The Maryland Heritage Areas Program contributes a combined total of $2.4 billion to the Maryland
economy, supports and sustains a combined total of 33,815 full-time and part-time jobs throughout
the state, and generates $319.8 million in economic impact.
Maryland's history, culture and landscapes are assets unique to the state, drawing heritage visitors
year after year. Each of Maryland's 13 certified Heritage Areas are defined by the preservation of
irreplicable sites and the amplification of the voices capturing the stories and spirit of the
past. Across Maryland, these distinctive areas help establish the identity of a place or region,
creating a unique destination different from all other areas. Heritage Areas are locally operated
entities that foster public–private partnership to preserve historic sites and buildings, natural
environments, cultural traditions and uniquely Maryland experiences. In June 2019, Maryland
Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) engaged Parker Philips, Inc. to measure the economic and
societal contribution of Maryland's 13 Heritage Areas, and their visitors, across the state. Each
individual Heritage Area represents a facet of Maryland's one-of-a-kind story.