Thompson receives Heritage Champion Award at D.C. event

February 11, 2020
In The News

Rep. Glenn Thompson accepted the Heritage Champion Award last week for his advocacy on behalf of the Oil Region National Heritage Area and the National Heritage Areas program bill.

A news release from the Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA) says the award was presented by ANHA to Thompson and three other national heritage area advocates at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Thompson was recognized by ANHA for testifying "strongly for the re-authorization of Oil Region and for national program legislation," the release said.

As a recent member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Thompson "defended the cost-effectiveness of the program and reinforced the value of all NHAs," according to the release.

Passage of the 2020 Interior Appropriations bill in December extended federal funding for the local area's National Heritage Area through Sept. 30, 2022.

In his acceptance speech, Thompson said national heritage areas were "one of the finest public-private partnership models in the country" because they "do so many things that are so important."

In December the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism sent a letter of appreciation to Thompson and his staff for their "leadership and support" in ensuring that the designation of national heritage area was extended for the Oil Region in the appropriations bill.

The Oil Region Alliance, which oversees the Oil Region National Heritage Area (ORNHA), said that without the help of Thompson and his staff, those in the region "would not be able to experience as fully and preserve as carefully the distinctive legacy which the Oil Region has as the 1859 birthplace of the world's petroleum industry."

In a speech at the awards presentation, John Phillips, president and CEO of the Oil Region Alliance, commended Thompson. Phillips said he has been "very impressed" with Thompson's advocacy for the ORNHA.

In addition to Thompson, ANHA awarded the Heritage Champion Award to New York Rep. Nita Lowey and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. ANHA also recognized as a heritage champion Martha Raymond, who is the national coordinator for the Heritage Area Program at the National Park Service.