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December 21, 2014
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Common Waters Partnership receives grant to help build a thriving economy


HAWLEY, PA — The Common Waters Partnership has been awarded a $6,000 grant from the Appalachian Gateway Communities Initiative for the Upper Delaware River region to implement a plan supporting economic development through arts, culture, heritage and natural resources.

The Common Waters Partnership sent a team of local leaders, land managers and tourism and community arts representatives to participate in a program earlier this year. The Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshops focused on helping communities spark economic development. The Common Waters team crafted a project titled “Confluence,” which aims to enhance tourism to the Delaware River watershed region by collecting and sharing stories from local people.

Excerpts of interviews will be pinned to an interactive digital mapping website that can be used by visitors and residents alike to listen to the people of our area speak about why and how where they live is important to what they make. “Confluence” will gather stories first in Hawley, as it is considered a transitional economic area in the Appalachian region. The project, however, hopes to visit many other watershed towns and hamlets in the region to “catch stories” there as well.