Economic Impact

Economic Impact Report (2020)

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 

Since 1996, nearly $43 million in financial assistance awarded and more than $1.6 billion in non-state funds for heritage tourism projects and activities leveraged.

Maryland Heritage Areas Program
Economic Contribution Analysis
December 2020

Maryland’s history, culture and landscapes are assets unique to the state, drawing heritage visitors year after year. Each of Maryland’s 13 certied Heritage Areas are dened by the preservation of irreplicable sites and the amplication 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 dierent 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.