preservation Fund Grant for FY2006 that will enable them to implement the "Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Program". I proudly represent Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers Counties that comprise the region of Colorado that would be affected by the grant. This area is deep-rooted in history and I believe it is not only important to preserve its heritage but also to tell the story of the Southeastern plains to visitors and tourists.

Southeastern Colorado is filled with significant historical sights, beautiful landscapes, and good people. The rural communities in Southeastern Colorado were recently devastated by the loss of 1,000 jobs. The residents of this area are resilient people. They are looking for other areas of industry for this region that has been historically agriculturally driven.

Arkansas Valley Area Marketing Coalition (AVAMC) was created in 2002 to support regional economic development and encourage diversification of industries. One of the first steps taken by AVAMC was to commission a study to identify the potential industry sectors to boost each county's economy. The study concluded that tourism was the sector showing the strongest promise for all six counties. This grant would be a catalyst to market and promote tourism in a region steeped in history from the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to the Granada Relocation Center.

As you are making decisions on grantees, I respectfully ask that you would award the grant to the Colorado Historical Society for the "Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Program". Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

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Marilyn Musgrave

Member of Congress (CO-04)