Hatteras Village and Ocracoke Selected as Preserve
Hatteras Village and Ocracoke are two of the seven areas
of North Carolina selected to be Preserve America communities.
Preserve America is a White House initiative that supports a
community's preservation of its natural heritage. The goals of the program
include "a greater shared knowledge about the Nation's past, strengthened
regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in
preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support
for the economic vitality of our communities" according to the Preserve
America web site.
• The U.S. Department of the Interior's Cooperative Conservation Initiative (CCI) helps build partnerships between land managers and landowners to conserve natural resources.
• The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has directed the Economic Development Administration to support Preserve America projects as potential investment opportunities.
• Save America's Treasures is a program to rescue historic sites, monuments, artifacts and documents that "tell America's story."
Hatteras Village and Ocracoke were selected as Preserve
America communities in part because of how they use their historical
assets for economic revitalization. The five other areas selected in North
Carolina are Thomasville, Gaston County, Gastonia, Kinston and Edenton.