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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Park Service will place the New York State Barge Canal on the National Register of Historic Places, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced today.

The new designation for the Barge Canal, comprised of the Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, Champlain Canal and Cayuga-Seneca Canal, will expand opportunities for federal historic tax credits and other resources, to support economic development initiatives near the Barge Canal.

“The Barge Canal includes some of the nation’s most recognized waterways and is a New York gem,” Sen. Gillibrand said. “The Barge canal is a true historic destination. I am pleased the National Park Service has granted this designation, which will help preserve the Barge Canal and expand opportunities for local developments in the area.”

“We are grateful to Senator Gillibrand for her leadership and support for helping us reach this momentous milestone,” said Bob Radliff, Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “This recognition greatly enhances our ability to achieve our goals of promoting the Corridor as a world-class destination and fostering vibrant communities connected by our treasured waterways.”

The Barge Canal spans more than 500 miles and is nearly 190 years old, with the Erie Canal being established in 1825 and development of other canals soon following.

According to a report by the New York State Canal Corporation, the Erie Canal’s non-tourism economic impact is more than $6.2 billion annually, supporting over 8,800 direct and 26,400 indirect jobs. The canal systems have shaped history in upstate New York, and created opportunities for economic developments throughout the state.

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