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Shelby, Tuberville bill extends Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area funding for 15 years

Legislation authored by Alabama’s U.S. Senate delegation would extend the authorization of Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area (MSNHA) programs and funding eligibility for an additional 15 years.

Established by Congress in 2009, the MSNHA is the Yellowhammer State’s only National Heritage Area (NHA).

NHAs are formed through partnerships between the National Park Service, state and local entities to support conservation and public access. The public-private partnerships are designed to spur tourism, increase heritage conservation, promote recreation and support economic development.

In a statement announcing the legislation, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) touched on the culture-rich heritage of the Shoals area.

“The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area promotes a wide variety of rich traditions in northwest Alabama,” said Shelby. “From the Tennessee River to Fame Recording Studio, the landmarks and historic culture of these counties should be preserved. I am pleased to introduce this reauthorization bill with Senator Tuberville to help maintain this designation.”

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) spoke to the need of protecting the MSNHA for future generations.

“Northwest Alabama holds great cultural and historical significance for both our state and country,” noted Tuberville. “I am proud to introduce legislation that reauthorizes the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and ensures we preserve our history for generations to come.”

During his press call on Wednesday, Alabama’s junior senator expanded on the legislation and touted the MSNHA’s impact on northwest Alabama.

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Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL