MotorCities National Heritage Area

October 26, 2017

DETROIT -- The MotorCities National Heritage Area, a non-profit organization dedicated to the historic preservation of the automotive industry, along with partners the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tourism Windsor, has won a prestigious Partnership Award from the Director of the National Park Service (NPS) for the “Find Your Road Trip” tourism guide.

"Find Your Road Trip" celebrated the 2016 NPS Centennial and was designed to bring greater awareness to more people about the unique story of how the area 'Put the World on Wheels'. MotorCities collaborated with their tourism partners and six National Park sites in Michigan during the Centennial celebration.

The tourism guide created a contest too. By visiting a combination of six heritage sites and one NPS site, passport stamp collectors received a certificate from Governor Snyder stating "I Found My Michigan National Parks."

“As an affiliate of the National Park Service, we wanted to increase awareness about the unique and multi-faceted story of this region’s automotive heritage,” said Shawn Pomaville-Size, executive director of MotorCities. “We could not have distributed 40,000 copies nor had so many winners of the passport contest without the help of our two partners, the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. There were only six NPS Director’s Partnership awards distributed nationwide, so this is quite an honor for the region” Pomaville-Size added.

"Each year, these awards celebrate great partnerships and great accomplishments,” said Acting Director of the National Park Service Michael T. Reynolds. “This year's recipients demonstrate the breadth and depth of what can be achieved through partnerships with the National Park Service. They exemplify the important work partners carry out every day in national parks and communities across the country."

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About MotorCities NHA:
Headquartered in Detroit, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership is a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the National Park Service that serves 16 counties representing a population of over 6.5 million. Its mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the region’s rich automotive and labor heritage. Regional programs inspire residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation, and the world. Find MotorCities on the web at; also visit their Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter/Instagram: @MotorCities.

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