Background Materials — Forces Shaping our Future
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Heritage tourism substantially boosts local businesses, with the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, which includes several county municipalities, contributing $590 million in economic impact, supporting 6,154 jobs, and generating nearly $38 million in state and local tax revenue.

Historic designations can boost individual and neighborhood values. Houses in the 2006 expansion area of the West Chester Downtown Historic District command an average $36,000 premium over houses elsewhere in the borough.

Lukens Historic District

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Brandywine Battlefield

Chester County is defined in part by its cultural and historic resources. As of 2015, 635 properties were listed or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Despite National Register listings and local regulation, losses of significant properties and their context are still occurring.

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