Last week, Congressman Andrews announced that the National Parks Service has begun to explore our region's potential for a new and booming tourism industry along the Delaware River. At the Congressman's request, the parks service will review whether the southern stretch of the Delaware River, running from Trenton to Salem, should be incorporated in the National Parks System -- a determination that will increase federal aid for our area, boost tourism, and create new job opportunities for the people of South Jersey.
Over the past 10 years, the Delaware River area has experienced a revitalization and garnered attention as one of our nation's most unique destinations. The Delaware River Basin is home to countless historical, cultural and natural resources, while providing water for drinking, as well as agricultural and industrial use, for over fifteen million people. If successfully deemed a National Park site, both sides of the river will be eligible to receive federal funds from the Department of the Interior to develop and preserve the scenic and historic land around the Delaware. The money would be used to improve existing attractions, as well as to build new facilities that would make the park more accessible to visitors. Plans similar to Rep. Andrews' current proposal have already succeeded in creating over $7 billion in revenue for local businesses across the nation.
"The parks service has already created about 150,000 jobs around the country, and it's time to bring some more of those jobs to South Jersey," Congressman Andrews said. "The Delaware River Basin is beautiful and it's seen a lot of America's history unfold. This could put our region on the map for countless tourists from all over the world who want to explore the river's natural beauty and historical significance."
At a time when millions of Americans struggle to find work, the economic benefits stemming from a new National Park in South Jersey cannot be overlooked. Congressman Andrews will continue working hard to identify promising opportunities for new jobs, like a new tourism industry along the Delaware River, so that our region remains competitive while continuing to be a great place to live, work, and visit.