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Cultural Heritage Tourism

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In our 37th year as an organization helping to empower communities with the tools to put them on the map as leaders in livability, Partners for Livable Communities is pleased to present this updated publication on cultural heritage tourism. As the tourism industry has boomed in the decades since Partners for Livable Communities began its cultural heritage tourism initiatives, communities have become increasingly eager to find ways attract tourists and capture the dollars they bring with them. However, when hard times come, it can be a challenge to persuade those among us of the benefits of preserving culture, heritage, and their artifacts from the past.

This guide represents the culmination of our experience and knowledge on an issue that has such a great potential for community development. Our hope is to demonstrate how cultural heritage is not just something to preserve for future generations, but is in fact an asset that can be leveraged to bring real economic benefits to the community.

Robert McNulty, president of Partners, can come to your community to speak about the necessity of developing a cultural heritage tourism strategy as well as share best practices and resources learned from Partners' decades of experience in this arena. Download Cultural Heritage Tourism


Boston Children's Hospital

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The comprehensive health of a community is impacted by a number of factors, and it therefore takes a united effort from a wide range of community organizations to most effectively address the issue. The Boston Children’s Hospital on Longwood Avenue in Boston’s Medical Area focuses on partnering with key community-based organizations to concentrate resources and fight the most pressing health issues facing the residents of Boston. To determine what those issues are, the hospital staff conducts a community survey every three years that assesses strengths and weaknesses of current programs and reviews data to find the most practical way to delegate their resources. 

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Professional Development Course on Cultural Tourism from UBC

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Online Professional Development Course — Cultural Tourism: Impacting Communities Worldwide — starts June 9

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Cultural Planning and Development is offering a new session of an online professional development course, “Cultural Tourism: Impacting Communities Worldwide”, starting June 9, 2014. Explore the importance of one of the fastest-growing tourism segments, its relevance to community and cultural planning, and how to develop sustainable and authentic cultural tourism practices and plans. This course is authored and instructed by Cheryl Hargrove, president of HTC Partners and the first Director of Cultural and Heritage Tourism at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC.

This course can be taken individually for professional development or applied towards the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning – an international professional learning program delivered 100% online. Register before May 26 with the coupon code PLANS14 to save $100 CAN on the standard registration fee.

For more information about the program and other professional development opportunities offered, you can visit www.cstudies.ubc.ca/cultural-planning


Grantmakers In Aging Releases New Resources for Community AGEnda

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Each day, more than 10,000 Boomers turn 65, heralding a dramatic influx of older adults in our cities, towns, and villages during the next 25 years. As America’s population ages, experts believe that the most successful and vibrant communities of the 21st Century will be those that are age-friendly – ones that allow for greater mobility, productivity, and optimal health and well-being for people of all ages.  Grantmakers In Aging, in partnership with the Pfizer Foundation, is pleased to announce three new resources from its Community AGEnda project, which is helping communities across the country become better places to grow up and grow older.  These include an introductory report, a set of tools to help funders and others take on this work, and a searchable database of projects around the country.  For more information, please see:  www.giaging.org/communityagenda.


Alexandria Archaeology

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During the 1960s, Washington, DC and its surrounding communities experienced an urban renewal that saw a rebuilding of infrastructure and consequently required the destruction of a number of older buildings in the area. In Alexandria, an independent city a short distance from DC, the destruction of the old buildings uncovered an abundance of historical artifacts that shed light on the history of the area. Realizing that there was a plethora of previously undiscovered, culturally-important artifacts right beneath their feet, the city’s leadership created the Office of Historic Alexandria to try to cultivate and make sense of this new information.

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City Leaders Team in Memphis Featured in Federal Reserve Article

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The efforts of the City Leaders Institute team in Memphis, Tennessee were featured in the latest publication of Bridges, a quarterly journal of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

The Plough Foundation and their program associate, Katie Midgley, have been leading the way to prepare Memphis for the increase in the number and share of older adults in the population. After researching the availability and quality of existing services as well as commissioning a survey of 500 older adults within the county, Plough identified home modifications supportive of the ability to age in place as its top priority within its aging agenda.

Memphis is participating in Partners for Livable Communities and MetLife Foundation’s City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place. The program is in its second year and has worked in fifteen communities across the country.

The Memphis team is working to develop a resource for older adults in Shelby County that will determine an individual’s home modification needs, direct the individual to services that can perform the modifications, and provide funding for those older adults unable to afford the modificiations needed to allow them to remain in their home for as long as possible.

Read more about the efforts in Memphis and the City Leaders Institute: The Graying of America: Preparing for What Comes Next (Bridges Fall 2013).

Learn more about the City Leaders Institute.

Check out the Plough Foundation website.


Best Practices: Creating the Healthy Community

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Partners compiled a collection of best practices of traditional community institutions incorporating health and wellness into their agenda and programming to improve community health. The best practices focus on improving the health of at least one of three constituencies: distressed communities, at-risk youth, and the vulnerable elderly.

Examples of institutions include arts and culture organizations, botanical gardens, community development corporations (CDCs), faith-based organizations, libraries, museums, public markets, and zoos.

Click here to download Creating the Healthy Community - Using All Assets: Institutions as Fulcrums of Change

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