DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Dingell and U.S. Sen. Carl Levin have introduced bills to maintain the MotorCities National Heritage Area.
Federal funding for the area in southeastern and central Michigan is set to expire on Sept. 30.The House and Senate bills would grant a 16-year extension through September 2030. An appropriations bill has given extensions to nine other National Heritage Areas.
Dingell says Congress first approved funding for the region in 1998 to "help preserve and promote Michigan's rich automotive and labor heritage." He says the funding raises the awareness of the automobile's impact in the region by promoting tourism and education.
The area covers 10,000 square miles in Michigan, including more than 6 million people.