[Source: City of Scottsdale] -- First Lady Laura Bush has notified Scottsdale that the city has been accepted as a Preserve America community, recognizing its historic preservation efforts. “President Bush and I applaud your achievement,” Mrs. Bush wrote in her notification letter. “As your community shares its story with residents and visitors, you set a great example for others.” Preserve America is an Administration initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy the nation’s cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative 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. Mrs. Bush is the honorary chair.
“This is an important designation for Scottsdale,” said Mayor Mary Manross. “It confirms the community’s commitment to honor our past and the special character that has made Scottsdale such a quality community.” Scottsdale was recognized for the city’s demonstrated commitment to historic preservation and support for heritage tourism activities through a partnership with the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. The designation also means Scottsdale is eligible to apply for funding for a range of projects, including tourism, promotion and preservation activities. [Note: To read the full letter from Mrs. Bush, click here.]