The Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area is a collective effort, involving many organizations and agencies with a stake in the success of the heritage area. Partnerships, informal or formal, are critical to achieving success.
“Partners” may be organizations, community groups, local governments, agencies, businesses, or nonprofits. They operate at all levels – local, regional, state, and federal. They especially include those that address the needs of local heritage in a variety of ways – including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, businesses, and such civic groups as local trail committees or organizers of local festivals and events.
Individual organizations, agencies, and sites in the heritage area are critical in presenting elements of the heritage area’s interpretive and other offerings, whether they do so individually or through collaboration with other organizations.
Federal recognition provides credibility and reinforces recognition by partners and communities of the significance of the heritage area.
The Heritage Area includes one National Park, Minute Man National Historical Park and three National Wildlife Refuges, Assabet River, Great Meadows, and Oxbow, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
State coordination and support is critical for implementing elements of the heritage area’s management plan, including historic preservation, Main Street-style programming, and tourism.
Education departments assist in organizing outreach to schools and humanities councils with funding for educational programs (both school-based and adult programs). State historical and natural parks are key sites for the interpretive system. Scenic roads, bikeways, and trails are affected by Departments of Transportation.
REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCIES
Regional planning agencies assist in the coordination of planning and growth management between communities on a regional basis.
Central Mass Regional Planning Commission
Metropolitan Area Planning Commission
Montachusett Regional Planning Commission
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
North Suburban Planning Council
Northern Middlesex County of Governments
Southwest Regional Planning Commission
Partners promoting cultural heritage tourism in the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area include:
Concord Chamber of Commerce (MA)
Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau (MA)
Johnny Appleseed Trail Association (MA)
Lexington Chamber of Commerce (MA)
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development